Why this isn't as popular as it once was, I will never know.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 9 inch layer cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and line with parchment two 9 inch round pans.

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  • Combine the crumbs, 1/2 cup pecans, flour, baking powder, and salt.

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and the light brown sugar until fluffy. Slowly beat in the egg yolks, one at a time. Stir in the vanilla. Alternately add the milk and the crumb mixture while beating on low.

  • Beat the egg whites in a bowl until foamy. Add the sugar slowly, and beat to soft peaks. Fold into the crumb batter, and pour into the pans.

  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans on a rack about 10 minutes, then invert and cool completely.

  • To Make Frosting: In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the 2 tablespoon sugar until it turns golden. Remove from heat, and add 4 tablespoons of the butter; swirl. Whisk in the dark brown sugar, and place back on the heat. Bring to a boil, stirring all the time. Add the cream, and bring back to a boil. Boil 1 minute, and remove caramel from heat.

  • Place the confectioners' sugar in a large bowl, and mixing on medium speed, slowly drizzle in the caramel. Beat until the bottom of the bowl is just barely warm, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining 1 1/4 cups butter, 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat until smooth, and chill frosting until ready to ice the cake. Frost the cake, and press the pecans into the sides.

Nutrition Facts

709 calories; protein 5.2g 11% DV; carbohydrates 59.2g 19% DV; fat 52g 80% DV; cholesterol 168.1mg 56% DV; sodium 255.5mg 10% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2011
Great recipe, just like my grandmother's. In reading some of the reviews, I noticed some folks wondered about the amount of flour. Not sure why the cake fell apart for one reviewer, but the flour amount is correct. I'm a pastry chef, and can say that the graham takes the place of flour, both providing gluten and tenderizing. The whites must be prepped as instructed, because they provide structure and lift to the cake. If they're not properly whipped and carefully folded in, the result will be a dense cake with the wrong texture. The yolks and all the sugar also tenderize, so you've got to really adhere to the recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2002
This cake is rather tedious to make. Although I received rave reviews from my guests who tried it I don't think I'll try this recipe again. I've made it twice now and both times the cake itself literally falls apart as I try to frost it. The frosting tastes really good but all that butter scares me! Read More
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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2011
Great recipe, just like my grandmother's. In reading some of the reviews, I noticed some folks wondered about the amount of flour. Not sure why the cake fell apart for one reviewer, but the flour amount is correct. I'm a pastry chef, and can say that the graham takes the place of flour, both providing gluten and tenderizing. The whites must be prepped as instructed, because they provide structure and lift to the cake. If they're not properly whipped and carefully folded in, the result will be a dense cake with the wrong texture. The yolks and all the sugar also tenderize, so you've got to really adhere to the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/13/2008
I've had graham cracker cake only once before at a bakery in Asheville NC. I was looking for a similar recipe and I'm happy to say that this is it! There are a lot of steps to make the cake but they're not hard and they're well worth it. The frosting is a change from the buttercream my palate expects; the high butter ratio almost tastes like something is wrong at first but once I adjust my expectations I realize it's the perfect complement to the cake. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/29/2002
This cake is rather tedious to make. Although I received rave reviews from my guests who tried it I don't think I'll try this recipe again. I've made it twice now and both times the cake itself literally falls apart as I try to frost it. The frosting tastes really good but all that butter scares me! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/07/2010
Unexpectedly good. It's a dense cake - not light and fluffy but the flavor is yummy. I made them as part of a s'mores cupcake. I'm not sure it was the right cake for a s'more. But it would be amazing with a cream cheese icing and crunchy toffee or pecan garnish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2012
Okay, WOW. I'm not a 'sweet' person by most standards (salt & cheese are my vices) by this recipe is amazing! I made cupcakes instead of a cake, which may have helped the rising / fluffy factor. When this recipe asks you to add sugar to egg whites and fluff, it's asking you to make a proper meringue. And you MUST make a proper meringue, or your cake won't rise at all - the air inside the meringue expands as you bake your cake, giving it rise and fluffiness. And the icing? Is ridiculous, caramel-y goodness. Not your traditional icing in the slightest. Yum! I took these to one of my classes and they just about died - have never gotten so many over-the-moon compliments as I did with this recipe! Thanks for sharing Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2012
This cake was AMAZING!!! It was so light & moist my most favourite cake now. It's not so hard to make just need everything at room temp & follow directions. So very worth it. Tips for icing the cake: Yes the cake is very delicate so you want to make sure that your cake is cold before you ice it. Stick it in the fridge for a few hours it will make the cake so much easier to work with. Also if using a butter cream icing make sure you whip it lots & that it's warm. Whip the icing every few minutes if needed so it doesn't start to set on you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
I've never heard of or had a graham cracker cake before finding this recipe I really enjoyed it a very rich cake. I will make it again. Thanks for sharing this recipe Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/01/2010
People thought it tasted fine but no rave reviews. I don't have any better reviews towards making it either. The list of little steps didn't bother me but it was so delicate it was so difficult to frost or handle. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/29/2011
Broke apart on me - it tasted amazing but fell completely apart. I think that it may be too much graham cracker in it and that it's destabilizing the 'glue' of the cake. I can't remember the last time I saw a cake calling for.5 cups of a flour Read More
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