Recipe: Chocolate & Pecan Spice Cake with Tahini Buttercream Icing & Sesame Praline

The recipe looks long, but it really isn’t!

I have broken down all the stages to make it easier to prepare. Its such a quick cake to bake, and the tahini icing is simply next level! enjoy

xx

PS. My perfectionist tendencies want to apologize for the rustic – ness of the cake, that is because I have a 5 year old helping, who insisted she do the lining of the cake tin. When you do it, I know it will be lovely and even and your cake will be smooth and look a lot less rustic 🙂 

 

AuthorTaryne JakobiCategoryDessert, Cakes & Tarts

Yields1 Serving
Chocolate & Pecan Spice Cake with Tahini Buttercream Icing & Sesame Praline
For The Cake
 160 g castor sugar
 160 g butter
 40 g light brown sugar
 3 eggs
 150 g plain flour, sifted
 10 ml baking powder
 15 ml mixed spice
 125 g pecan nut meal/ ground pecan nuts
 250 ml sour cream, or plain yoghurt
Chocolate & Pecan Nut Mixture
 100 g pecan nuts, shelled and chopped
 ½ cup dark chocolate, chopped
 40 g light brown sugar
 10 ml mixed spice
For The Buttercream Icing
 140 g butter, softened
 280 g icing sugar, sifted
 30 ml milk
 ¼ cup tahini
For The Sesame Praline
 1 cup white sugar
 2 tbsp water
 2 tbsp sesame seeds
For The Pecan Chocolate Spice Mix
1

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and set aside while you make the cake.

For The Sesame Praline
2

Line a baking tray with baking paper or a silicone mat.
Place the sugar and water in a saucepan and cook over a low heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
Increase the heat, and stop stirring, the mixture will turn golden brown, watch it carefully.
Remove and add the sesame seeds
Pour onto the baking tray and allow to cool.
When cold break half the praline into shards, place the other half in a spice grinder or processor and grind. Alternatively pop in a ziplock bag and crush with a rolling pin.

For The Cake
3

Preheat oven to 180oC. Grease and line 2 round sandwich tins

4

Cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

5

Fold in the flour, baking powder, mixed spice, and pecan meal. Use a wooden spoon, and do not over mix.
Stir in the sour cream or yoghurt.

6

Divide the mixture in two and spoon into the prepared tins.
Sprinkle over the pecan nut and chocolate mixture.
Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
remove from the oven and place on a cake rack to cool

For The Tahini Buttercream
7

While the cake is baking make the buttercream icing.
Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft and light in colour.
Add half of the icing sugar and beat until smooth.
Add the remaining icing sugar and one tablespoon of the milk and beat the mixture until creamy and smooth.
Add remainder of the milk, if necessary, to loosen the mixture.
Swirl through the buttercream 1- 2 tablespoons of tahini

To Assemble The Cake
8

When cool remove cakes from tins.
Spread a few large dollops of icing across the top of one of the cakes.
Sprinkle with the crushed praline.
Layer second cake on top of first cake.
Spread with more buttercream, and drizzle with remaining tahini.
Decorate with sesame praline shards and serve

Ingredients

Chocolate & Pecan Spice Cake with Tahini Buttercream Icing & Sesame Praline
For The Cake
 160 g castor sugar
 160 g butter
 40 g light brown sugar
 3 eggs
 150 g plain flour, sifted
 10 ml baking powder
 15 ml mixed spice
 125 g pecan nut meal/ ground pecan nuts
 250 ml sour cream, or plain yoghurt
Chocolate & Pecan Nut Mixture
 100 g pecan nuts, shelled and chopped
 ½ cup dark chocolate, chopped
 40 g light brown sugar
 10 ml mixed spice
For The Buttercream Icing
 140 g butter, softened
 280 g icing sugar, sifted
 30 ml milk
 ¼ cup tahini
For The Sesame Praline
 1 cup white sugar
 2 tbsp water
 2 tbsp sesame seeds

Directions

For The Pecan Chocolate Spice Mix
1

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and set aside while you make the cake.

For The Sesame Praline
2

Line a baking tray with baking paper or a silicone mat.
Place the sugar and water in a saucepan and cook over a low heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
Increase the heat, and stop stirring, the mixture will turn golden brown, watch it carefully.
Remove and add the sesame seeds
Pour onto the baking tray and allow to cool.
When cold break half the praline into shards, place the other half in a spice grinder or processor and grind. Alternatively pop in a ziplock bag and crush with a rolling pin.

For The Cake
3

Preheat oven to 180oC. Grease and line 2 round sandwich tins

4

Cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

5

Fold in the flour, baking powder, mixed spice, and pecan meal. Use a wooden spoon, and do not over mix.
Stir in the sour cream or yoghurt.

6

Divide the mixture in two and spoon into the prepared tins.
Sprinkle over the pecan nut and chocolate mixture.
Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
remove from the oven and place on a cake rack to cool

For The Tahini Buttercream
7

While the cake is baking make the buttercream icing.
Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft and light in colour.
Add half of the icing sugar and beat until smooth.
Add the remaining icing sugar and one tablespoon of the milk and beat the mixture until creamy and smooth.
Add remainder of the milk, if necessary, to loosen the mixture.
Swirl through the buttercream 1- 2 tablespoons of tahini

To Assemble The Cake
8

When cool remove cakes from tins.
Spread a few large dollops of icing across the top of one of the cakes.
Sprinkle with the crushed praline.
Layer second cake on top of first cake.
Spread with more buttercream, and drizzle with remaining tahini.
Decorate with sesame praline shards and serve

Chocolate & Pecan Spice Cake with Tahini Buttercream Icing & Sesame Praline

 

 

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