Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Crunch Topping 1 3 Cups (450 g) walnuts, finely chopped 2 3 Cups (360 g) vanilla wafers (about 75 cookies) 3 3 Cups (540 g) brown sugar 4 12 oz (340 g) butter Pumpkin Crunch Cake 1 1¼ (250 g) cup sugar 2 6 oz (168 g) softened butter 3 1 16 oz (425 g) can solid pack pumpkin 4 2½ ( 300 g) Cups flour 5 ½ Cup (96 g) Greek yogurt 6 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) pure vanilla 7 1 Tablespoon (15 g) pumpkin pie spice 8 2¼ Teaspoons( 12 g) baking powder 9 ¾ Teaspoon (4 g) baking soda 10 ½ Teaspoon (2.5) Salt 11 4 Large Eggs Cream Cheese Frosting 1 24 oz (454 g) cream cheese 2 8 oz (227 g) softened butter 3 2 cups (150 g) confectioners (powdered) sugar 4 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) pure vanilla

Crunch Topping 1. Melt Butter 2. In a food processor, pulse cookies to a fine crumb. Remove from processor and put into a medium bowl. 3. Then pulse walnuts to very small pieces. Add walnuts to the bowl with the cookie crumbs. 4. Add in Brown Sugar and mix well. 5. Add in Melted Butter and mix until completely blended. 6. Place one very full cup of the mixture into 3 greased 8″ round cake pans, pressing into bottom and spreading it evenly into the cake pans. Reserve about 2 cups of the mixture which will be baked to use on the sides of the cake.

While your cakes are baking prepare a Cream Cheese Frosting. I made this mistake and ended up scraping much of the crumb mixture off the pans and piecing it back together on top of the cake layers. 6.) Top the frosted layer with a second layer and frost the top. Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. I recommend refrigerating the layers for an hour or so to make frosting easier. then turn them out onto a wire racks and allow to completely cool. scrapping down the bowl frequently . Divide batter equally into your 3 prepared cake pans on top of the nut/cookie mixture. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. DO NOT LET THE CAKES COOL IN THE PANS. 7. Do not over blend. Whip the cream cheese and butter till very smooth and creamy 2. 3. When you have assembled all the layers with some frosting between them. 3. Frost one layer of cake. Allow pans to cool about 10 minutes.7. start to spread the remaining frosting on the sides and top. Add in the Eggs. especially if you had to piece the crumb mixture back on top of the cake. Place remaining crunch mixture in a 4th cake pan or pie dish and allow to bake for the same amount of time as the cakes. Set pans aside and begin cake. 5. 8. except the eggs. one at a time just until blended. Set aside till needed. smooth it out and make it as even as possible in the pan. at the halfway mark rotate the pans . Break up the extra crunch mix to very small bits to use to decorate the cake with. Add In Pumpkin and all the rest of the ingredients. Slowly add in the powdered sugar while mixer is on low setting 3. Mix just until blended. 9. . 4. After your cake is completely cooled. (If you use the icing recipe I list here. This is important because the crunch mixture will stick to the pans and you’ll be scraping it out. Add in Vanilla and mix well. you’ll have plenty of frosting to make pretty thick layers in between the layers. Cream Cheese Frosting 1. This was almost a Pinterest FAIL! Luckily I fixed it all in the frosting stage of the cake. Then begin frosting the layers and putting the cake together. Assembly 1. Repeat with the third layer. 2. 8. Pumpkin Cake 1. 2. If you use 2 racks to bake on in the oven. In your mixer beat sugar and butter for about 3-5 minutes until light and fluffy.

coat sides and top with your extra crunch mixture.4. When finished frosting the cake. *Store cake in refrigerator. Just take handfuls of the crunch mixture and carefully smash it into the sides of the frosted cake. 5. .

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