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2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
11/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped, divided

Frosting

16 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar, plus more as needed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Ready-to-use caramel sundae sauce

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 9-inch round baking pans with flour-added baking spray.
  • Stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg together in a bowl and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar, eggs, pumpkin, oil and vanilla just until mixed. Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and stir until blended.
  • Stir in 1/2 cup of the chopped pecans, then divide cake batter evenly between the two pans.
  • Bake cakes on the center rack for about 32-35 minutes or until a pick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs. Let cakes cool for about 10 minutes, then carefully turn out of the pans and let them cool completely on a wire rack.
  • When cakes are completely cool, make the frosting. Beat the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Gradually add the two cups of powdered sugar, beating until smooth, then beat in the vanilla extract. Taste test. If you prefer a sweeter frosting, add more sugar and continue beating.
  • Frost and stack layers, then garnish with remaining pecans and caramel sauce before serving.

Servings: 12. Serving size: 1 slice. Per serving: 742 calories, 8.76 g protein, 46.10 g fat, 68.97 g carbohydrates, 3.61 g dietary fiber, 418 mg sodium, 44.51 g sugars, 108 mg cholesterol