Chocolate Pecan-Fudge Cake

½ cup unsalted butter; at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar; firmly packed
4 large eggs
1 cup chocolate syrup
⅔ cups Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup Pecan Valley Pecan Pieces
1 recipe Chocolate Pecan Glaze1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2. Lightly grease a 9-inch round cake pan.
3. With electric mixer at medium speed. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
4. With mixer at medium-low speed, beat in eggs until well blended.
5. Add syrup, Bailey’s, coffee granules, and flour, and beat until well mixed. Fold in chopped pecans. Pour into prepared pan.
6. Bake in preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes, or until center is firm and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from cake pan to a wire rack to cool.

Makes 10 to 12 servings

Chocolate Pecan Glaze
¾ cups semisweet chocolate chips
16 Pecan Valley Pecan Halves
¼ cup sour cream; at room temperature
1 tablespoon Bailey’s Irish Cream1. Melt the chocolate in a small heavy saucepan over very low heat. Dip one end of each whole pecan into melted chocolate. Place on waxed paper and refrigerate until chocolate has hardened.
2. To remaining melted chocolate, stir in Bailey’s until well blended, 1 tablespoon at a time. Place cooled cake on a serving plate. Spread glaze over top of cake. Decorate cake with whole pecans. Cut into wedges to serve.

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