My mom's birthday and her birthday Kahlua Crunch Cake

My mom and dad came to visit over my mom's spring break and we got to celebrate my mom's (day after) birthday with her! She emailed over the recipe for the birthday cake she wanted.. and I have to say it was one of the best cakes I have ever had.. and I am not really a cake (or pecan) person. Each cake layer had a yummy crunchy layer that was delicious!

Check out the pics, you may need a glass of cold milk!

Kahlua Crunch Cake

Crunch layer:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3/4 cup firmly packed sugar (light)
3/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 finely chopped pecans

1 pkg Duncan Hines white cake mix
1/2 cup water
2 whole eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/5 cup flavored liqueur (Kahlua or Rum, or Amaretto)

1 can Pillsbury ready to spread vanilla frosting 8 oz container ready whip topping
2 tablespoon liqueur pecan halves
(A home-made cream cheese frosting would be good too!)

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flower 3-9 inch round cake pans. In a small mixing bowl combine all crunch layer until crumbly. Press 1/3 of crunch mixture into bottom of each prepared pan.

In a large mixing bowl blend all cake ingredients at low speed until moistened, beat 2 minutes at high speed. Pour batter over crunch layers. Bake 25-30 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely.

In large bowl combine all frosting ingredients, except pecan halves, blend until smooth and creamy. To assemble place 1 layer crunch side up on a serving plate. Spread with frosting. Place 2nd layer, frost, place 3rd layer, frost sides and top. Arrange pecan halves around the edge of cake. Store in refrigerator.

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