1 1/4 cups pecan halves, toasted dark and finely ground
Put 1/2 stick butter into a large nonstick
skillet. Using the tip of a paring knife, scrape
seeds from vanilla bean into skillet, and toss in
pod. Cook over medium heat until butter is lightly
browned, about 2 minutes. Stir in apples, cider,
and 1 cup granulated sugar. Raise heat to medium-
high, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8
minutes. Reduce heat to low, and cook until apples
are golden and translucent and liquid has
evaporated, about 10 minutes. Discard vanilla pod.
Let coolPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 8-
by-2-inch round cake pans. Dust with flour, and
tap out excess. Whisk together flour, baking
powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Reserve 1/4
cup flour mixture
Beat remaining 2 sticks butter, remaining 1 1/2
cups granulated sugar, and the brown sugar with a
mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy,
about 5 minutes. Reduce speed to medium, and add
eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each
addition. Reduce speed to low. Beat in flour
mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the sour
cream and scraping bowl as needed. Add remaining
1/4 cup flour mixture to apple mixture, and toss.
Fold in apple mixture and pecan
Divide batter between prepared pans. Bake until
tops are dark golden brown and a toothpick
inserted into centers comes out clean, 55 to 65
minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes on a wire rack.
Run a knife around edges of cakes to loosen.
Unmold cakes, and let cool, right side up, on
rack. (Cakes can be wrapped in plastic and
refrigerated for up to 3 days.
Assemble cake- Trim each cake so it's 1 3/4 inches
high. Place 1 cake, cut side up, on a cake stand.
Spread 1 1/2 cups buttercream over top. Place
remaining cake, cut side down, on top. Spread 1
cup buttercream over entire cake. Refrigerate
until firm, about 45 minutes. Spread remaining
frosting over cake. (Cake can be refrigerated,
Before serving, decorate with marzipan pumpkins,
acorns, and leaves
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