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  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons (1.25 oz/35g) butter or stick margarine
  • 2 teaspoons light-colored corn syrup
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Combine brown sugar and next 4 ingredients (brown sugar through salt) in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
  • Reduce heat, and simmer until thick (about 5 minutes), stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  • Add confectioners' sugar and 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla; beat at medium speed of a mixer until smooth and slightly warm. Cool 2 to 3 minutes (frosting will be thin but thickens as it cools).
  • Place 1 cake layer on a plate; spoon 1/2 cup frosting on to cake layer spreading to cover. Top with remaining cake layer.
  • Frost top and sides of cake, and garnish top of cake with pecan halves (optional).
  • Store cake loosely covered in refrigerator.

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