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Pecan Spice Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

kept byCarolineS
recipe byEpicurious

For cake
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces and softened, plus additional for buttering pans
2 3/4 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs at room temperature 30 minutes
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sour cream
3/4 cup pecans (3 ounces), toasted , cooled, and finely chopped

For frosting
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh lemon zest
3 3/4 cups confectioners sugar (from a 1-pound package)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/3 cups pecans (5 ounces), toasted, cooled, and finely chopped

Special equipment: 2 (9-inch) round cake pans (2 inches deep)
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