Butter Pecan Cake

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This here cake might look all highfalutin, but don’t let that fool ya. Anyone can whip it up, even if y’all ain’t got a lick of decorating know-how. It’s sure to dazzle your guests this holiday season!

Now, don’t go worrying about slicing up cake layers, which can be a real pain in the behind, since they tend to crumble apart. Instead, just bake two thin cake rounds for those nice, even layers.

And as for the decorating, it’s as easy as pie. Buttercream spreads like a dream, and even if you’re a greenhorn baker, this cake’ll turn out lookin’ real purdy. I’ll be the first to tell ya, pipin’ frosting ain’t exactly my strong suit. But this butter pecan cake? It’s a cinch to frost and smooths on in just one purty layer.

What Is Butter Pecan?

This here’s a beloved flavor that you’ll find in all sorts of goodies, like syrup, cookies, cakes, and ice cream. When you take a bite of Butter Pecan, you’ll be tastin’ a mix of nutty toasted pecans, rich brown butter, and just a whisper of vanilla bean.

Here are some tips for making this cake, so you can whip up a real masterpiece:

  1. First off, grease and flour the cake pans to make sure your cakes don’t stick and come out nice and easy. You could also put a round piece of parchment paper at the bottom of the pan, if you’d like.
  2. When you’re making the buttercream, be sure that the butter is at room temperature. It’ll make mixing a breeze, give you the right texture, and keep those pesky lumps away.
  3. Speaking of room temperature, make sure your eggs are at the same temperature when you add them to the batter. It’ll help with even baking. And don’t forget to add eggs one at a time for smooth mixing.
  4. Take it slow when adding the confectioners sugar to the butter in your stand mixer. It’ll save you from a sugar storm and mix everything up just right.
  5. Let that cake cool completely before frosting, or your pretty frosting will melt right off. If y’all don’t have pecans handy, no worries. Just swap them out for walnuts or hazelnuts.

Butter Pecan Cake

Butter Pecan Cake is the bee's knees! It's got layers of delicate, moist vanilla cake just filled with crunchy, buttery toasted pecans. And let me tell ya, that rich and creamy homemade cream cheese frosting? It's simply the best thing you'll ever taste!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12 Slices


Butter Pecan Cake:

  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 ⅓ cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • cup softened butter

Buttercream Frosting:

  • 4 cups powdered sugar divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 tablespoons whole milk
  • ¼ cup softened butter


Butter Pecan Cake:

  • Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Toss in them pecans and cook ’em for 4-6 minutes, stirrin’ frequently, till they’re nice and toasty. Set ’em aside to cool.
  • Preheat your oven to 350° F. Grease and lightly flour two 8-inch round cake pans. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, bakin’ powder, and salt. Set that aside for now.
  • In a large bowl, grab your stand or hand mixer and beat ⅔ cup of softened butter on medium-high for ’bout 30 seconds.
  • Lower the speed to medium, and slowly add the sugar. Keep mixin’ till it’s all combined. Scrape the bowl and give it another 2 minutes of mixin’.
  • Stir in the vanilla and one egg, beatin’ till they’re blended. Then, mix in the other egg.
  • Lower the speed once more, and alternately add the flour mixture and milk, beatin’ just until it’s all mixed in.
  • Gently fold in 1 cup of the toasted pecans. Divide the batter evenly into your prepared pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the pans cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove the cake layers and cool ’em completely. Then, get ready to make that buttercream and start decoratin’.

Buttercream Frosting:

  • In your mixer, beat the butter and vanilla on medium speed till they’re light and fluffy. Turn the speed down low and slowly add in 2 cups of powdered sugar.
  • Mix in 3 tablespoons of milk, and then gradually beat in the rest of the powdered sugar and milk.

Decoratin’ the Cake:

  • Spread a thin layer of buttercream on top of one cake layer.
  • Carefully place the second cake layer on top, and frost the sides and top with the remainin’ buttercream till it’s all covered.
  • Finish it off by sprinklin’ the rest of them toasted butter pecans on top.

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  1. Carol Parrish

    Recipes are very appetizing

  2. Catherine Telgenhof

    5 stars
    Everything looks great!

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