Butter Pecan Cake Recipe

Butter Pecan Cake Recipe

How To Make Butter Pecan Cake

This moist butter pecan cake is topped with crunchy pecan nuts and coated with a rich cream cheese frosting, for a decadent dessert!

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Cool Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 55 minutes



  • 2cupsFishers Pecan Halves,chopped into small bits
  • 3tbspunsalted butter,diced into 3 pieces
  • 3cupsall-purpose flour
  • 2tspbaking powder
  • ½tspbaking soda
  • ½tspsalt
  • 1cupunsalted butter,softened
  • cupgranulated sugar
  • 4large eggs
  • tspvanilla extract
  • 1cupbuttermilk
  • ½cupmilk

For Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1cupbutter,nearly at room temperature
  • 12ozcream cheese,nearly at room temperature
  • 1tspvanilla extract
  • 5cupspowdered sugar
  • ½cupFishers Pecan Halves,chopped, for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and line 3 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper, butter parchment paper and lightly dust pans with flour shaking out excess. Set pans aside.

  2. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add the pecans and cook for about 4 minutes until slightly browned and fragrant, tossing frequently.

  3. Pour and spread onto a sheet of parchment paper or a baking sheet. Set aside and allow to cool.

  4. In a bowl, stir together buttermilk and milk. Set aside.

  5. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt for 20 seconds, set aside.

  6. Using an electric mixer, whip together butter and sugar until very pale and fluffy. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, adding in vanilla with the last egg.

  7. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix on low speed just until combined. Add the buttermilk mixture and mix just until combined then repeat the process once more.

  8. Remove bowl from stand mixer and fold in pecans. Divide the batter evenly among prepared baking pans.

  9. Bake in the oven for 23 to 28 minutes.

  10. Remove from oven and cool in cake pans 10 minutes. Run a knife around edges of cake to ensure the are loosened and invert onto wire racks to cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together the butter and cream cheese until smooth.

  2. Mix in the vanilla and powdered sugar, then blend until smooth and fluffy.

  3. Once the cake is cool, frost with cream cheese frosting and top with pecans. Enjoy!


  • Calories: 665.62kcal
  • Fat: 40.35g
  • Saturated Fat: 19.25g
  • Trans Fat: 0.91g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 13.55g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.40g
  • Carbohydrates: 72.54g
  • Fiber: 1.88g
  • Sugar: 54.34g
  • Protein: 6.83g
  • Cholesterol: 122.66mg
  • Sodium: 257.80mg
  • Calcium: 105.83mg
  • Potassium: 158.16mg
  • Iron: 1.68mg
  • Vitamin A: 281.09µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.29mg
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