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Pecan Pie Cake

Chris and I absolutely died over this Pecan Pie cake, and we’ve decided that it needs to make an appearance at every major holiday event for the rest of our lives!

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Pecan Pie Cake. Have you ever heard of it?

Apparently it’s a classic Southern recipe. Despite being a North Carolina girl myself, I had actually never heard of this recipe until I found it on Sweet Jeanette via Pinterest. I’ve been swooning over the looks of it for weeks.

Basically, it’s a hybrid of pie and cake. Ummmmmm, so obviously I needed to be a part of this.

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But I admit to having some reservations about the recipe when I first read through it. For one, I just couldn’t imagine how it could taste like anything other than cake + pecans + caramel. Which would be good, of course, but I didn’t think it could actually taste like pecan pie.

And, at first glance, the recipe looked like it might have a few too many steps (uh, I’m the laziest baker ever). But after a few simplifications, it’s really not so bad. Although you still have to whip those darned egg whites… but there’s just no way around it. They make the cake delightfully porous and fluffy, helping it soak up all of the caramel ganache in between the layers.

Pecan Pie |

Pecan Pie |

This cake is so, so, so good. All of the great qualities of cake and pecan pie combine to form one super-dessert, and it’s absolutely perfect for the holidays. Or any day! Like… today :)

Pecan Pie Cake


    For the Cake:
  • 3 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup light or dark corn syrup
  • For the *Caramel Ganache FIlling:
  • 11 ounce bag Caramel Bits
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream


    For the Cake:
  1. Line and grease 2 9-inch round cake pans. Place 1 cup of the chopped pecans in each cake pan (using 2 cups total) in an even layer. Set aside.
  2. Beat together the butter and shortening until smooth and mixed together. Beat in the sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla until creamy.
  3. Mix in the flour, baking soda and buttermilk until batter forms. Mix remaining 1 cup pecans into the batter.
  4. Whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the cake batter in two additions. Divide the batter evenly between the two cake pans. Bake at 350ºF for 35-45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Let cool for about 20 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely. Brush the corn syrup on the pecan side of the cakes and around the sides while the cake is still warm.
  6. For the Caramel Ganache:
  7. Meanwhile, place the caramel and the heavy whipping cream in a medium microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, and stir until melted and smooth (heat for additional time if necessary).
  8. Let mixture cool to room temperature. Use an electric mixer to whisk until it forms a frosting consistency.
  9. Assembly:
  10. Cut each cake through the middle to form 4 layers of cake.
  11. Spread the caramel ganache in between each layer. Slice and serve!


I let the cakes and caramel ganache cool overnight. This made assembly in the morning a cinch!

Note: The original recipe provides a different version of the caramel filling. So feel free to try that. I also think you could easily substitute store-bought Dulce De Leche to simplify the recipe even more.


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19 Responses to “Pecan Pie Cake”

  1. Marsha Thompson posted on November 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm (#)

    Great site Love the recipes!!

  2. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen posted on November 19, 2013 at 8:43 pm (#)

    Girl, this is FABULOUS! Pinned it everywhere at Pinterest on group boards! xo

  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on November 20, 2013 at 3:56 am (#)

    Four layer cakes…I honestly never make and you’re making me want to start! More opportunity for frosting consumption with all those layers :)

  4. Megan - The Emotional Baker posted on November 20, 2013 at 7:26 am (#)

    I’d love a big bite of that pie cake! I can’t wait to try it :)

  5. Nancy posted on November 20, 2013 at 11:53 am (#)

    Seriously – this is going to be on my Thanksgiving table this year! I make pecan pie every year. This looks like a fabulous alternative!

  6. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie posted on November 20, 2013 at 12:29 pm (#)

    I enjoy that you turned a pie into a cake. And now you are making it difficult for me to decide on a dessert to bring for Thanksgiving!

  7. Jennie @themessybakerblog posted on November 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm (#)

    Everyone should take part in this pie/cake concoction. This looks delicious!

  8. Ala posted on November 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm (#)

    Make this a staple at basically every gathering ever? Done! Would you call it your favorite dessert to bring, or is that lucky spot in your heart taken by something else atm? ;) (either way, I’m lovin’ this!)

  9. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on November 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm (#)

    Lately I have been all about the pecan pie and fun twists to it. I am dying over this awesome looking cake right now! Can I come to your holiday party???

  10. Karly posted on November 21, 2013 at 11:21 am (#)

    Duuuuuude. You’re going to make me add ANOTHER dessert to our Thanksgiving menu?? Love this.

  11. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on November 21, 2013 at 10:06 pm (#)

    This. Is. FABULOUS!

  12. capturing joy with kristen duke posted on November 26, 2013 at 12:11 am (#)

    That looks amazing!

  13. Joe Dee posted on January 12, 2014 at 7:32 pm (#)

    Technical comment/suggestion: FIX the type! Light grey text on a white background? Who designed this, someone who doesn’t want your site viewed often?

  14. Charity posted on June 14, 2014 at 8:18 am (#)

    Can you substitute coconut oil or more butter for the shortening in this recipe?

    • Ashton posted on June 14, 2014 at 3:39 pm (#)

      I haven’t tried it yet, but my guess is you could probably try butter. Coconut oil would be risky. Let me know if you try it :)

  15. Charity posted on June 26, 2014 at 1:07 pm (#)

    This was awesome! Butter substitution s perfect! We all loved it (and I don’t enjoy pecan pie… But this was perfect!)

  16. Cathy posted on September 2, 2014 at 9:02 am (#)

    Can this be made in a 13 x 9 pan? Adjustments? Thanks!

    • Ashton posted on September 2, 2014 at 9:14 pm (#)

      I’ve never tried it, but my guess is that you can :) If you try it, be sure to let me know!

  17. Diana posted on February 7, 2015 at 11:17 pm (#)

    My husband requested this for his birthday. It was a HUGE hit with everyone!  Thank you for this recipe!