Butter Pecan Cake

Dawn Hammond


Blue Ribbon Recipe

This is one of the best cakes I have ever had!  It was so good in fact, that I had to get it out of the house so I would not eat it all!  I did, however, add ½ cup more pecans so that I would have some for the icing.   Also, if you prefer thick icing (like I do) you might want to double the icing recipe. The Test Kitchen


★★★★☆ 68 votes



Add to Grocery List

  • 3 Tbsp
  • 1 c
    pecans, chopped
  • 2/3 c
    butter, softened
  • 1 c
  • 2
  • 2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 2/3 c
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    vanilla extract

  • 3 Tbsp
    butter, softened
  • 3 c
    powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 3/4 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • ·
    pecans, toasted

How to Make Butter Pecan Cake


  1. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a 13x9x2 inch baking pan; stir in pecans and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes; cool.
  2. Cream softened butter in a large mixing bowl; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy and sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  5. Stir in vanilla and 1 cup pecans, reserving remaining pecans for Butter Pecan Frosting.
  6. Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 9 inch cakepans; bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cake tests done.
  7. Cool layers in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans, and cool completely.
  8. Spread top and sides of cooled cake with Butter Pecan Frosting - Yield: one 2-layer cake.
  9. Butter Pecan Frosting: Cream butter; add sugar, milk and vanilla, beating until light and fluffy.
  10. Stir in reserved toasted pecans - Yield: enough frosting for one 2-layer cake.

Printable Recipe Card

About Butter Pecan Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

Show 313 Comments & Reviews

27 Blue Ribbon Chocolate Cake Recipes

27 Blue Ribbon Chocolate Cake Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Chocoholics rejoice! 27 Blue Ribbon chocolate cake recipes that will make all your chocolate dreams come true. We suggest adding a gallon of milk to your grocery list today.

12 Heavenly Pound Cake Recipes

12 Heavenly Pound Cake Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

We love us some pound cakes, the mouth-watering amazingness is always worth the extra time on the treadmill. Here are some of our favorites!

Flavorful Blueberry Recipes To Brighten Your Day

Flavorful Blueberry Recipes to Brighten Your Day

Kitchen Crew

The markets are bursting with blueberries these days! That makes me very happy because not only are they yummy, they're super healthy. Packed with antioxidants, research shows blueberries can help...