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jane's cheesy pecan cake

(1 rating)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Jane Manookin
Salina, KS

Had an epiphany and decided to make something new. I love coffee cake (sans coffee) and pecans!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This dessert transforms a yellow cake mix into a completely different cake. The cake itself is buttery (thanks to butterscotch pudding added to the batter). Once baked, the cake has a nice gooey middle with bits of pecans throughout. It reminds us of butter pecan ice cream. The topping is unusual but fantastic. It's a mix of cream cheese, margarine, and marshmallows. It's sweet, tangy, and soaks into the cake while baking. Delicious for brunch, dessert, or as an afternoon treat.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(1 rating)
yield 12 serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For jane's cheesy pecan cake

  • 1 box
    white or yellow cake mix (15.25 oz)
  • 1 box
    instant sugar-free pudding mix (I use butterscotch) (3.5 oz)
  • 2 lg
  • 1 1/2 c
    milk (you can also use unsweetened almond milk)
  • 3/4 c
    pecans, rough chopped and toasted
  • 1/4 c
    brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 c
  • 1/2 c
  • 8 oz
    cream cheese

How To Make jane's cheesy pecan cake

  • Chopped pecans on a cutting board.
    Chop pecans to your desired texture.
  • Pecans toasting in a skillet.
    Toast in a dry skillet over medium heat until crisp and fragrant.
  • Microwaving cream cheese, butter, and marshmallows.
    Meanwhile, place cheese, margarine, and marshmallows in a glass dish in microwave oven (cover with a paper towel). Melt for 4 minutes on 25% power.
  • Marshmallow mixture stirred together.
    Stir. It's ok if the marshmallows are still a little lumpy.
  • Pouring milk into cake batter.
    While pecans toast and cheese melts, combine cake and pudding mixes. Add eggs. Slowly moisten with milk.
  • Texture batter should be.
    Pour milk until a thick batter is achieved.
  • Batter in a baking dish with pecans on top.
    Spread cake batter in a 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle with toasted pecans.
  • Brown sugar sprinkled on top of the cake.
    Then sprinkle with brown sugar. It's ok to have some clumps with bare batter peeking through.
  • Spooning marshmallow cheese mixture over the cake.
    Finally, pour or spoon cheese mixture over top in rivulets.
  • Pecan cake baking in the oven.
    Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until cheese is barely scorching and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. (Be sure to stick the toothpick in a spot of cake only.)
  • A slice of Jane's Cheesy Pecan Cake on a plate.
    Cool (or don't) and enjoy!