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Toasted Butter Pecan Cake Recipe

Toasted Butter Pecan Cake Recipe

If you like butter pecan ice cream, you'll love this cake. Loads of nuts are folded into the batter, and more are sprinkled over the delectable frosting. —Phyllis Edwards, Fort Valley, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:12-16 servings


  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 cup softened butter, divided
  • 2-2/3 cups chopped pecans
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 11 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 6-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons 2% milk


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small heavy skillet, heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add pecans; cook until toasted, about 4 minutes. Cool.
  • 2. Cream sugar and remaining butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Beat just until combined. Fold in 2 cups pecans, reserving remainder.
  • 3. Spread batter evenly into three greased and waxed paper-lined 9-in. round pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 4. For frosting, beat cream cheese, butter, confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Beat in enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with remaining pecans. Refrigerate. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 786 calories, 43g fat (19g saturated fat), 130mg cholesterol, 351mg sodium, 96g carbohydrate (72g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.

Reviews for Toasted Butter Pecan Cake

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Sherrietprice User ID: 8544097 233209
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2015

"This is now one of my favorite Cakes & will be my go to one, I made it for our Church Social & it was a huge hit. I did alter the recipe a bit. I used 4 cake pans & cut them into & made a 8 Layer Cake, I roasted 4 cups of Pecans in 4 Tablespoons of Butter, I put 2 cups in the Batter as per directions & 2 cups Mixed in the Icing, I used 2 Packages of Cream Cheese & 2 Sticks Butter, 7 cups of Sifted Confectioners' Sugar, 2. Teaspoons Vanilla Extract, 3 Tablespoons 2% Milk. I had several people ask for the recipe..."

Stefini19 User ID: 6691009 227388
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2015

"Delicious and moist cake with killer frosting!"

maryannperry User ID: 8400091 227367
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2015

"I have a question, do you sifted the flour before adding additional dry ingredients?"

nitegal User ID: 463249 227366
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2015

"I've made this without the pecans many times. I need to try it this way!"

Coneja User ID: 1704533 162072
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2014

"I don't often take the time to write reviews, but this one deserves compliments. It is one of my families favorite desserts and I save it for special occasions, Easter, for instance, because I don't want them to get too used to it...that's how good it is. Really truly delicious, the frosting pairs perfectly with the rich, moist cake. I can't say enough good things about it: Try it, you won't regret it!"

kendra.otto User ID: 6750146 94020
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2014

"This was a delicious cake! It was a nice change from the usual desserts I make when company comes around. This cake feeds many! And, for those of you concerned about the calories, I was too. But, I cut my cake into 20 pieces! That lowered the calorie count down to 471 calories, which is still a lot. This is a sometimes-cake as I like to call it! :) Delicious!"

raybar User ID: 215631 94176
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2014

"Awesome cake..I exchanged the pecans with Black Waluts..Awesome!!!"

chad68164 User ID: 7675739 161969
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2014

"Totally awesome cake!!!"

0910l0v3 User ID: 6655167 94112
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2013

"I have made this several times. The first time was for a bake sale and it was among the first to go. It is always complimented."

KmMcK User ID: 4696823 66758
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"Favorite cake yet. Love the cream cheese frosting. I recommend trying to avoid putting in the nuts that become finely crushed, they make the cake look dirty."

preston_linda User ID: 3410065 162775
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011

"Just looking at the picture makes my mouth water! The texture is perfect if you don't beat too much air into the batter, like the recipe tells you not to (ei:beat just until combined). I toasted double the amount of pecans and froze half for the next cake-they were just as delicious as if they'd been fresh-roasted. This is one cake I could easily consume all by myself (but won't - I'm pretty good at sharing)! I bake wedding cakes as gifts for friends and family and this cake is going to be the next one I do. Thank you, Phyllis Edwards, for sharing your wonderful recipe with us! Yolbolson-lp"

heatmoon User ID: 3493577 94110
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2010

"I made this cake for my Mom 3 years ago, Everytime someones birthday comes up they say, "can you ask Heather to make that amazing cake" .... and I do, everyone absolutely loves it!!"

jpauls01 User ID: 3770333 146529
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2010

"I've made this recipe about a dozen times. My husband requests it regularly and says it tastes even better than Butter Pecan Ice Cream. I also use the Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe as my ONLY recipe for frosting now. It has been it hit everywhere I've gone with this cake!"

heatherhulse1 User ID: 3015278 94019
Reviewed May. 14, 2010

"I loved this recipe. My husband, who doesn't normally like cake polished off the rest of it (about 1/3). The toasted pecans add a lot of flavor. It isn't too sweet and is very delicious!"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 162070
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2010

"Made this for my husband's 27th birthday. We loved it!

~ Theresa"

iluvlemon User ID: 4743462 147412
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

"This cake was wonderful. Though it was a bit rich, it is moist and fluffy, and airy, and pretty simple to make! If you like butter pecan ice cream, then you will definitely like this!"

bwilliams57 User ID: 4593749 167708
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2009

"I cooked this cake for dinner at work. It was a big hit. Very moist and love all the icing. I will pick on top of my list. This ia a wonderful recipe."

michelle rabin User ID: 1014901 100527
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2009

"I think this cake is unique in flavor and absolutely delicious. I am making if for a bake sale this weekend, and know it will be a hit! I love Taste of Home Recipes! They have made me a much better cook! Michelle Rabin"

kaitlyn'smommy User ID: 3996686 74788
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2009

"This cake is moist, rich and delicious. Great cake to entertain guests. Thanks for sharing. I will make this again."

ssbaldridge User ID: 454442 100525
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2009

"This cake is very good, but the recipe makes way too much frosting. And the calorie count is outrageous!"

meg7565 User ID: 3875992 116559
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2009

"This cake was soo good. It turned out very good."

fredandolive User ID: 3944537 94018
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2009

"I made this for Christmas. It was soooo good. The only thing I would do differently is not refridgerate it b/c it dried out a little. And watch the nuts carefully while you toast them b/c they burn easily. This was a great cake and frosting was definetly enough!!!"

cajinbojo User ID: 2049118 147030
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2009

"I made this cake for my Dad's 80th birthday, which we celebrated at a local restaurant. Everyone loved it, including the restaurant staff and owner. It was requested again for my Mom's 80th with the same results and now I'll be making it again for my Dad. It is absolutely fantastic. I never get to bring any home everyone eats every last crumb."

BJS Mom User ID: 772530 147028
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2009

"I made this cake from the recipe in the magazine. I took it to my Mom's house for the holidays. Everyone loved it. There was not a single slice left. The toasted pecans really brought out the flavor. I also added some pecans on the frosting between the layers."

atjawest User ID: 3155767 161850
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2008

"I made this cake following the directions exactly and added a 1/2 tsp of butter flavoring. I also did not use the cream cheese frosting, but replaced it with butter cream. Excellent!"

mumsey fletcher User ID: 2638351 74787
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2008

"I made this recipe when 1st came out in magazine. I took it to a tea. It was awesome!!!!Taste-wonderful,picture-wonderful. There was nothing left on plate. People were asking weeks after for recipe."

trouble2you User ID: 3139176 66757
Reviewed May. 24, 2008

"This is my first time leaving a comment on any recipe. I just hope someone looks at the on-line recipe before they attempt this cake from the magazine. In TOH magazine this is the ingredients:

1 1/4 cups of butter divided.
My cake didn't have toasted pecans in batter, because it said in recipe that only 2/3 cup of pecans were toasted not 2 2/3 cups. (I know if you toast nuts it brings out the favor, but that wasn't the way I read the recipe, I even asked my husband and he read it the same).
Frosting ingredients stated in magazine 2 packages (8 ounces each cream cheese) on-line it states 2 packages (one 8 ounce & one 3 ounce). In all, my cake was not what I thought it would be.
I just wonder was the recipe copied incorrectly in magazine?
I hate I wasted so much money on this cake, but it does have a beautiful picture in the mag."

Oldfrnd2 User ID: 3107789 161848
Reviewed May. 13, 2008

"This is one of the yummiest cakes I've ever tasted! Everyone in my family loves it. The frosting is amazing!"

reby User ID: 3071361 116518
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2008

"DH loves butter pecan ice cream, and this is his all-time favorite cake. I followed the recipe exactly the first time, but when he asked for it again a few weeks later, I had to modify it. I only used 1 cup of butter total (not to toast the pecans or in the frosting), and I made cream cheese frosting with the 1/3-less fat variety and a bit of confectioner's sugar. He said it tasted the same!"

fourlittlemonkeysmom User ID: 3035532 66754
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2008

"My husband said it wasn't brownies (his favorite) but he wouldn't hate me if I made it again! In his language I think that means that he likes it! :)"

Beth48 User ID: 1652299 74763
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2008

"I tried this shortly after I got my TOH magazine.

I made it for my DM's 81st birthday.
I got great comments from all- including my 3 older DS's! Surprise
It was very rich, not something I would make for "everyday", but definately a keeper recipe!

millerthyme User ID: 2931926 94109
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2008

"Read the above comments (huge cake, a small piece will satisfy) and decided to make cupcakes with it. Perfect when baked for 20 minutes at 350, makes 3 dozen. Family loves them!!"

bubblesdavis User ID: 2009432 94175
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2008

"I made this cake for my son's birthday party and it was a huge hit with the older crowd not so much for the little ones. It is very elegant and I plan to make it for my Grandmother's birthday. Thanks for the recipe."

msblueribbon User ID: 2682099 66752
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2008

"Here is my version of it:

and my recipe:

1¼ cups butter, softened2 cups finely-chopped pecans3 cups sifted all-purpose flour2 tsp baking powder½ tsp salt2 cups white sugar4 eggs1¼ cup Pralines & Cream nondairy creamer1 tbsp vanilla extract¼ cup oil


Grease and flour the bottoms of two 8” square or round pans. Preheat oven to 325. Melt ¼ cup butter in a heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Add pecans and saute for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. DO NOT OVERCOOK! Cream 1 cup butter in large mixing bowl. Gradually add 2 cups white sugar, and cream until light and fluffy with mixer on high speed. Blend in eggs one at a time, beating well on medium speed after each addition. Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. At low speed, add sifted ingredients alternately with milk and vanilla extract, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Blend well after each addition. Stir in the toasted pecans. Pour batter into pans. Bake at 325 for about 45 minutes, or until cake is golden brown and springs back when lightly touched in center. (Baking time will vary depending on whether you use convection or thermal).   FROSTING:MARSHMALLOW-CREAM CHEESE FROSTING


2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, soft
2 sticks butter, softened
1 jar marshmallow crème.
2 lbs. confectioners' sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
2 cups shredded coconut (optional)
2 cups chopped pecans (optional)

elisa User ID: 1925350 74762
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2008

"This cake was HUGE...and yes, the recipe called for much more icing than the cake needed. If you are a fan of butter pecan ice cream this cake is deliscous. It is very rich and only a small piece will satisfy. I would make this cake again, but not for my small family. It's much better suited for a larger gathering unless you intend you take some to the neighbors like I did!"

GinnyA User ID: 828176 74745
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2008

"I have been baking for years and was excited to try this cake. Unfortunately, something definitely did not taste right. The cake was okay, but the frosting tasted very strange. Plus, there was so much of it - 2 lbs of confectioners' sugar is a lot. Could there have been an error in the directions when they were printed? Or maybe I just had an off day. My apologies if I am off base here. Thank you."

goodmexicancook User ID: 165845 100471
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2008

"Too sweet and the cake was not moist at all. Sorry!"

Fran33 User ID: 300504 146528
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2008


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