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Butter Pecan Layer Cake


  • 2-2/3 cups chopped pecans
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 8 to 8-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 1. Place pecans and 1/4 cup butter in a baking pan. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until toasted, stirring frequently; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, cream sugar and remaining butter until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in 1-1/3 cups of toasted pecans.
  • 3. Pour into 3 greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 4. For frosting, cream butter and confectioners' sugar in a large bowl. Add milk and vanilla; beat until smooth. Stir in remaining toasted pecans. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 814 calories, 42g fat (19g saturated fat), 120mg cholesterol, 375mg sodium, 107g carbohydrate (86g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.


Average Rating: 4.205882
  • Kim
    Nov 26, 2019
    I have to agree I didn’t use vanilla extract instead I used rum extract and it gave it a stronger flavor. Next time I’m going to try it with butter pecan extract
  • Brent
    Nov 18, 2019
    No shade to the Baker that used almond flavoring, BUT why would I use that when it's supposed to taste like pecans. I bought all natural pecan flavoring and put it in the cake and frosting, plus the vanilla. It's incredible and bursting with flavor.
  • Martha Chuck
    Nov 16, 2019
    To the Lady that started she used cake flour instead of plain flour that is the reason your cake was tough. Next time use the correct flour.
  • Margo
    Nov 15, 2019
    I love it! My mother used to buy a cake at to store made with walnuts and whipped cream and I can't find it anymore and I can't remember what it was called. It looked so similar to this cake. All so creamy n moist with walnuts. I wish someone knew what this was called and could tell me.
  • Neek
    Nov 13, 2019
    I see a lot ppl complaining about the lack of flavor. I have a Similar recipe that I made myself that always gets rave reviews. I use almond flavoring as opposed to vanilla and I also use a cream cheese frosting w a touch of almond flavor. I toast my pecans I BUTTER on the stove top. Lightly just to get the flavor released. Always delicious.
  • Meredith
    Oct 13, 2019
    I thought this cake was better than I expected. I made a half recipe and used Half-and-Half instead of whole milk (it was all I had). I toasted my pecans in an 8" X 8" glass pan for 15 minutes while I assembled the cake. Once out of the oven, I added my pecans and poured the batter into the same glass pan. Perhaps because I used Half-and-Half, my bake time became 45 minutes. I didn't make the frosting; the cake was sweet enough.
  • Remenec
    Nov 17, 2018
    Delicious cake recipe! As other reviewers suggested, I cut the icing recipe in half. I would probably replace some of the confectioners sugar with brown sugar next time to deepen the flavor a tad.
  • Michelle
    Feb 11, 2018

    I made the cake just like the recipe but it turned out to tuff it wasn't flakey at all . Idk what happened. I used cake flour and fresh ingredients idk but it tasted good

  • s_pants
    Nov 16, 2017

    Very sweet dessert. The pecans definitely take less than 20 minutes to toast. I only used 7 cups of confectioners' sugar in the frosting and it seemed to be fine, really sweet, but spread really nicely.

  • Shawn
    Aug 27, 2017

    Very boring cake. Doesn't taste like much. Honestly this needs either a cream cheese frosting or some spices in the cake batter (cinnamon/nutmeg).

    It basically tastes like a plain vanilla cake covered in pecans. And I don't think it's the recipe. I looked a quite a few and they are all similar.

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