Pecan Upside-Down Cake

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling


9 servings

Updated: Sep. 18, 2023
Pecan Upside-Down Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Sweetened whipped cream, optional


  1. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a greased 9x9-in. square baking pan with parchment; grease parchment. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, butter and cinnamon; stir in pecans. Spread evenly into prepared pan.
  3. In a large bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and lemon-colored. Gradually add sugar and beat until thick and smooth. Combine milk and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to egg yolk mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  4. Add cream of tarter to egg whites; beat with clean beaters until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter. Pour over pecan mixture.
  5. Bake until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes; run a knife around outside edge and invert onto a serving plate. If desired, serve warm with whipped cream.
Pecan Upside-Down Cake Tips

How can you tell when the pecan upside-down cake is done?

As with most cakes, you can tell the pecan upside-down cake is done when the edges are golden and a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. The cake should also gently spring back when you carefully press it with a finger. Can't get enough upside-down cake? We offer up some tips and suggestions for how to make upside-down cake with any fruit.

How long should you wait before flipping the pecan upside-down cake?

Wait no longer than 7 minutes maximum before inverting the pecan upside-down cake. As it cools, the caramel-pecan layer firms up and becomes more difficult to loosen from the bottom of the pan. Other upside-down cake recipes call for different wait times, depending on the type of topping.

How should you store pecan upside-down cake?

Pecan upside-down cake can be stored in an airtight, lidded container at room temperature for 1 to 2 days. Keep leftovers for longer stored in the refrigerator, where the cake will stay good for up to 4 days. Here are some more tips for storing baked goods.

Mark Neufang, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 366 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 278mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.