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Praline Pumpkin Torte

Homemade pralines, big poufs of whipped cream and spiced cake make this torte decadent to the last bite. It's perfect for an autumn day. —Esther Sinn, Princeton, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    14 servings


  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • CAKE:
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-3/4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Additional chopped pecans, optional


  • In a heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter and cream. Cook and stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Pour into two well-greased 9-in. round baking pans. Sprinkle with pecans; cool.
  • For cake, in a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and oil. Add pumpkin and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, pie spice, baking soda and salt; gradually add to pumpkin mixture just until blended.
  • Carefully spoon batter over brown sugar mixture. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For topping, in a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Place one cake layer, praline side up, on a serving plate. Spread two-thirds of the whipped cream mixture over cake. Top with second cake layer and remaining whipped cream. Sprinkle with additional pecans if desired. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 577 calories, 38g fat (13g saturated fat), 118mg cholesterol, 397mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • lvarner
    Oct 10, 2020

    This is a wonderful tasting dessert, and it's perfect for special fall dinners. It would make a great Thanksgiving dessert. I loved the flavors and textures, and it was worth the time and effort. Delicious!

  • Kathy
    Sep 12, 2020

    Very good. I cut the recipe in half to try as only two of us and worked well. I might try adding thinly sliced apples just for a variation especially since apples in abundance. Definitely a recipe worth making again and again and the parchment is a must. Thanks Esther for sharing.

  • MissKarla
    Feb 11, 2019

    This is my second review as I wanted to say this recipe is wonderful as gluten free. I switched to gluten free all purpose flour and added 2 extra beatened egg whites. I choose the egg whites instead of xanthum powder or gar gum because it's more natural and had excellent results as far as moistness and crumb.

  • MarineMom_texas
    Oct 11, 2017

    I took this to a meeting last night and it was an instant hit! This decadent torte is absolutely delicious. Be sure to line your pans with parchment paper and the cakes will fall out easily. Another tip is to get all ingredients out and measured before beginning and it will go quickly. I highly recommend this delicious recipe.Volunteer Field Editor

  • Fran
    Aug 14, 2017

    Made this last week. Think it might have tasted better if I had added vanilla instead of Worcestershire sauce. I no longer keep them in the same cabinet ??

  • peches4
    Dec 13, 2016

    To the reviewers that had issues with the topping sticking in the pans. I ALWAYS use parchment paper when I bake any layer cakes. Especially these types. End of problem.

  • sants
    Dec 3, 2016

    This recipe has a lot of ingredients but was actually quick to whip up, you will not be disappointed. This recipe caught my eye because of the presentation and the great reviews, so glad I made it, praline gives just enough sweetness and the whipped topping was light and tasty. I made it for my coworker birthday and she loved it as the rest of the team did too. I will be making it again for Christmas.

  • Gloria
    Nov 23, 2016

    Best pumpkin cake I've ever made or had. If some of your praline layer sticks to the pans, put the pans back in the still warm oven one at a time for a couple minutes and it will soften up again and you can easily scrape it back onto the cake.

  • robalejr
    Oct 8, 2016

    Love, love this torte. But every time I make it he praline topping sticks to the pan. Does anyone have a suggestion? Would it work to put a parchment circle in the pan first?

  • mamarecklin2
    Jan 17, 2015

    Always get asked for the recipie its a tried and true winner.