Delicious layers of homemade Spice Cake with a Pecan Pie filling. This Pecan Pie cake is topped with a creamy Brown Sugar frosting! Drooling yet?
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Why This Recipe is Best
Today, though, it’s all about the Pecan Pie Cake.
This isn’t just an everyday cake with a few pecans thrown on top, folks. When I say it is a Pecan PIE cake, I mean it.
Starting with a spice cake base, you sandwich real pecan pie filling between the layers. You get moist cake with sticky pecan crunch in every bite of this dessert!
And I haven’t even mentioned the frosting yet. A simple cream cheese frosting gets a richer flavor from the addition of brown sugar that pairs beautifully with the pecan flavor.
This cake is MUST try if you love all things pecan!
- Karo corn syrup – Dark corn syrup is a must for getting a deep caramelized flavor in the pecan pie filling.
- Pecans – You need both pecan halves and the pieces for this recipe (or you can chop the halves into smaller bites yourself!). I prefer to toast the pecans for more flavor.
- Cake flour – For cakes with a light crumb, cake flour is a must! You can substitute all purpose flour if needed by the finished cake will be more dense.
I started with my from scratch, spice cake recipe to make this Pecan Pie Cake. If you want to save yourself a step and use a boxed mix, go for it!
Step by Step Instructions
- Heat the brown sugar, dark corn syrup, heavy cream, butter and kosher salt until it begins to boil. Let it boil for a full minute, stirring constantly.
- Remove the pot from the stove and stir in the chopped nuts and vanilla extract. Let the mixture cool to thicken up before adding it to the cake layers.
Bake your cakes
- Combine the egg whites with milk in a small bowl. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar, then add all the dry ingredients followed by the egg whites and milk.
- Pour the batter into prepared layer cake pans and bake for 25 minutes.
Brown sugar frosting
- While the cakes are baking, beat together the cream cheese, butter, brown sugar and powdered sugar until the frosting is fluffy and smooth.
Assemble the cake
- Place one of the cakes on a cake plate. Make sure the dome of the cake has been sliced off, so that the cake is level.
- Top with the pecan pie filling, followed by the second cake later. Then top with the second cake layer. Spread a thin layer of the frosting over the cake top and sides, then chill for 15 minutes.
- Spread the remaining frosting over the cake and garnish with pecan halves (or pieces, if preferred). Keep the cake in the refrigerator until 15 minutes before serving.
Slice and enjoy!
You CAN but the cake will be denser with a firmer crumb. You can also substitute a boxed spice cake mix for all the cake ingredients and bake it according to package directions as an alternative.
I baked this in 2 9-inch round baking pans.
Yes, I find it holds up best if stored covered in the fridge.
More Nutty Desserts
- Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bars
- Pecan Pie Truffles
- Microwave Peanut Brittle
- Pecan Pie Brownies
- Rosemary Roasted Nuts
- Pecan Pie Bars
- Pecan Tassies
Pecan Pie Cake
For the cake:
- 5 egg whites room temperature
- ¾ cup milk
- ¾ cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 2 ½ cup cake flour
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
For the filling:
- 1 cup light brown sugar packed
- ½ cup dark corn syrup
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- ¼ cup unsalted butter softened
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups chopped pecans
For the frosting:
- 1 package cream cheese, softened 8 ounce
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 cup light brown sugar packed
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup pecan halves for garnish
- Begin by making the filling first. You can do this night before, or before preparing the cake.
- In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, dark corn syrup, heavy cream, butter and salt. Heat over medium heat until mixture begins to boil, stirring constantly.
- Once boiling, continue to stir and boil for one full minute. Remove from heat and add in the vanilla extract and chopped pecans. Chill in the refrigerator until it thickens, at least two hours (or overnight).
- For the cake, preheat oven to 350 degree F. Prepare 2- 9inch cake pans by spraying with non stick baking spray. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine egg whites with 1/4 cup of the milk. Mix and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy (about 2-3 minutes). Add in the dry ingredients and mix until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the egg white mixture and slowly add the remaining 1/2 cup milk. Beat for a full 3 minutes.
- Pour batter into prepared cake pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove and cool for 5 minutes in the pan. Then invert on wire racks and cool completely.
- For the frosting, beat cream cheese, butter, brown sugar and powdered sugar for 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- To assemble cake, lay one layer of cooled cake on a cake plate. Make sure the dome of the cake has been sliced off, so that the cake is level. Top with the chilled and thickened pecan pie filling. Then top with the second cake layer. Spread a thin layer of the frosting on sides and top of cake to make a crumb coating. Chill for 15 minutes in the refrigerator.
- Spread the remaining frosting over the cake and garnish with pecans. Keep cake chilled until ready to serve. Then let rest at room temperature for 15 minutes. ENJOY!
- Make sure the cake layers are level before stacking. Use a serrated knife to cut the dome off the top of your cake. This is especially important for the bottom layer. You don’t want the pecan pie filling oozing out the sides too much.
- Make the pecan pie filling the night before. I like to do this so it has plenty of time to thicken.
- Keep cold. Store the cake in the fridge to kee[ the pecan layer from getting too soft and oozing out. Remove it from the fridge 15 minutes before serving to let it soften a bit.
So, there you have it friends, the perfect holiday cake! Pin it, bookmark it or print this one out for your recipe box. Pecan Pie Cake is going to be a new family favorite!