Carol's Butter Pecan Cake


This is a pecan cake that can be served anytime.

close up view of Butter Pecan Cake garnished with vanilla icing and pecans on a platter
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 35 mins
1 3-layer 9-inch cake


  • 1 ¼ cups butter

  • 2 cups chopped pecans

  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

  • cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 9-inch layer pans.

  2. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add pecans; cook and stir until browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside.

  3. Sift flour, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; set aside.

  4. Cream 1 cup butter and 2 cups white sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Blend in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture alternately with milk and vanilla extract, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Blend well after each addition. Fold in 1 1/3 cups pecans. Pour batter into the prepared pans.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cake is golden brown and springs back when lightly touched in center, 25 to 30 minutes. When cake is cool, blend remaining 2/3 cup pecans with frosting; spread between layers and on top.

  6. Cream 1/4 cup butter in a mixing bowl. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 4 cups confectioners' sugar, and 1/3 to 1/2 cup cream. Beat until smooth and spreadable. Thin with additional cream if needed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

596 Calories
31g Fat
77g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 596
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 39%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 319mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 77g 28%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 57g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 132mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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