Butter Pecan Cake Recipe

Butter Pecan Cake is a decadent dessert that combines the rich flavors of toasted pecans and buttery cake, topped with a creamy frosting and a touch of white chocolate. Perfect for special occasions or simply to satisfy your sweet tooth, this cake is sure to impress!


For the Cake:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour 🌾
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder 🥄
  • ½ teaspoon salt 🧂
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 🧈
  • 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar 🍚
  • 4 large eggs 🥚
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 🍦
  • 1 cup whole milk 🥛
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pecans, toasted 🌰

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 🧈
  • 4 cups powdered sugar 🍚
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 🍦
  • ¼ cup heavy cream 🥛
  • ½ cup chopped pecans, toasted 🌰

For the Topping:

  • ½ cup whole pecan halves, toasted 🌰
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips, melted 🍫


  1. Preheat and Prepare Pans: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour three 8-inch round cake pans. 🌡️
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. 🌾🥄🧂
  3. Beat Butter and Sugar: In a large bowl, beat softened butter with granulated sugar until light and fluffy. 🧈🍚
  4. Add Eggs and Vanilla: Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract. 🥚🍦
  5. Combine Dry Ingredients with Milk: Gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix until just combined. 🌾🥛
  6. Fold in Pecans: Gently fold in toasted, chopped pecans. 🌰
  7. Divide and Bake: Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cakes cool in pans for 10 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. 🕒🌡️
  8. Prepare the Frosting: In a large bowl, beat softened butter until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until smooth. Mix in vanilla extract and heavy cream until light and fluffy. 🧈🍚🍦🥛
  9. Fold in Pecans: Gently fold in toasted, chopped pecans. 🌰
  10. Assemble the Cake: Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread a portion of the frosting over the top. Repeat with the second and third layers, frosting the top and sides of the cake. 🍰
  11. Drizzle with White Chocolate: Melt the white chocolate chips and drizzle over the top of the cake. 🍫
  12. Add Pecan Halves: Arrange toasted pecan halves on top of the cake as shown in the picture. 🌰
  13. Serve and Enjoy: Slice the cake and enjoy your delicious Butter Pecan Cake! 🎂

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cooking Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 servings

Notes and FAQs


  • Toasting Pecans: To toast pecans, spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F (175°C) for about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and lightly browned.
  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure that your butter, eggs, and milk are at room temperature for the best results. This helps in achieving a smooth and well-incorporated batter.
  • Frosting Consistency: If the frosting is too thick, add a little more heavy cream until you reach the desired consistency. If it’s too thin, add more powdered sugar.


  1. Can I use salted butter instead of unsalted? Yes, but reduce the added salt in the recipe to ¼ teaspoon to avoid an overly salty cake.
  2. Can I make this cake ahead of time? Yes, you can bake the cake layers a day in advance. Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and store them at room temperature. Frost the cake the next day.
  3. How should I store the cake? Store the cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerate for up to a week. Let the cake come to room temperature before serving if refrigerated.


Butter Pecan Cake is a delightful combination of flavors and textures, perfect for any celebration or simply as a treat. With its rich, buttery taste and crunchy toasted pecans, this cake is bound to become a favorite. Enjoy every bite of this decadent dessert!


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