Pecan Pie Cake: A Delicious Twist on a Fall Classic

pecan pie cake
pecan pie cake

Pecan Pie Cake

This Pecan Pie Cake is perfect for your holiday get-togethers! Brown sugar cake layers and buttercream filled with traditional pecan pie filling.

When it comes to fall desserts, Pecan Pie Cake takes the spotlight. The rich flavor of pecan pie, with its creamy custard-like filling and crunchy pecans, has always been a crowd-pleaser. As we celebrate the joy of food and culinary exploration here at Takeout Food, we couldn’t resist transforming this autumn classic into a beautiful cake that captures the essence of pecan pie.

How to Make this Pecan Pie Cake

To create this delectable masterpiece, we start with brown sugar cake layers. By replacing some of the granulated sugar with light brown sugar, we enhance the flavor and perfectly complement the pecan pie filling. But we didn’t stop there – our frosting is made with dark brown sugar, adding richness and a beautiful color that makes this cake even more enticing.

Pecan Pie Cake Layers

We decided to forgo frosting between the layers to avoid overpowering the pecan pie filling. The filling itself is sweet and divine, replicating the flavors of a classic pecan pie. Paired with the brown sugar cake and frosting, it creates a harmonious symphony of flavors.

This Pecan Pie Cake is the ideal addition to your holiday baking repertoire. Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any occasion in between, this cake is sure to impress.

Tips for this Pecan Pie Cake:

  • The recipe can be adapted for three 6″ pans or three 8″ pans by adjusting the quantities accordingly.
  • To make cupcakes, simply reduce the baking time and start checking at around 15 minutes.
  • You can bake the cake layers ahead of time, double wrap them in plastic wrap, and freeze them for up to 3 months. Remember to thaw them for 2-3 hours before assembling the cake.
  • The pecan pie filling can be prepared a couple of days in advance, stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Bring it to room temperature and whisk it well before use.
  • The frosting can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for 3 months in an airtight container. Bring it to room temperature and rewhip before using.
  • While optional, toasting the pecans adds extra flavor, particularly for the decorative ones. Toast them at 350°F for about 5 minutes until fragrant.
  • For the beautiful rope border at the top of the cake, use a Wilton 6B piping tip and pipe continuously in a corkscrew motion while turning the cake. Holding the piping bag at almost 90 degrees creates the desired effect.
  • Don’t forget to check out our Swiss Meringue Buttercream post for tips and troubleshooting, as well as our Simple Syrup recipe for keeping cakes moist.
  • If you want perfectly flat cake layers, take a look at our How to Bake Flat Cake Layers post for helpful techniques.

Delicious Pecan Pie Cake

Celebrate the joy of autumn with this Pecan Pie Cake, a delightful fusion of classic flavors and contemporary creativity. At Takeout Food, we are passionate about bringing you exciting culinary experiences that inspire and delight. As the weather cools, let this cake warm your heart and bring a smile to your face.

For more culinary delights and inspiration, visit Takeout Food, your go-to resource that celebrates the joy of food.


Q: Can I use different nuts instead of pecans for this cake?
A: Absolutely! While pecans are the traditional choice, feel free to experiment with other nuts like walnuts or almonds. Get creative and make this cake truly your own.

Q: Can I make this cake gluten-free?
A: Yes! Simply replace the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend that works well for baking. Ensure that it includes xanthan gum or another binding agent for optimal texture.

Indulge in the flavors of fall with this Pecan Pie Cake, a delightful treat that captures the essence of the beloved pecan pie. Let the aroma of pecans and brown sugar fill your kitchen as you embark on a culinary adventure you won’t soon forget. Enjoy the sweet pleasures of autumn with Takeout Food, where every dish is a celebration of culinary excellence.

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