Butter Pecan Cake

Published November 24, 2018. Updated December 9, 2018

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Butter Pecan Cake is a perfect cake for the holidays! It’s brimming with buttery pecan flavor, it has a soft and tender crumb and it’s a perfectly moist cake (because dry cakes are the worst). It’s a recipe you’ll definitely want to add to the recipe box!

Butter Pecan Cake slice on a red plate.

Butter Pecan Cake

You will want to savor each and every bite of this cake! Not only is the cake itself perfectly delicious but it’s coated with a luscious cream cheese frosting, because cream cheese frosting is simply the best.

I love how the cream cheese balances out the sweetness of the cake as well as the buttermilk that’s blended into the batter. They also just add more depth of flavor so you’re cake will be anything but boring.

Butter Pecan Cake | Cooking Classy

It’s Loaded with Pecans!

This cake has a whopping 2 cups pecans swirled into the batter and 1/2 cup pecans garnishing the top. And I didn’t just use any nuts, I used Fisher Nuts because they are my nuts brand of choice.

I chose to create this cake with Fisher Nuts because it is one of the only brands of recipe nuts entirely without preservatives, I also love that I can purchase them in larger bags so I get more for my money.

Pecans are the highlight of this cake so you’ll want to make sure you are using the best quality and Fisher is a brand you can always count on!

Chopped pecans added to butter pecan cake batter in mixing bowl.

A Cake Worthy of Special Occasions

I have the feeling this is a cake you’ll want to make for special occasions again and again!

It’s so good it will likely remind you of something your Grandma may have made and something she’d absolutely love to eat!

If you love the butter pecan flavor you’ve got to try this cake and what better time than during the holidays? It’s a cake destined to impress!

Butter Pecan Cake batter in cake pan before baking.

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Butter Pecan Cake

The best butter pecan cake recipe! It's brimming with a rich buttery flavor and swirled with plenty of pecans. It's moist and sweet and a perfectly tempting cake fit for any occasion!
Servings: 18
Prep30 minutes
Cook25 minutes
Cool2 hours
Ready in: 2 hours 55 minutes


Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 cup (226g) butter*, nearly at room temperature
  • 12 oz cream cheese , nearly at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 cups (620g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup (56g) Fishers Pecan Halves, chopped, for topping


  • Preheat oven, prepare cake pans: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and line 3 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper, butter parchment paper and lightly dust pans with flour shaking out excess. Set pans aside.
  • Saute pecans in butter: Melt 3 Tbsp butter in a skillet over medium heat. Once melted add pecans and cook until slightly browned and fragrant, tossing frequently, about 4 minutes. Pour and spread onto a sheet of parchment paper or a baking sheet. Set aside and allow to cool.
  • Mix liquids together: stir together buttermilk and milk, set aside.
  • Whisk dry ingredients: In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 20 seconds, set aside. 
  • Cream butter and sugar, then eggs and vanilla: In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment whip together butter and sugar until very pale and fluffy. Mix in eggs one at a time adding in vanilla with last egg. 
  • Mix in flour alternating with milk mixture: Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix on low speed just until combined, then add in 1/2 of the buttermilk mixture and mix just until combined then repeat process once more. Finish by mixing in remaining 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix just until nearly combined. 
  • Fold in pecans: Remove bowl from stand mixer and fold in pecans (fold batter until there's not longer streaks in the batter). Divide batter evenly among prepared baking pans. 
  • Bake until set: Bake in preheated oven 23 - 28 minutes until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool in cake pans 10 minutes.  
  • Let cake cool completely on wire rack: Run a knife around edges of cake to ensure the are loosened and invert onto wire racks to cool completely. Once cool frost with cream cheese frosting and top with pecans. 
  • For the cream cheese frosting: In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment whip together butter and cream cheese until smooth. Mix in vanilla and powdered sugar and blend until smooth and fluffy.


  1. I like to use 1/2 cup salted 1/2 cup unsalted butter for the frosting.
  2. Since there's a cream cheese frosting I recommend storing the cake in refrigerator in an airtight container. If fully chilled allow to rest at room temperature about 20 - 30 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Butter Pecan Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 689 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 118mg39%
Sodium 284mg12%
Potassium 213mg6%
Carbohydrates 77g26%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 56g62%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1025IU21%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 91mg9%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.
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