Butter Pecan Cake


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.

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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 on a wooden platter. A large slice is removed from cake to show interior.

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Butter Pecan Cake

5 from 9 votes

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
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes


  • 2 cups (204g) Fishers Pecan Halves, chopped into small bits
  • 3 Tbsp (42g) unsalted butter, diced into 3 pieces
  • 3 cups (424g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cup (375g) granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (235ml) buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk

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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Mix liquids together: stir together buttermilk and milk, set aside.

  4. Whisk dry ingredients: In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 20 seconds, set aside. 

  5. 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. 

  6. 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. 

  7. 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. 

  8. 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.  

  9. 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. 

  10. 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.

Recipe Notes

  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.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Butter Pecan Cake
Calories: 689 kcal
Author: Jaclyn
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fisher. The opinions and text are all mine.


  • Kurlina: Tried out this recipe but it came out quite densed.
    Where did I go wrong? July 14, 2019 at 11:05am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It could be a few things maybe the butter sugar mixture wasn’t whipped long enough which incorporates air and gives the cake lift as it bakes, or if butter is softened too much it won’t hold those air bubbles. It could also be that baking powder or baking soda are out of date or oven isn’t quite up to temperature, or an altitude issue. Next time you could also try cake flour which usually gives a fluffier cake or whipping egg whites separately and folding them in at the end. Hope something there helps! July 14, 2019 at 10:26pm Reply

  • Marcella selberg: Could you make cup cakes with this recipe? July 7, 2019 at 4:44pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes it should work well as cupcakes too. July 7, 2019 at 10:08pm Reply

  • Brian Sharpe: Just tried this cake for a birthday and it was loved by everyone. I followed the recipe just as it was. April 10, 2019 at 11:13am Reply

    • STEPHANIE CISSA: Did you find the 5c of sugar in the frosting a bit much? May 1, 2019 at 5:19pm Reply

  • Sandi: Can this cake be made in a 9×13″ cake pan? It really looks yummy. December 27, 2018 at 11:19am Reply

    • sherry gregory: Do you whip the egg whites . July 8, 2019 at 5:39pm Reply

      • Jaclyn: I didn’t for this recipe. It probably wouldn’t hurt to though if you want a little added fluff. July 8, 2019 at 7:36pm Reply

  • Serena Bacchus: Hello would I need to double up my ingredients to fit a 15×10 pan ? And if so what would be the appropriate cook time ? Thanks! November 21, 2018 at 4:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Without further testing I can’t say for sure my guess is that you’d want to make 1 1/2. And I’d wouldn’t known on time. November 21, 2018 at 9:02pm Reply

  • Stephanie: I’m a little confused on the instructions for the cake pan. Can you elaborate a little more? Thank you! November 16, 2018 at 7:10am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry for the late reply! So you’ll butter all over inside the cake pans. Then cut rounds of parchment paper to fit the inside bottom of each. Butter the parchment. Then dust inside each pan with just a little flour (maybe 1 tsp) and then turn and shake to remove any flour that isn’t sticking. December 6, 2018 at 12:34am Reply

  • Cassidy: How long would you bake this recipe in a bundt pan?. November 15, 2018 at 2:26pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry without testing I couldn’t say the bake time for a bundt pan. November 17, 2018 at 1:01pm Reply

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