Yield: 12-16 servings

Make a special cake that not only has that “wow factor” look but tastes extra delicious. This Toasted Butter Pecan Cake Recipe is filled with nuts, cream cheese and yummy goodness!

I love that it has an old-fashioned feel in that it could be something my grandma would have made.

Pecans make any dessert go up a “level” on the scale of desirability for desserts in my book.

While any kind of pecans can be delicious, toasting them brings out their mellow, nutty flavour.


1-1/4 cups butter, softened and divided

2 teaspoons baking powder

2-2/3 cups chopped pecans

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups sugar

1 cup milk

4 eggs


8 to 8-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 can (5 ounces) of evaporated milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup butter, softened


Place pecans and 1/4 cup butter in a baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until toasted, stirring frequently; set aside.

In a large bowl, cream sugar and remaining butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Stir in 1-1/3 cups of toasted pecans.

Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the centre comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For frosting, cream butter and confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl. Add milk and vanilla; beat until smooth. Stir in the remaining toasted pecans. Spread frosting between layers and over the top and sides of the cake. Enjoy!

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