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Southern Butter Pecan Praline Cake Recipe

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Pecan Praline Cake is a quick and easy dessert that is impressive! Serve this southern pecan praline cake, and it will disappear before your eyes because everyone will devour every crumb. Plus, this moist southern butter pecan cake is irresistible. 

Southern Butter Pecan Praline Cake Recipe

The thing I love most about this pecan cake recipe is that it takes me right back to the south. I can never seem to get enough pecan desserts, but this one is a stand out favorite because it’s so easy to make. Making this pecan dump cake for potlucks has become a regular thing because of there rarely leftovers. We all know that’s a good sign when you are feeding a large group of people!

Besides the fact that this moist cake tastes good and is easy to make, another reason I have an affection for it is that it’s something different. I am a foodie at heart and love trying out new things and different flavors.

ready to serve pecan praline cake

Pecan Praline Cake Ingredients

The ingredients of this southern butter pecan cake are super simple! The secret ingredient is the butter pecan cake mix that you start with. Yes, you could always try to make this from scratch, but starting with a boxed cake mix adds even more flavor. Plus, using half and half makes the cake extra creamy and flavorful. 


  • Betty Crocker butter pecan cake mix
  • Betty Crocker coconut pecan frosting
  • Eggs
  • Canola oil
  • Half-and-half 
  • Chopped pecans

Butter Pecan Glaze

  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Butter
  • Chopped pecans

How To Make Southern Pecan Praline Cake

This is the best butter pecan cake recipe and not just because of the flavor! It’s so simple to make, too, and that is always an upside to any recipe. Everyone will rave about the texture and flavor of this easy cake recipe. 

First Step: Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with some cooking spray and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

Second Step: Combine the butter pecan cake mix, pecan frosting, eggs, oil, and half and half together in a medium-sized bowl. Mix well, then combine the chopped pecans. 

ingredients for pecan cake

Third Step: Pour the pecan praline cake batter into the baking dish and bake for 40-50 minutes. The cake will be golden brown, and a toothpick will come out clean. 

batter for pecan praline cake

Fourth Step: After the cake is done baking set it aside to cool. 

Fifth Step: Begin preparing the butter pecan glaze by melting butter in a small saucepan using medium heat. 

Sixth Step: Pour in the sweetened condensed milk and stir. After it’s hot, add in the chopped pecans, stir, and remove from heat. 

southern butter pecan cake in pan

Seventh Step: Drizzle the butter pecan glaze over the cake, cut, and enjoy!

freshly baked pecan praline cake

Can I Bake This Cake In A Bundt Pan?

Yes, if you would rather have this pecan praline cake as a bundt cake, that’s more than fine. The piece of cake will still be soft, tender, and moist! You will need to follow the same directions, except the cooking time may vary a little bit. Bundt cakes usually tend to take a little bit longer to bake than traditional cakes. 

For best results, you want to pick a non-stick bundt pan. You will be thanking yourself when it’s time to remove the cake from the pan. Also, when greasing the pan, make sure to do it thoroughly. Otherwise, it may stick and fall apart when you attempt to take it out of the bundt pan. After you bake the cake, only let it cool for 10-20 minutes in the bundt pan. Then you need to turn it upside down and remove the cake. If you let the cake stay in the pan too long, it will be next to impossible to get it out in one piece. 

Can I Add Coconut To The Pecan Praline Cake?

Yes! Adding coconut to the southern pecan cake is a wonderful idea! You can toast some coconut and sprinkle it on top of the glaze or mix it into the cake itself. I think it is a nicer texture as a topping, but it’s completely up to you. 

Can I Add Caramel To The Top?

Yes, adding caramel to the top of the cake will make it even more delicious…if that’s possible! Drizzle on some of your favorite caramel for a special treat. I would use it with the butter pecan glaze because the flavors will complement each other. Or if you would rather just use caramel, that’s more than fine too. Try it out both ways until you have it the way you like it best. 

pecan praline cake on white plate

How Do You Store Southern Pecan Praline Cake?

I find that this southern butter pecan cake is very versatile. You can store it on the counter in an airtight container or in the refrigerator. Either way, the pecan praline cake lasts around 3-4 days as long as it’s kept airtight and away from heat sources. 

If you are wondering if the cake is still good, look it over before eating. If you notice it seems extra dry, overly moist, or has any kind of mold, then it’s no longer safe to eat and should be thrown out. Also, as cake ages, it because to develop a strange odor. 

Can I Freeze Southen Butter Pecan Cake?

Yes, you can easily freeze this southern butter pecan cake! Either wrap up individual pieces or freeze the entire cake. Use plastic wrap or aluminum foil then put the cake in a storage container or freezer bag. It will last 1-2 months in the freezer, and it’s lovely as leftovers. Just let it defrost on the counter or in the fridge before serving. 

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Southern Butter Pecan Praline Cake Recipe


ready to serve pecan praline cake

Southern Butter Pecan Praline Cake Recipe

Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Pecan Praline Cake is a quick and easy dessert that is impressive! Plus, this moist southern butter pecan cake is irresistible.



  • 1 box Betty Crocker butter pecan cake mix
  • 16 oz. can Betty Crocker coconut pecan frosting
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 C canola oil
  • 1 C half-and-half
  • 1/2 C chopped pecans

Butter Pecan Glaze:

  • sweetened condensed milk - 14 oz. can
  • 3 TBSP butter
  • 1/2 C chopped pecans



  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease or spray a 9x13” baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine all the cake ingredients except for the chopped pecans.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Add chopped pecans and stir to combine.
  6. Pour batter into prepared baking dish.
  7. Bake for about 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Set aside too cool.

Butter Pecan Glaze:

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
  2. Add condensed milk and stir.
  3. Heat thoroughly, then add chopped pecans.
  4. Stir again to combine and remove from heat.
  5. Spoon sauce over the cake.
  6. Cut and enjoy!

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    Traci Strauch
    August 12, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    Love this cake and it was a big hit where I delivered two of them !!

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