Twist on a Thanksgiving Classic: Pecan Pie Cake

Pecan Pie Cake - So good and perfect for Thanksgiving!

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When I think of Thanksgiving, my mind immediately jumps to the delicious desserts like pumpkin and pecan pies. Shocking, huh? We have a divided house when it comes to pies. Half of us think pumpkin pie hung the moon and the other half is all pecan.

I like to switch back and forth every year, crazy I know. This year, I put a twist on the classic pecan pie! So I decided to create a delicious pecan pie cake!

Pecan pie cake? What? I know. It’s good, like really good. It has all the favorite elements of a pecan pie: ooey gooey filling and tons of pecans. Then it has a pecan-filled cake too so it’s really a new favorite in my household. Watch out pumpkin pie.

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Pecan Pie Cake - So good and perfect for Thanksgiving!
Pecan Pie Cake - So good and perfect for Thanksgiving!

This cake is a pound cake base so it’s a bit denser than others, which allows for the weight of the pecan pie filling. I also think this could be a delicious breakfast cake if you’re feeling very devilish. I won’t tell. My favorite part of this cake is that it still has all the best ingredients of a pecan pie (it even sort of looks like one from above)! Pecans are just so pretty!

Pecan Pie Cake - So good and perfect for Thanksgiving!

Pecan Pie Cake

A delicious twist on the classic pecan pie, this pecan pie cake is a family favorite!


For the Cake:

  • 1-1/2 cups butter - softened
  • 2 cups light brown sugar - packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup dark corn syrup

For the Filling:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups pecans - 1 cup chopped, ½ cup halved


  • Preheat oven to 320 degrees F.
  • With an electric mixer, cream butter. Add sugars and beat until fluffy and light. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in mixing bowl, alternating with milk. Add in vanilla extract and beat until all ingredients are combined (but not longer).
  • Stir in chopped pecans.
  • Fill 2 round cake layers (I used 8”) with batter and bake for 60-75 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean (the length could vary depending upon size of pan used).
  • For the filling: Mix cornstarch and brown sugar in medium saucepan. Set aside.
  • Beat together egg yolks, water and pinch of salt. Place saucepan on medium and add egg mixture to pan. Stir together on medium.
  • Add pecans. Stir consistently until mixture thickens.
  • Let boil for 1 minute, stirring the whole time.
  • Remove from heat, stir in butter, vanilla, and cinnamon.
  • Brush corn syrup on the top of cake layers and top with your filling.
  • Enjoy!
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Pecan Pie Cake - So good and perfect for Thanksgiving!

I hope you’ll grab a slice of this pecan pie cake this Thanksgiving because it’s truly a delicious twist on the classic holiday pie!


Pecan Pie CAKE! So good!

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  1. Wow, I mean, WOW!! My mind can’t even contemplate how awesome this pie/cake is! I love that the cake is a pound cake base. It’s my favorite type of cake! :)

    1. I love pound cake too! So good!

  2. I would like to place an order for this cake. Please have it delivered the day before Thanksgiving. Thank you!

  3. This cake looks fantastic!! I am not a fan of pecan pie, but I would totally eat this cake! :-)

  4. I always wondered how to make the pecan pie filling, love this twist on a classic!

  5. my father-in-law has a favorite pie at holiday time – Pecan – but i’m betting he’d love this cake too!

  6. I love pecan pie. So, I pretty much think this cake is Genius!

  7. Swoon, is this for real or am I dreaming? Amazing, what a brilliant idea! I absolutely love it! Can’t wait to try this. Love Safeway, right up the street, it’s my main store!

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