This Southern Pecan Praline Cake with Butter Sauce is so scrumptious that no one will know it's made with a cake mix! All topped with a sweet butter sauce!
AN EASY SOUTHERN STYLE CAKE
I'm gonna start this recipe by saying I am nuts about nuts. Alright now, get your brains outta the gutter! I'm talking about pecans and walnuts and macadamia - you name it. But my absolute favorite is the pecan. And if you love pecans like I do, you are in for a treat!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
I get this question a lot. All I'm gonna say is I have made this cake SO many times for coconut haters and they love it. You can't even really taste the coconut that is in the frosting. Unfortunately, I have not found an acceptable substitute yet for this flavor and consistency. It's the same frosting used for German chocolate cake.
This recipe really relies on these specific ingredients. It just won't taste the same with substitutes because I've tried!
Yes it can. It would need to be frozen without the sauce on top through. Wrap it very well to prevent freezer burn and it will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
It does not unless you've poured the sauce on top. I prefer to pour the sauce on to individual toppings. But if you've opted to pour it over the entire cake, then you'll need to keep the cake refrigerated. Otherwise, just cover and it can be kept on the counter for up to 3 days.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)
- butter pecan cake mix
- coconut pecan frosting
- chopped pecans
- sweetened condensed milk
HOW TO MAKE SOUTHERN PECAN PRALINE CAKE:
Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray (I like the kind with flour in it). In a medium bowl (or your stand mixer bowl), combine all the cake ingredients except for the chopped pecans. Don't forget to add the tub of coconut pecan frosting. That goes into the cake batter too! I just dump it all in there then let the mixer do the work.
Once it's all combined, stir in ½ cup chopped pecans.
I love the smell of this batter! Pour batter into greased baking dish.
Bake for about 40 minutes. As with most baked goods, oven times vary but cake should spring back to the touch and be golden brown. And if you insert a toothpick into the middle it should come out clean.
This cake is perfectly good just like this. It is moist and yummy. But we're gonna take it up a notch with some butter sauce. I mean, it looks a little sad all by itself, don't it? In a small pot over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Pour in can of sweetened condensed milk with the melted butter and stir.
Continue to stir until heated thoroughly, then add ½ cup chopped pecans. Stir again then take off heat.
Then spoon this deliciously yummy sauce over individual slices of cake.
I pour the sauce over the individual slices instead of just pouring it over the whole cake because I love to be able to scoop up some of the sauce off my plate as I eat it and I don't want the sauce to just become part of the cake. But you can definitely do that if you need to take this to a gathering.
Cook's Note: If you are feeding a crowd, it may be easier to pour the sauce over the entire cake before serving. This sauce takes this cake from yum to yowsers! You can also make this in a bundt pan. Bake for about 50 minutes.
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Southern Pecan Praline Cake with Butter Sauce
For the cake:
- 15.25 ounce box Butter Pecan Cake Mix
- 1 tub Coconut Pecan Frosting
- 4 large eggs
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup chopped pecans
For the sauce:
- 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 9"x 13" baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl (or your stand mixer bowl), combine all the cake ingredients except for the chopped pecans. Mix very well.
- Then stir in ½ cup chopped pecans.
- Pour batter into greased baking dish.
- Bake for about 40 minutes. Oven times vary but cake should spring back to the touch and be golden brown. Or insert a toothpick into the middle it should come out clean.
- For the sauce: In a small pot over medium heat (or in a microwave), melt 2 tablespoons butter.
- Pour in can of sweetened condensed milk with the melted butter and stir.
- Continue to stir until heated thoroughly, then add ½ cup chopped pecans. Stir again then take off heat.
- Then spoon this deliciously yummy sauce over individual slices of cake when serving. Or pour it all over the whole cake.
- You can also make this in a bundt pan. Bake for about 50 minutes.
- I prefer to pour the sauce over the individual slices. I think it makes a prettier presentation but you don't have to do that. You can just pour all of the sauce over the entire cake.
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Originally published: November 2012
Updated & republished: May 2019