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brown butter pecan cake on a white plate
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Brown Butter Pecan Cake

This Brown Butter Pecan Cake Recipe is like no other cake you have had. This vanilla cake is a rich buttery 3 layer cake that has pecans in the batter and is topped with a cinnamon frosting with more pecans.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butter pecan cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 1243kcal
Author: Jill


Cake ingredients

  • 1 ⅓ C chopped pecans
  • 4 C flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 ½ C unsalted butter
  • 3 C sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 C whole milk

Cinnamon Frosting

  • 2 C unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 8 C powder sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 5 tbsp heavy whipping cream


Cake Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray 3 9inch round cake pans with pam baking spray
  • Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Beat in the vanilla until combined
  • Beat in eggs, one at a time until combined. Whisk in the milk until smooth.
  • Using a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients until combined
  • Gradually whisk in dry ingredients into the wet.
  • Fold in the chop pecans
  • Divide the batter between the three pans
  • Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
  • Allow to cool completely

Frosting directions

  • Beat all ingredients in a standing mixer until combined and smooth
  • Remove the domes off the cakes
  • Place 1 cake layer onto a cake board
  • Scoop 1 C of frosting onto the cake layer and smooth evenly
  • Place the second cake layer onto the first frosting layer
  • Scoop 1 C of frosting and smooth evenly
  • Place last cake layer onto the second layer of frosting
  • Scoop ½ C of frosting into a large piping bag with a star tip
  • Frost entire cake with the remaining frosting
  • Coat the bottom of the cake with the chopped pecans
  • Pipe dollops of frosting on top of the cake
  • Sprinkle chopped pecans on top
  • Cut and enjoy!


Calories: 1243kcal | Carbohydrates: 167g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 63g | Saturated Fat: 35g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 193mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 131g | Vitamin A: 1755IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 2mg