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Pecan Pie Layer Cake
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Pecan Pie Cake

Pecan Pie Layer Cake has a a thick layer of pecan pie filling sandwiched between two layers of brown sugar cake, covered in lots of brown sugar icing.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 32 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 32 minutes
Servings 18
Author Christin Mahrlig


  • 1 1/2 cups chopped toasted pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Pecan Pie Filling

  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Brown Sugar Frosting

  • 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened and divided
  • 4 1/2 to 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 (9-inch) cake pans with cooking spray with flour. Line bottom of pans with parchment paper and lightly spray parchment paper.
  • Sprinkle the chopped pecans in the bottoms of the pans.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat butter and dark brown sugar at medium speed until fluffy, about 3 to 4 minutes. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl to evenly mix everything.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add flour mixture, alternating with milk, beating just until combined after each addition. (Add flour mixture in 3 additions and milk in 2).
  • Beat in vanilla.
  • Divide batter evenly between the prepared pans, smoothing out the top with a spatula.
  • Bake 32 to 36 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pans 10 minutes and then remove from pans to cool completely.

Make Filling

  • In a medium saucepan, stir together pecans, sugar, corn syrup, melted butter, egg, egg yolk, vanilla, and salt.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Simmer and stir for about 3 minutes. 
  • Pour into a bowl and let cool to room temperature.
  • Spread pecan filling on top of one cake layer. Place the second layer on top.

Make Brown Sugar Frosting

  • In a small saucepan, bring brown sugar, water, and salt to a boil. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add 1/2 cup butter, stirring until melted. Let cool to room temperature.
  • Combine cooled brown sugar mixture and remaining butter in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Gradually beat in powdered sugar.
  • Beat in milk. Spread frosting on top and sides of cake.