Southern Pecan Caramel Cake Recipe

Ingredients :

For the Cake:
– 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 2 cups granulated sugar
– 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
– 1 cup whole milk
– 4 large eggs
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
– 2 teaspoons baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1 cup pecans, chopped

For the Caramel Frosting:
– 1 cup unsalted butter
– 1 cup packed brown sugar
– 1/4 cup whole milk
– 3 cups powdered sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat and Prepare:
    – Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
    – Grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. Mix the Cake Batter:
    – In a large bowl, beat together the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
    – Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
    – Stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Combine Dry Ingredients:
    – In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
    – Gradually add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
    – Fold in the chopped pecans.
  4. Bake the Cakes:
    – Divide the batter evenly among the prepared cake pans.
    – Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    – Cool in pans for 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. Prepare the Caramel Frosting:
    – Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
    – Stir in the brown sugar and milk.
    – Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
    – Gradually beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract until smooth.
  6. Assemble the Cake:
    – Once the cakes are completely cool, spread the caramel frosting between the layers and on the top and sides of the cake.
    – Garnish with whole pecans if desired.

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cooking Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 50 minutes
Calories: 550 kcal | Servings: 12

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