Pecan Pie Cake Recipe

Decorating By clever_cakes311 Updated 11 Dec 2012 , 5:37pm by littledee79

clever_cakes311 Posted 1 Nov 2006 , 3:06am
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I've already had an overwhelming response from everyone wanting the pecan pie cake recipe. I'll post it here and in the recipe section too. I think you will find this cake to be absolutely wonderful and it's a big hit around the holidays. So here it is, enjoy!!! PS - I know it sounds tedious, but you've got to try it! It will be worth your time!

3 cups finely chopped pecans, toasted and
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup shortening (I like high ratio but vegetable is fine too)
2 cups sugar
5 large eggs, separated
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk (don't skimp here, use REAL, full-fat buttermilk!)
3/4 cup dark corn syrup
1 recipe Pecan Pie Filling
1 recipe Pastry Garnish (optional)

Sprinkle 2 cups pecans evenly into 3
generously buttered 9-inch round
cakepans; shake to coat bottoms and sides
of pans.

Beat 1/2 cup butter and shortening at
medium speed with an electric mixer until
fluffy; gradually add sugar, beating
mixture well. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time,
beating until blended after each addition.
Stir in vanilla.
Add flour and baking soda to butter
mixture alternately with buttermilk,
beginning and ending with flour.

Beat at low speed until blended after
each addition. Stir in remaining 1 cup
Beat egg whites at medium speed until
stiff peaks form; fold one-third of beaten
egg white into batter. Fold in remaining
beaten egg white. (Do not overmix.)

Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until
done. Cool in pans on wire racks 10
minutes. Invert layers onto wax
paper-lined wire racks. Brush tops and
sides of cake layers with corn syrup, and
cool completely. Wrap layers in plastic
wrap, and freeze up to 1 month, if

Spread half of Pecan Pie Filling on 1
layer, pecan side up. Place second layer,
pecan side up, on filling; spread with
remaining filling. Top with remaining
cake layer, pecan side up.

Arrange Pastry
Garnish on and around cake, if desired.
Yield: 1 (3-layer) cake.

pecan pie filling:
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup dark corn syrup
1/3 cup cornstarch
4 egg yolks
11/2 cups half-and-half
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whisk together first 6 ingredients in a
heavy 3-quart saucepan until smooth.
Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat,
whisking constantly; boil 1 minute or
until thickened. Remove from heat.
Whisk in butter and vanilla. Place a
sheet of wax paper directly on surface of
mixture to prevent a film from forming;
chill 4 hours or overnight. Yield: about 3

Note: To chill filling quickly, pour
filling into a bowl. Place bowl in a larger
bowl filled with ice. Whisk constantly
until cool (about 15 minutes).

pastry garnish:
1 (15-ounce) package refrigerated
1 large egg
1 tablespoon water
24 pecan halves

Unfold piecrusts, and press out fold
lines. Cut 8 to 10 leaves from each
piecrust with a 3-inch leaf-shaped cutter.
Mark leaf veins, using tip of a knife.
Reserve pastry trimmings. Whisk together
egg and water, and brush on pastry
Crumple 10 to 12 small
aluminum foil pieces into 1/2-inch balls.
Coat with vegetable cooking spray, and
place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
Drape a pastry leaf over each ball; place
remaining pastry leaves on baking sheet.
Bake at 425° for 6 to 8 minutes or
until golden. Cool on a wire rack 10
minutes. Gently remove leaves from foil.
Pinch 12 pea-size pieces from pastry
trimmings. Place between pecan halves,
forming sandwiches. Cut remaining pastry
into 2-inch pieces; wrap around pecan
sandwiches, leaving jagged edges to
resemble half-shelled pecans. Brush with
egg mixture. Place on baking sheet.
Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until
golden. Cool on wire rack. Yield: 16 to
20 pastry leaves; 12 pecan pastries.

make-ahead game plan:
Up to 1 month aheadbake and freeze
cake layers
1 day aheadprepare and chill Pecan
Pie Filling.
Prepare pastry garnishes; store in
airtight container at room temperature.
Day to serveassemble and decorate
easy leaves:
After cutting leaves from piecrusts, follow
these simple tips to create pastry
decorations for your cake.
To ensure an even golden finish, apply a
mixture of beaten egg and water to
pastry cutouts, using a small artists
Gently drape the pastry leaves over
crumpled balls of aluminum foil to give
them a natural-looking shape. Flatten
the bases of the balls so theyll rest in
place during baking.
Wrap pecan halves with trimmings of
pastry to form nutty garnishes for
scattering on top and around sides of

8 replies
JanH Posted 1 Nov 2006 , 8:42am
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Oh My clever_cakes311,

This recipe certainly sounds wonderful!!!!

I'm going to print it out now - sometimes it takes a while to get into the recipes section.


veejaytx Posted 1 Nov 2006 , 11:14am
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Thanks for the receipe! It really does sound very good, if I will just take the time to get it done! Janice

littledee79 Posted 10 Dec 2012 , 3:04pm
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I want to try this recipe for my dads bday this weekend. I would also like to decorate the cake, do you think this cake would be able to be covered with fondant and decorations? I wasn't sure if it would be ok covered or not.

BakingIrene Posted 10 Dec 2012 , 3:29pm
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Originally Posted by littledee79 

I want to try this recipe for my dads bday this weekend. I would also like to decorate the cake, do you think this cake would be able to be covered with fondant and decorations? I wasn't sure if it would be ok covered or not.

You would chill the cake for 2 hours after assembling the layers with the filling. Get the filling firm and the cake will hold up to anything. Use a buttercream dam if you like, to keep the filling in place better.


Then crumb coat with some plain buttercream or white ganache. Chill for an hour, put a final coat of buttercream or ganache.  Then add your fondant.

littledee79 Posted 10 Dec 2012 , 3:30pm
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Thank you so much!!!:)

shanter Posted 10 Dec 2012 , 9:52pm
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Do you have a picture of this? I'd love to see one.

icer101 Posted 11 Dec 2012 , 1:39am
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I made it for thanksgiving for the first time. It was really good. I got it from someones blog , but it is the same as the link i am sending. hth

littledee79 Posted 11 Dec 2012 , 5:37pm
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I'm going to attempt to make it on Friday night. May just leave as is no fondant because I have another cake to do the same night. I will post a pic after I finish and let you know how it comes out:)

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