Pecan Pie Pound Cake Recipe

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This pecan pie pound cake has all the flavors of your favorite Thanksgiving pie in cake form. This easy to make cake can be served as a dessert or enjoyed as a mid afternoon snack with a cup of coffee.

Pecan Pie Pound Cake cut into slices on a board

Pecan pie is one of my favorite desserts over Thanksgiving, and I love cake, so why not combine the two?! This cake is full of fall flavors and a real treat on a grey afternoon.

How to Make This Pecan Pie Pound Cake Recipe

  • Heat oven to 350° and adjust the oven rack to middle-low position.
  • To make it possible to lift the pound cake from the pans, and if using loaf pans, spray the pans with nonstick spray and make “slings” for the pans. To make parchment paper slings, cut pieces of parchment paper long enough to hang over the edges of the pans by 2-inches and wide enough to fit into the pans (length & width). There should be two crisscross pieces of parchment per loaf pan. Spray the topside of the parchment with nonstick spray.
  • Alternately: Spray the pan(s) with baking flour spray or, alternately, butter and flour the pans.
  • Whisk together flour, salt and baking powder in a large bowl
  • In a large measuring cup, whisk together buttermilk, vanilla extract and almond extract.
  • In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and shortening for 2 minutes.
  • Add sugar, ¼ cup at-a-time, and beat for 3 minutes or until butter is pale yellow, creamy and (somewhat) fluffy.
  • Then add eggs, one-at-a-time, beating until well combined after each addition.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternately, with the buttermilk mixture. Start and end with the flour mixture. Mix just until no dry flour can be seen but don’t over-mix.


  • Heat oven to 350°F, and spread pecans evenly in a rimmed baking sheet. Bake 6-8 minutes or until pecans begin to darken and are fragrant. Cool completely and coarsely chop.
  • In a medium saucepan, whisk the eggs until foamy. Add the white and brown sugars, salt, melted butter, whisk until well combined. Set the saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring often until the mixture is hot to the touch, but not boiling. Add vanilla and chopped pecans and stir well. The pecans are added separately. By adding the pecans separately, it allows for the pecans to be evenly spread over the batter.
  • For Baking the Cake:
  • Heat oven to 350°F and set oven rack to lower-middle position.
  • Note: There are two ways to fill the pans. This recipe reflects the pictures used in the blog post. The optional way is to fill the pans with half the batter (or 3/4th full), sprinkle the batter with pecans and pour about 1/3 of the Pie Filling over the pecans. Do NOT swirl the pie filling into the batter.
  • Note: Keep in mind to fill the pans about 3/4ths full – leaving room for the cakes to rise.
  • Pour 1/4th of the cake batter into each of the 2 prepared loaf pans and sprinkle ¼ of the pecans over the batter in each pan. Pour ¼ of the Pie Filling over the pecan layer in each pan.
  • Use a thin knife to swirl the filling through the batter.
  • Halve the remaining batter and spread it over the pecans/pie filling layer in each pan.
  • Top each cake with half of the remaining pecans and half of the remaining Pie Filling.
  • Bake cakes at 350°F, set side-by-side, for 1-1½ hours. Turn the pans around after an hour and cover very loosely with foil. (My cakes took about 1½ hours, but start checking the cakes at 70 minutes and check every 5 minutes thereafter.
  • The cakes are done when the internal temperature registers 210°F on an instant-read thermometer, or when a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cakes comes out clean.
  • Transfer the cakes to a cooling rack to cool 15 minutes then lift the cakes out of the pans by pulling up on the parchment slings. Cool the cakes completely before slicing.
  • Enjoy!

See the recipe card below for full details!

Top shot of slices of cake

Close up of a slice of Pecan Pie Pound Cake

What is a pound cake?

A traditional pound cake gets it’s name form the weight of the ingredients to make the cake, one pound each of flour, sugar, butter and eggs. This is a simple basic cake recipe which you can then add more ingredients to, to make it your own. They are baked in a loaf tin and served in slices.

The Best Southern Pecan Pound Cake

This cake is unmistakably Southern. Made with pecans and brown sugar, this cake is rich and full of flavor and the texture is just to die for. The pecans are baked throughout the cake so there is flavor and texture in every bite.

A Pound Cake Recipe with Buttermilk

This pecan pie pound cake is wonderfully moist, thanks to the buttermilk incorporated into the recipe. The acid in the buttermilk tenderizes the gluten in the flour and produces a very fine crumb.

Slices of cake ready to eat

Slices of Pecan Pie Pound Cake stacked on top of each other

Why is my pound cake heavy?

Your pound cake my be heavy and dense if you have over mixed the flour, it rises in the oven, but sinks as soon as you pull it out. To avoid this, add the flour mixture last to your mixer, and stop mixing it when your flour is combined.

Top Tips To Make Pecan Pie Pound Cake

  • You can also bake this cake in a bundt pan.
  • Be sure to grease your tins well and make a sling out of a strip of parchment so that the cake is easy to remove.
  • Don’t fill the pan all the way to the top with the batter so that it has room to rise.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for the best results.
  • Let the cake cool completely before serving.

Shot showing the pecans in the cake

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