A piece of Southern Pecan Praline Cake with Pecan and Praline topping being drizzled over it
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Southern Pecan Praline Cake Recipe

Southern Pecan Praline Cake is about as southern as you can get and if you like pecans and pralines you will love this easy to make, decadent and delicious cake.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: butter pecan cake mix, easy sheet cake recipe, cake recipes that start with a cake mix
Servings: 15 servings
Calories: 489kcal
Author: Sharon Rigsby


Cake Ingredients:

  • 15.25 oz box butter pecan cake mix
  • 15 oz tub coconut pecan frosting
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable or coconut oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup roasted pecans roasted and chopped

Cake Topping Ingredients:

  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup pecans roasted and chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick baking spray.
  • Place the cake mix, coconut frosting, eggs, oil and water in a large mixing bowl. Use a handheld or your stand mixer and mix well to combine everything. Add the pecans and mix again.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan.
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the cake pulls away from the sides. Set aside to cool on a wire cooling rack.

Pecan Praline Topping Instructions

  • To make the praline topping, combine the butter and sweetened condensed milk in a small saucepan and stir until the butter is melted. Add the pecans and mix well. Pour over the cooled cake and serve.


Sharon's Expert Tips:
  • Southern Pecan Praline Cake keeps well covered in the fridge for approximately one week, or you can wrap it well in foil and store in a large ziplock bag in your freezer for up to two months.
  • Check out my easy recipe for roasted pecans here, or simply spread the pecan halves out in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in a 350-degree oven for ten minutes. If you are roasting pecans which have already been chopped up, reduce the roasting time to five minutes or so. The smaller the pecan piece the quicker they will burn, so watch them carefully and start checking at three-four minutes
  • If I am making this cake ahead and know I will be freezing it, I always bake and store the cake in a disposable aluminum baking pan. It fits perfectly into a two-gallon plastic storage bag
  • It's best to wait to add the praline topping to your cake to just before you are ready to serve it. It also works best to wait until the cake has cooled completely. 


Calories: 489kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 360mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 24g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 0.5mg