Pecan Upside Down Cake

This Pecan Upside Down Cake is made from a sweet, caramelized pecan pie filling layer on top of a moist, dense and wonderfully buttery vanilla cake later.

This pecan topped bundt cake is like a delicious cross between cake and pecan pie.


For the Pecan Topping:

½ cup packed light or dark brown sugar

¼ cup of corn syrup

½ cup melted butter

1 cup chopped pecans

¼ tsp salt

For the Cake Batter:

1 box vanilla cake mix (I used Betty Crocker Super Moist Vanilla)

½ cup of vegetable oil

3 large eggs

3 tbsp sour cream

1cup of water


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Spray 10 inch bundt pan liberally with non-stick cooking spray, and set aside for later

Pecan Topping

In a medium bowl, using a hand-held mixer or whisk, combine melted butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Continue mixing until the brown sugar has almost dissolved completely

Add pecans to brown sugar mixture and mix until fully combined

Pour mixture into prepared bundt pan and use a spatula to spread into one even layer. Set aside

Cake Batter

In a large bowl, using a hand-held mixer or whisk, combine cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, water, and sour cream. Mix together until no lumps remain

Pour cake batter over top of the pecan topping. Use a spatula to make sure the batter is spread out evenly and completely covers the pecan topping

Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester stick inserted comes out clean

After the cake is finished baking, remove bundt pan from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool for 10 minutes. Do not attempt to flip the pan before this!

Once 10 minutes have passed, place a large plate over the top of the bundt pan to invert the cake onto the plate. I like to bang the top of the pan a few times before I lift it up to make sure those loose pecans unstick from the pan

Slice and serve warm with your favorite ice cream, or allow the cake to cool and serve at room temperature.


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