A butter pecan praline cake is a delicious dessert that combines the flavors of butter, pecans, and caramel. It is made with a butter pecan cake mix, a coconut pecan frosting, eggs, oil, milk, and chopped pecans.
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The cake is baked in a 9×13-inch pan and then poked with holes to allow a buttery condensed milk sauce to soak into it.
The sauce is also topped with more chopped pecans for extra crunch and nuttiness. The result is a moist and rich cake that tastes like a pecan pie with a cakey texture.
Why Butter Pecan Praline Poke Cake Is a Great Dessert
There are many reasons why you should try baking butter pecan praline cake. Here are some of them:
- Mouthwatering dessert. Butter pecan praline cake—with its sweet and rich flavors—is a delectable dessert known for its flavorful cake. It has a moist and rich cake base, a crunchy and nutty topping, and a sweet and gooey sauce.
- Easy–to–make. Baking a butter pecan praline cake is a piece of cake! It uses accessible and budget-friendly ingredients like butter pecan cake mix, coconut pecan frosting, and some simple ingredients that you may already have in your pantry.
You do not need special equipment or skills to make this cake either. You simply need to mix and bake.
- Versatile. Butter Pecan Praline Poke Cake is also a versatile dessert that can be served on different occasions. You can make it for your significant other’s birthday, a holiday, a potluck, or a family gathering.
Can I Use Other Nuts Instead of Pecan?
Yes, you can use other nuts as an alternative to pecans in your Butter Pecan Praline Poke Cake.
Some of the best substitutes for pecans are walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, and macadamia nuts. These nuts are known to have a similar texture as well as flavor to pecans. Although some nuts may have a stronger or milder taste than pecans.
So, you may need to adjust the amount of sugar and other ingredients accordingly.
Take walnuts and pistachios, as examples.
Walnuts are known to be mildly sweet but more bitter in terms of taste compared to pecans. Pistachios, on the other hand, are more salty and earthy.
How to Properly Store It?
- If you want to store the cake at room temperature, simply place it in a container with a cover. You can wrap it with plastic wrap too. It will help the cake stay moist and soft. The glaze will not harden or crystallize either.
Keep it in a cool and dry place for up to three days.
- If you want to store the cake in the refrigerator, you can place it in an airtight cake container and keep it in the fridge for up to four days or up to five days. Doing so will allow the cake to stay fresh and the glaze will not melt or drip.
- If you want to store the cake in the freezer, simply wrap it tightly using plastic wrap or aluminum foil. It will help preserve the cake’s flavor and texture, and the glaze will not crack or separate.
You can freeze it for up to two months.
Butter Pecan Praline Poke Cake
For the cake:
- ¾ C. Vegetable oil
- 15 oz. Butter pecan cake mix
- 1 C. Milk
- 16 oz. Coconut pecan frosting tub
- ½ C.Chopped pecans
- 4 Large eggs
For the sauce:
- ½ C. Pecans chopped
- 14 oz. Can sweetened condensed milk
- ¼ C. Butter
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Blend together the cake mix, frosting, eggs, milk and oil in a mixing bowl until well combined.
- Fold the pecans into the cake batter.
- Spread the cake batter evenly in a well greased 9x13 baking dish.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the cake is cooked through completely.
- Remove the cake from the oven, and use the end of a cooking spoon or butter knife to poke holes over its surface while it is still warm.
- Combine the butter and sweetened condensed milk in a pot over medium low heat. Bring to a low simmer, and then fold in the pecans.
- Pour the sauce mixture over the cake, and allow it to cool before slicing to serve.
Marie Rayner is a retired Chef, freelance writer, recipe developer, food blogger, and Cookbook author. She makes her home in Chester, UK, where she lives with her husband, Todd, and their much beloved English Cocker, Mitzie. Her motto is “Life is far too short to eat bad food,” and her goal is to share delicious and easy recipes which anyone can enjoy and cook in the comfort of their own home.