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pecan buttermilk cake

Pecan Buttermilk Cake

This old-fashioned cake is making a comeback! Rich buttermilk cake topped with a buttery pecan glaze. It's perfection!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pecan buttermilk cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 485 kcal
Author Amanda Rettke



  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 113g) butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups (400g) light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups (480g) buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup (200g) light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (61g) buttermilk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecans roughly chopped



  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9x13 baking dish. (I used GOOP, click the recipe in the Notes)

  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar together with a hand-held mixer until smooth.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, incorporating them into the butter mixture fully. Scrape the sides of the bowl if needed.
  4. Pour in the buttermilk and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. (Make sure there are no lumps)
  5. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt to the wet ingredients. Stir by hand with a spatula until ingredients are incorporated.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  7. Bake the cake for 30 minutes. Ten minutes before the cake is done, prepare the topping.


  1. Stir the butter and brown sugar together in a small bowl. (I used a 2 cup measuring cup) Add the buttermilk, chopped pecans, and salt. You should easily be able to pour the glaze.
  2. When you take the cake out of the oven, immediately pour the pecan glaze all over the cake. Then return it to the oven for 10 more minutes.
  3. When the cake is done, the glaze should be bubbling and appear runny and seeping into every nook and cranny of the cake.
  4. Serve warm.
  5. (If you prefer to serve at room temperature, the glaze will have hardened a bit.)

Recipe Notes

GOOP Recipe (clickable link)