Caramel Pecan Upside Down Cake

Cakes & Cupcakes
December 12, 2021
Cakes & Cupcakes
December 12, 2021

Caramel Pecan Upside Down Cake

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 40 min
  • Total time: 1 hr

Serve up this buttery caramel pecan upside down cake for a sweet breakfast treat or scrumptious dessert! This rustic cake

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Caramel Pecan Upside Down Cake

Serve up this buttery caramel pecan upside down cake for a sweet breakfast treat or scrumptious dessert! This rustic cake is super easy to make and downright delicious.

caramel pecan upside down cake

Caramel Pecan Upside Down Cake

We love cake around here. But sometimes a multilayered frosted confection can be a lot of time and energy–which is why I love upside down cakes. They’re equally beautiful, but so easy to make! Simply line the bottom of your pan with your topping (sliced fruit, caramel, toasted nuts, etc.), pour your cake batter over the topping, and bake! When you’re ready to serve simply turn the cake out and serve it “upside down,” and you have a gorgeous, rustic, easy cake!

pecan upside down cake

What is pecan upside down cake

This nutty, caramel upside down cake is an explosion of textures and salty-sweet flavors. This pecan upside down cake is made with a moist, buttery cake and and indulgent caramel pecan topping. Together they form a downright delicious, cozy cake that’s perfect as a dessert or for starting the day off on a sweet note.

caramel pecan upside down cake

Ingredients for Caramel Pecan Upside Down Cake

You’ll need a few extra ingredients for this caramel pecan upside down cake, but the time you’ll save on not having to frost a cake makes up for it! Most of these are pantry staples, with a few speciality ingredients, but you should be able to find them all at your local grocery store. Here’s your shopping list:

  • Brown Sugar
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Butter
  • Candied Pecans (you can also use regular pecans, but pecan pralines add a little extra sumthin’, sumthin’.)
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Baking Powder
  • Buttermilk

caramel pecan upside down cake

Tips for making a perfect upside down cake

Upside down cakes are pretty straightforward to make, but if you’ve never made one before you might not know all the tips and tricks that lead to a scrumptious and stunning cake!

  • Thoroughly grease the bottom and sides of your pan: We recommend lining your pan with parchment AND greasing it to make sure that sticky caramel pecan bottom doesn’t stick when you’re turning it upside down to serve.
  • Don’t over bake it: Over baked cakes tend to stick more because they really bake into the sides of your pan. You can insert a knife into your cake to make sure it’s done as many times as you want because you’re going to be flipping it over anyways, so keep an eye on it and take it out as soon as the knife comes out clean!
  • Let the cake cool before trying to release it: Look I get it. I am very impatient, but cakes need time to cool down before releasing from the pan. If you try to flip the cake out when it’s too hot the caramel pecan top will be super messy and your cake may fall apart. Wait until the cake is cool to the touch before flipping it over!

caramel pecan upside down cake

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Caramel Pecan Upside Down Cake

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Serve up this buttery caramel pecan upside down cake for a sweet breakfast treat or scrumptious dessert! This rustic cake is super easy to make and downright delicious.

Serve up this buttery caramel pecan upside down cake for a sweet breakfast treat or scrumptious dessert! This rustic cake is super easy to make and downright delicious.

  • Author: Sarah| Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american
  • Author: Sarah| Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american
Scale:
  • Author: Sarah| Broma Bakery
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: american

Ingredients

for the caramel pecan topping

  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 Tablespoons corn syrup or honey
  • 2 cups chopped candied pecans (I used pecan pralines from Trader Joes)

for the cake

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a 9 inch round pan (springform works best, but any kind should work) with parchment paper on the bottom and thoroughly grease or butter the sides of the pan and the parchment paper.
  2.  Spread the chopped pecan pralines out evenly on the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
  3. In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine the corn syrup, brown sugar and butter. Stir together until smooth. Allow the mixture to come to a boil. Let it boil for about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and pour the caramel over the pecans in your prepared pan.
  4. Next, make the cake. In a stand mixer fit with the whisk attachment, beat the butter and the sugar on medium high speed until light and fluffy and pale in color.
  5. Scrape down the bowl and add the vanilla extract and the eggs, one at a time, mixing on high speed until smooth and fluffy.
  6. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  7. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to the butter mixture, mixing until just combined and no streaks of flour remain.
  8. Pour the cake batter over the the pecans in your prepare pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until a knife inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  9. Allow to cool completely before running a knife along the edge of the pan and carefully flipping over to release and serve upside down! Enjoy!

Keywords: pecan upside down cake, caramel, easy

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  1. This looks so good! I’m making it for Christmas Eve tomorrow! Do you have any tips for baking and storing it ahead of time?

  2. Random but as soon as I saw the photo of the cake I knew the cake would be similar to a peanut square. I swapped the pecans for peanuts and — absolutely delicious!!

  3. Hi. This cake was amazing. The only thing I wish I knew how to fix is that the caramel sauce became really hard after I took the cake out of the oven. I had to get a really sharp knife to even get a slice. How can I avoid it next time .

  4. I love upside down cakes. They are not just for pineapple. My favorite is your banana upside down cake. It’s the recipe that lead me to Broma Bakery! I am looking forward to this pecan upside down cake.

    • Hi Mary! I’ve never tried it, but I’m sure it would work! Just make sure to chop your almonds up so that the pieces aren’t too big!