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Pecan Upside-Down Bundt Cake Recipe

Elevate Your Dessert Game: Pecan Upside-Down Bundt Cake Magic


Indulge your taste buds in the culinary delight of a Pecan Upside-Down Bundt Cake that transcends the ordinary. This recipe promises a symphony of flavors and textures, leaving your guests awe-inspired. Let’s delve into the exquisite details that set this masterpiece apart.

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Unveiling the Secret Ingredients

Pecan Topping Perfection

Prepare your taste buds for a journey by crafting the impeccable pecan topping. Blend ½ cup of packed light or dark brown sugar with ¼ cup of corn syrup, ½ cup of melted butter, and a pinch of salt. Integrate 1 cup of chopped pecans into this blissful mixture. The result is a harmonious concoction that forms the decadent foundation of your bundt cake.

Cake Batter Brilliance

The heart of this dessert lies in the cake batter. Combine the convenience of a vanilla cake mix (such as Betty Crocker Super Moist Vanilla) with ½ cup of vegetable oil, 3 large eggs, 3 tablespoons of sour cream, and 1 cup of water. Mix until the batter achieves a flawless consistency, free from any lumps.

Crafting Culinary Excellence

Preheating Perfection

Begin your culinary journey by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Liberally spray a 10-inch bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray, ensuring an easy release of your masterpiece.

Artistry in Pecan Topping

Execute finesse in crafting the pecan topping. The amalgamation of melted butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt yields a sublime blend. Add pecans to this elixir, creating a layer that will tantalize the taste buds.

Seamless Cake Batter Integration

Pour the meticulously crafted cake batter over the pecan topping, ensuring an even distribution. Use a spatula to guarantee the batter envelops the pecan layer entirely, setting the stage for baking perfection.

The Alchemy of Baking

Place the bundt pan in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, allowing the cake to reach a golden perfection. A toothpick or cake tester should emerge clean, indicating the completion of this gastronomic masterpiece.

The Grand Reveal

Exercise patience as the cake cools for 10 minutes on a rack. Invert the bundt pan onto a large plate, unveiling the captivating pecan upside-down creation. A gentle tap ensures the pecans gracefully detach from the pan, presenting a flawless finish.

Serving Suggestions

Warm Indulgence

For an immediate sensory experience, serve the cake warm with your favorite ice cream. The fusion of warm cake and cold ice cream creates a symphony of flavors that will leave your guests in awe.

Elegant Room Temperature Delight

Alternatively, allow the cake to cool to room temperature for a sophisticated dessert experience. The complexity of flavors deepens, offering a nuanced taste that lingers on the palate.

Stunning Pecan Upside-Down Bundt Cake

Prepare to dazzle your guests with this remarkable creation, and the best part? You can keep the secret to yourself!


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
  • 1 cup 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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Laura J. Boss

Meet Laura J. Boss, a passionate blogger and cooking enthusiast who loves to experiment with different recipes and cuisines from around the world. Born and raised in a small town, I grew up watching my mother cook and developed a keen interest in the art of cooking from an early age.After completing my education, I decided to pursue my passion for cooking and started my own food blog. My blog features a wide range of recipes, from traditional family favorites to fusion dishes that I have created myself. My blog has gained a huge following, with many of my readers trying out my recipes and sharing their own cooking experiences.When I am not cooking up a storm in the kitchen, I enjoy traveling and exploring new cultures. I believe that food is an important part of every culture, and love to learn about new ingredients and cooking techniques from around the world.Through my blog, I aim to inspire and encourage others to cook and experiment with different flavors and ingredients. I believe that cooking is not just about making delicious meals, but also about sharing love and creating memories with family and friends.Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook, my blog has something for everyone. So why not give my recipes a try and discover the joy of cooking for yourself?

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  • Wish there was a print option on the recipe.

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