Pecan Upside Down Bundt Cake


For the Pecan Topping:

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted: Forms the base of the topping.
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed: Adds sweetness and a molasses flavor.
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup: Gives a smooth texture and shine.
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt: Balances the sweetness.
  • 1 cup chopped pecans: Adds a nutty crunch and flavor.

For the Cake Batter:

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix: Provides an easy and reliable cake base.
  • 3 large eggs: Adds structure and richness to the cake.
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil: Keeps the cake moist.
  • 1 cup water: Needed for the cake mix.
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream: Enhances the cake’s moisture and adds a slight tang.


Prepare the Oven and Pan:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Prepare the Bundt Pan: Liberally spray a bundt pan with nonstick spray and set aside.

Make the Pecan Topping:

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt until the brown sugar begins to dissolve.
  2. Add Pecans: Stir in the chopped pecans.
  3. Layer in Pan: Pour this mixture into the bottom of the prepared bundt pan.

Prepare the Cake Batter:

  1. Mix Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, water, and sour cream. Mix according to the package directions for the cake mix.
  2. Add to Pan: Pour the cake batter over the pecan topping in the bundt pan. Spread evenly.


  1. Bake: Place in the preheated oven and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  2. Cool: After baking, cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
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  1. Loosen Edges: Run a knife around the edges of the cake to loosen it from the pan.
  2. Invert Cake: Invert the cake onto a cake plate.

Finishing Touches:

  • If any pecans stick to the pan, gently remove them and place them back on the cake.


  • Store the cake at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

This Pecan Upside Down Bundt Cake is a wonderful dessert that’s perfect for gatherings, special occasions, or simply as a treat to enjoy at home. The combination of a moist vanilla cake with the caramelized pecan topping is sure to delight anyone who tries it.

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