Pecan Upside Down Cake Recipe


  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 package of instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter
  • Light brown sugar (enough to cover the bottom of your baking pan)
  • Pecan halves (enough to create a layer on top of the brown sugar)


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Prepare the Baking Pan: Choose a bundt pan, square, or oblong baking pan. Generously spray the pan with baking spray to prevent sticking.
  3. Prepare the Pecan Layer: In a small saucepan, melt the stick of butter over low heat. Once melted, pour the butter into the prepared pan, making sure to evenly coat the bottom.
  4. Add Brown Sugar: Sprinkle a layer of light brown sugar over the melted butter in the pan. The amount of brown sugar can vary depending on your preference, but aim to cover the bottom of the pan evenly.
  5. Arrange Pecans: Place pecan halves on top of the brown sugar and butter layer. You can arrange them in any pattern you like, but make sure to create an even layer of pecans.
  6. Prepare the Cake Batter: In a mixing bowl, combine the yellow cake mix, instant vanilla pudding mix, eggs, oil, and water. Mix until well combined, and the batter is smooth.
  7. Pour the Batter: Carefully pour the cake batter on top of the pecans in the pan, ensuring that it covers the pecans evenly.
  8. Bake: Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 35 to 45 minutes. The exact baking time may vary depending on your oven and the type of pan you’re using. A bundt pan may take the full 45 minutes, while other pans might need slightly less time. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool and Invert: Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 10-15 minutes. Then, carefully invert the pan onto a serving plate. The pecan and brown sugar layer should now be on top, creating a delicious upside-down cake.
  10. Serve: Slice and serve your Pecan Upside Down Cake once it has cooled completely. Enjoy!
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This delightful dessert is perfect for special occasions or just to satisfy your sweet tooth. Enjoy!

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