Granny’s Butter Cake Stacked in Pecans Recipe

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Yesterday was Mom’s Birthday and I surprised her with this cake very similar to the one my Granny…her Mom..used to cook.  

Granny made it quite a bit…it was her favorite!  

We always found it under an old tin cake keeper that always sat on her dining room table.

Mom has mentioned it for years but this is the first time I’ve gotten around to making it.  

Hope you enjoy!


  • Cake Ingredients:
  • 1 box Duncan Hines Butter Cake Mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla and butternut flavoring
  • Chocolate Icing:
  • 5 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 - 2 cups pecan halves


Step 1

For the Cake:

Step 2

Combine the cake mix, eggs, butter, milk, and flavoring in your mixing bowl.

Step 3

Mix until well combined.

Step 4

Pour into 2 prepared 9 inch cake pans.

Step 5

Bake on 325 degrees for 25 minutes, or until toothpick tests clean.

Step 6

Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes and then turn out to cool completely.

Step 7

Making the icing:

Step 8

In your mixing bowl combine the sticks of butter, cocoa, confectioner's sugar and vanilla.

Step 9

Begin mixing slowly and adding the heavy cream a little at a time until the icing is spreading consistency. Mix on high for a couple of minutes after scraping down the sides.

Step 10

Frost the bottom layer and add a circular layer of pecan halves. Place the next layer on and repeat.

The ingredients that take the cake mix to the next level…


Mix all the ingredients well and pour into 2 greased and floured 9 inch cake pans…


Bake on 325 degrees for 25 minutes…




Times two!


Make the icing while the cake cools..


Slowly mix the ingredients…


Pour the cream in a little at a time…


Add the vanilla…




Frost the first layer…


Get the pecans ready…


Place the pecans on the cake like this…


Repeat with the second layer like this…

Beautiful…Just the way Granny’s cake looked!


Momma was very happy with her cake!

86 years young today…she’s just beautiful!


This is one of my very favorite pictures of her 🙂


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