If you’re looking for a unique and delicious cake recipe, then look no further! This Southern Pecan Praline Cake is one of our new favorites!
*bonk* *clunk* *bonk* Back when I was a kid, we’d go visit my grandparents in upstate South Carolina every Fall, and they had a gigantic pecan tree growing in their backyard. My grandfather had a homemade grill (made out of a metal barrel cut in half) right under that tree. Whenever we’d visit, that’s what I’d hear. *bonk* *clunk* *bonk* Those pecans would fall from the tree and clunk right off the metal grill. In turn, the ground would be filled with pecans and pecan shells. (The squirrels liked to go after those pecans before they ever ripened. Stupid squirrels.)
My grandfather would send me into the backyard with an old plastic bucket to pick up pecans. I think he paid me a quarter for every bucket I filled. In hindsight, this was a really cheap way to keep me entertained while my parents and grandparents hung out on their huge wrap-around porch. Once I had picked up as many pecans as I could carry, I’d haul them inside where we’d sit on the backporch cracking and picking the shells off. We’d end up with a huge pile of pecans that my grandmother would turn into either Cajun Spiced Pecans or Sugared Pecans depending on our mood.
Needless to say, I grew up eating a lot of pecans. Many years later, I moved to Louisiana after college, and I ran into this wonderful thing called a praline. Pralines are a dessert made up of brown sugar and (optional) pecans. They’re sweet. But they’re also really delicious! I made these Bourbon Pecan Pralines a few years ago, and they’re still one of my go-to holiday desserts to take to parties. Most folks here in the northeast aren’t familiar with pralines, so they always lead to good conversations. As far as I’m concerned, any conversation about food is a good conversation!
Southern Pecan Praline Cake
So with that as a backdrop, I wanted to set out and create a cake that incorporated the flavors of pralines and chopped pecans. And create a cake I did. One bite of this one, and I immediately proclaimed it as one of my favorite cakes of all time. It’s that good! For this Southern Pecan Praline Cake, I used my go-to yellow cake as a base and added a brown sugar frosting. Oh, and did I mention the frosting has a bunch of chopped pecans mixed in? So good! I know it might be frowned upon to eat an entire cake by yourself, but I really wanted to just take this plate and a fork and go sit in a dark closet somewhere. Me, this Southern Pecan Praline Cake and nothing else. Our secret, ok?
If you’re looking for a unique and delicious cake idea, then look no further! This Southern Pecan Praline Cake is one of my new favorites, and I suspect I’ll be making another one before too long. Maybe once I teach Robbie to pick up pecans in the backyard. (Of course, that would require me to plant a pecan tree first. Maybe next year.) Cheers, friends!