February 25, 2010


Pecan Praline Cake

pecan praline cake piece

This cake is my new favorite dessert.  The recipe is another gluten-free version of a recipe from Mennonite Country-Style Recipes. If you don't eat gluten free, you can use any yellow cake recipe or cake mix and just follow the directions for the praline part of the cake.  It’s very easy to make and doesn’t need any frosting.   I absolutely love the butter, brown sugar and pecans that rest on top of a soft yellow cake.

I’ve tried this cake several times now trying to perfect a way to keep it from sticking to the pan.  I haven’t found a perfect solution, but this worked pretty well.  This cake will never win a beauty contest anyway, but it could win awards for being delicious.

Gluten-Free Pecan Praline Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Prepare a 9 x 13 inch cake pan by lining it with foil and greasing or spraying it with non-stick cooking spray.  Make sure you grease it well, especially the edges and corners.

pecan praline cake pan

Toast the pecans by putting them (unchopped) on a cookie sheet or cake pan and baking them about 5 –10 minutes in a 350 degree oven.  Keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn.  This step is optional, but it really brings out the flavor in the pecans.  Let them cool a little then chop them.

Melt the butter and combine it with the brown sugar and pecans.  Press it onto the bottom of the pan.  It will be pretty thin.

pecan praline cake bottom layer

Prepare the yellow cake batter and spread it on top of the nut mixture.

pecan praline cake batter
Bake at 350 degrees 35 – 40 minutes. 

pecan praline cake baked

Let it cool in the pan about 5 - 10 minutes.  If you have any foil wrapped over the edge of the pan, loosen it up,  then turn the cake onto a tray or whatever you plan on serving it on.  I have a plastic rectangular cake box that I use, but a cookie sheet will work too.  You want the foil and cake to come out of the pan together.

pecan praline cake inverted with foil

Carefully remove the foil.  Have a spatula handy to scrape stuck on pieces off the foil.  You might need to do a little patching around the edges.  This picture really highlights the patched areas, but viewed from the top it didn’t look that bad.

pecan praline cake inverted

Just to remind you what the cake look likes:

pecan praline cake piece
Enjoy!  It’s delicious.

This recipe is linked to the following food carnivals.  The links you will find there are not necessarily gluten free, but some are and others can easily be converted.

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This cake sounds delicious. I can't wait to try it! Regarding the sticking... did you try it in a cast iron skillet?
OMG..Linda...that looks like a piece of heaven...yumm!

Anonymous ~ No, I've only tried it in a metal pan. If you try cast iron, let me know how it turns out.
Hey Linda...do you remember when you had that widget on your blog for in season fruit and veggies....do recall where you got that from?

Thank you!

That looks amazing! I am really craving the pecan topping now :)
This looks amazing. I love pecan praline anything. I'd love it this way.
Thanks Linda...I believe you are right about the thing not working!

Have a great day!

Yum yum yum! I always know where to look for desserts to share that I know friends and family will love!
Yum! Linda this looks moist and amazing!

~Aubree Cherie
Wow! I can't wait to try the recipe. I've never seen that flour combo..I'm excited :)
Oh my goodness, that looks so good Linda.
I want to thank-you for all the great advice you have been giving me.
Thank-you so much.

I have given you the Sunshine blog award! Please stop by to pick it up! Congrats!
Mmmm...I know this must be SOO good!
That looks FABULOUS. I love anything praline - will have to try soon!
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I made this for my husband's 40th birthday and it was a hit - very delicious, like having a pecan pie (which he loves) on TOP of a yellow cake. Yummy!
I made this cake and my husband and in-laws who don't eat gluten free pronounced it extremely yummy (even after I made the mistake of trying to "hide" a little bit of my extra bean flour I mistakenly bought back when I first went GF in the flour mixture). I didn't care for the bean flavor in the cake part of it but I'm going to try to make it again w/o the bean flour and I'm sure it will be even more delicious!
Your cake looks really delicious. I like how you have created your own gluten free cake mix too. I don't have to eat gluten free but I'd happily make and eat this cake!!
Stopping by from Tasty Tuesday. The photo caught my eye - How nice to find that it's actually GF!!!! I frequently post GF recipes on my blog as well. This one looks so delicious. I'll be sure to give it a try. :-)
That looks so yummy--sounds like a great topping!

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