Pumpkin Pecan Layer Cake Recipe

Pumpkin Pecan Layer Cake

Three layers of festive fall flavors create this memorable cake - the perfect dessert recipe for finishing up a delicious holiday meal!

30 min. prep time
16 servings
353 Ratings



2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
1 (16.5- to 15.25-ounce) package carrot cake mix
1 cup cooked pumpkin
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
2 tablespoons water


3 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping


1 cup pecan halves


Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 3 (8- or 9-inch) round cake pans; set aside.

Combine crushed wafers, chopped pecans and 1/2 cup melted butter in bowl until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press mixture evenly and firmly on bottom of prepared pans.

Combine cake mix, pumpkin, 1/4 cup melted butter, eggs and water in same bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Spread about 1 1/2 cups batter over crumbs in each pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pans. Cool completely.

Combine powdered sugar, 2/3 cup butter, cream cheese and vanilla in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until smooth.

Layer 3 cake layers on serving plate, nut-side down, with 1/2 cup filling spread between each layer.  Frost sides of cake with remaining filling. Spread caramel topping over top of cake, drizzling some over frosted sides. Arrange pecan halves in rings on top of cake. Store refrigerated.

Recipe Tip

To remove cake easily from pan, place cooling rack on top of cake and invert; repeat with remaining layers.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 570

Fat: 34g

Cholesterol: 95mg

Sodium: 450mg

Carbohydrates: 65g

Dietary Fiber: 2g

Protein: 5g

Recipe #4484b©1995Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I have made this for years and people go crazy for it. Awesome recipe. Do not change a thing.
I made this cake to take to a party on 5 different occasions and it was a bit hit each time. One of the times I was asked to bring this to an office party. When I went to get it out of the fridge it had already been sliced and left with a note that read "sorry but we just couldn't wait".
I made this for a friend's birthday and everyone loved it. It looks really pretty and is not that hard.

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