Pecan Pie Upside Down Cake – Christmas Desserts

Made this for christmas.. Easy to make, it was so moist, and delicious! Lots of compliments and no leftovers. This unbeatable combination of pecan pie and upside-down cake is no exception. Brown sugar, melted butter and pecan halves are mixed together and spread in a cake pan, which then gets topped with a sweet Bisquick™ batter, baked, and drizzled with a powdered sugar-milk glaze. The end result is a gooey pecan pie layer that sits atop a fluffy—yet dense—cake, instead of a pie crust. This dessert is a wonderful treat for fall (or all year-round for pecan pie lovers!) and tastes especially delightful when served with a side of from-scratch sweetened whipped cream. We love this cake as a sweet addition to any meal—either a post-dinner treat or even as a star of your next brunch party!



Pecan Pie Upside Down Cake




  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup pecan halves


  • 1 1/2 cups Original Bisquick™ mix
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons milk


Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray; line with cooking parchment paper.

In medium bowl, stir melted butter, brown sugar and water until well blended. Stir in pecans to coat evenly. Pour into pan, and spread pecans in an even layer; set aside.

In large bowl, beat Cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter evenly over pecan mixture in pan.

Bake 29 to 34 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Run knife around side of pan to loosen cake. Cool pan on cooling rack 5 minutes. Place heatproof serving plate upside down over pan; turn plate and pan over. Remove pan. Replace any pecans that may still be in pan on top of cake. Cool 15 minutes.

In small bowl, mix powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons of the milk until well blended. If too thick to drizzle, add additional milk, 1/4 teaspoon at a time. Drizzle with fork over top. For 8 servings, cut into 8 wedges. Store loosely covered in refrigerator.


Serve cake with sweetened whipped cream on top.
Lining the cake pan with cooking parchment paper will ensure cake comes easily out of pan.
To make 1 1/2 cups whipped cream, place medium deep bowl and beaters in freezer or refrigerator to chill. Place 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream and 1 tablespoon powdered sugar in chilled bowl. Beat on low speed until mixture begins to thicken. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla; beat on high speed until soft peaks form.





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