Butternut Cake with Butter Pecan Frosting

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Servings: 10 servings
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 35 min
Difficulty: Easy

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Nonstick spray
3 cups self-rising flour, plus more for dusting cake pans
2 sticks butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons butternut extract
1 cup pecans, chopped


4 cups confectioners’ sugar
One 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon butternut extract
1/2 cup pecans





For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Adjust the racks to the middle of the oven. Spray three 9-inch cake pans with nonstick spray and dust lightly with flour.

Using a stand mixer, cream the butter until fluffy. Add the granulated sugar and continue to cream well for 6 to 8 minutes.

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour and milk alternately to the creamed mixture, beginning and ending with the flour. Add the extract and continue to beat until just mixed. Then fold in the pecans. Divide the batter equally among the prepared pans. Level the batter in each pan by holding pan 3 or 4 inches above the counter and dropping it flat onto the counter.

Bake until golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool the cakes completely before frosting.

For the frosting: Add the confectioners’ sugar to a bowl and whisk to make sure there are no lumps. Set aside.

In a large bowl, blend together the cream cheese and butter with an electric hand mixer. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the extract. Stir in the pecans (or reserve them to sprinkle over the frosted cake). Fill and frost the cake when the layers are completely cool.

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Reader Comments:


I bought mine at Michael's in the cake decorating section of there store.

By Karen on January 05, 2014


Me and my sister in law have been looking for the butternut extract. Can't find anywhere. I remember my mom making the cake when I was young. The extract came in a round bottle and she only used it for this one cake. let me where to buy it.

By connie battin on December 16, 2013


King Arthur Flour site has vanilla butternut extract. Amazon prolly has it...

By Anonymous on September 15, 2013


can't find butter nut extract......where can i find it....

By susan on August 07, 2013


Where can I purchase butternut extract?

By Cc on July 29, 2013


Was kinda dry..could use more frosting

By tabitha on July 24, 2013


This is absolutely the best cake in the world!! My aunt baked it for the family many years ago.I am unable to find the butternut flavoring. Paula ,please e-mail me & tell me whether you sell it or where I can purchase it.I have searched the stores in my area with no luck. Thanks in advance for responding! Brenda

By Brenda on July 20, 2013


where can I buy butternut extract?

By NORMA ZAMORA on July 14, 2013


I recently watched a show where you and Jamie made butternut cake. You commented that you were unable to find the butternut flavering you usually used, but what you used was very good. What was that brand? Thank you. Sandra

By sandra n on July 08, 2013


saw you make this cake with Jamie and want to try it. Where do I buy the butternut extract? love you, love the show bonnie

By bonnie on June 19, 2013


I found it

By Anonymous on June 18, 2013


this cake is a cake that my grandmother made for all special occasions. The recicpe was left in her handwriting for her homemaker's club members. She also was from Florida. I was absolutely astonished as I watched Ms Dean make this cake today with the exact same recicpe as I have from her. I have never heard of anyone else ever making or serving this cake.

By Jill Davis on June 17, 2013


Hi Paula, I watched your TV show about the "butternut cake". I wonder if you could tell me what kind of vanilla butternut flavoring you used. You said it was very important to purchase a good flavoring and I couldn't read the label on the bottle you used. I would be very grateful for your help. Karen

By Karen on June 17, 2013


Paula I love that you use old family recipes. It connects us to our love ones that are no longer with us.

By Brenda on June 16, 2013

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