Pecan Pie Bundt Cake is a holiday recipe combining the flavors of classic pecan pie with a moist cake using Greek honey instead of corn syrup. Sweet and nutty, this dramatically tall bundt cake is crowned with a ring of decadent pecans and a brown sugar syrup drizzle that gives an extra gooey goodness to an already festive cake. Pecan Pie Bundt Cake is a fantastic alternative holiday dessert to share with your family and friends during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and any special occasion.
Hello my friends. I’m over the moon excited to share with you this Pecan Pie Bundt Cake. This is the first photo shoot that I’m so very proud of because I feel I’m reaching a new step in becoming a better food photographer. During the last several months, I have been studying pretty hard learning from different photography e-books, and studying (and admiring) photographs from all of my favorite food photographers and food bloggers.
Is Pecan Pie Bundt Cake the Magical Viral Post?
This journey of food blogging for me has come with more downs than ups. But, I’m aware of the long road ahead for me to be able to achieve being the food photographer that I want to be; eventually be recognized as a decent food photographer by others; and most importantly, reach a respectable amount of traffic on the Spoonabilities.com website. My ultimate goal is for one million people to find out about, see, and enjoy my photography as well as want to try my recipes based on the pictures and posts that I write. I would love for Spoonabilities to become more than what is right now a hobby. They say it only takes one post to make this kind of viral magic happen, and I hope and wish this Pecan Pie Bundt Cake recipe is that magic. If not, I truly believe if you dream big, work hard and smart, set your mind to something, and stay positive, you will reach your goal… even without a magical viral post.
Resources for New Food Photographers
During the last two years, I have been buying and studying several food photographer e-books or courses. Each of them has taught me something new, and I know that I need to re-read most of them again now that I better understand some of the concepts. If you are starting out in food blogging, here are some resources that will be beneficial for you. I’m listing them in the order in which I read them.
- Pinch of Yum – Tasty Food Photography ebook
- Minimalist Baker – Food Photography School
- Recipe Tin Eats – The Food Photography Book ( I learned a lot with this book)
- Nicole Branan – Food Photography behind the scenes – Bright Food, Dark Shadows
- Black White Vivid – A Quick Guide to Moody Food Photography
- We Eat Together – The Food Photography Masterclass
- Two Loves Studio – Art of Light (I just got this one, so I haven’t started)
Our mission at Spoonabilities: No Jars Left Behind
This Pecan Pie Bundt Cake recipe is a true reflection of our mission to use leftover ingredients from the pantry or refrigerator in every recipe. One way that I do that is to make substitutions based on what I have available already. Right now, I have a ton of butter in the refrigerator from all the baking I have been doing this season. So, the original recipe asked for all-vegetable shortening to be used to grease the Bundt cake pan, and I was not planning to buy shortening for one-time use. So, butter it is, which makes the cake taste all that better anyway.
Another ingredient which is traditional in Pecan Pie is corn syrup, but for some reason I’m not a big fan of corn syrup. So, I substituted the syrup with honey. I always have an open jar of honey to have with my tea, and currently I’m trying our newest arrival Woodland Honey with Sage imported from Greece. I was really worried about this substitution because I was afraid that the taste of the honey would be to strong and overpower the whole cake. It didn’t, and it actually made it so much better. The cake was amazingly delicious and moist.
Pecan Pie Bundt Cake is pretty quick to prepare – between 10-15 minutes. First, grease the Bundt cake pan with butter and sprinkle some chopped pecans all around the edges of the mold. The small pieces of pecan will stick to the sides and most of them will go to the bottom of the cake pan. Try and make sure they are evenly distributed. As you can see in the photos, the pecans create a nice dramatic crown on top of the cake. This is the reason why I chose the Kugelhopf Bundt cake pan from Nordic Ware because it has a distinctive angled, sweeping shape that creates a dramatic cake.
Dare I say this Pecan Pie Bundt Cake is Sexy?
I’m sure you can see from the pictures that this Pecan Pie Bundt Cake is luscious and rich. The cake itself turned out so moist and delicious, and then the crown of decedent pecans lining the top of the tall tower of a cake just takes your taste buds over the top. Dare I say that this cake is sexy? The drizzle can be called liquid sugary gold. It’s made of brown sugar, butter and a little cream. Not only does it make the top of the cake glisten, but as it was slowly dripped down the sides it soaked into every delicious bite of the super tall cake. I highly recommend keeping some aside too and drizzling more on the sides of the individual slices. Your guests will go crazy with desire over this cake!
I believe that one of the reasons this cake turned out so moist and rich is that I used honey instead of corn syrup. Beyond that, I was fortunately enough to use one of our two special honeys from Greece. Here’s some interesting facts about honey from Greece, and honey in general.
Do you know Greek Honey is considered the best honey in the world?
Honey from Greece is universally well-known as one of the best honeys in the world. The warm summer sun that lasts the whole year long is one of the reasons, as well as the enormous assortment of flowers and plants throughout the countryside totaling over 850 different spices that can be found nowhere else on earth. Greece is well known for its olives and olive oil. You probably didn’t know that Greece also has more bee hives “per acre” than any other country in Europe. The very best honey in Greece comes from the area of “Thyme” (Thimari in Greek) which is in the southwestern part of the peninsula.
Honey Health and Fun Facts:
- It takes the lifetime of 12 bees to make one teaSpoon of honey!
- Honey was the first sweetener used by the Greeks. As they used it to prepare sweets and delicacies, honey became very popular in ancient Greece. Why do I want some baklava right now?
- Studies show that honey is one of the easiest foods to digest and is known for its cancer-fighting properties, aids in the prevention of osteoporosis and breast cancer, and contains anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal substances.
- The unique mixture of ingredients in Greek honey is good for preventing fatigue and enhancing athletic performance. Greek honey, in particular, boasts high vitamins, enzymes, amino acids and minerals. Honey is a good source of antioxidants and is extremely high in protein content which is why it is athletes’ favorite.
- It’s the only food in the world that has everything humans need. It will not spoil and never goes bad.
- Read more of these interesting honey facts
Consider that all these awesome properties of honey are in the Pecan Pie Bundt Cake ;).
Check out these other recipes I made with honey:
- Roasted Pumpkin Bisque
- Naan Bread with Cilantro Flavored Oil
- Yellow Pea Shoot Salad Recipe with Champagne Mustard Vinaigrette
Meligyris is the producer of the four Greek honeys that we have in our Spoonabilities e-pantry. If you’re curious about how they harvest and package their honey, watch this video. Warning: If you don’t like or are scared of bees, don’t watch. If you want to jump from the harvesting of the honey to the packaging, start at around minute 4:30. Enjoy!!
Your Recipe Concierge
Check out more cake recipes in the links below :
- Pumpkin Tiramisu Cake with Pumpkin Spice Mascarpone Cream
- Pumpkin Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Filling
- Lingonberry Cake
- Lingonberry Hazelnut Coffee Cake
- Hazelnut Citrus Torte
- Persian Almond Cardamom Pistachio Cake
- Death by Chocolate Cake
Pecan Pie Bundt Cake
Yield 12-16 slices
Pecan Pie Bundt Cake is a combination of the traditional flavors of the classic pecan pie, and the sweet & moist taste of cake, in the unique Kugelhopf Bundt pan shape. The sweet brown sugar drizzle makes this cake luscious. It is one of our new favorite holiday baking recipes.
The surprise ingredient for this delicious Pecan Pie Bundt Cake is the use of Greek Woodland Honey with Sage instead of traditional corn syrup.
Adapted from Bake From scratch
- 2 TableSpoons butter
- 1 cup finely chopped pecans
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1¾ cups granulated sugar
- 1 TableSpoon vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaSpoon baking powder
- ¾ cup honey, I used Woodland Honey with Sage
- ½ cup whole buttermilk
- ½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 2 TableSpoons coffee creamer - I used Hazelnut flavor.
- pinch salt
- Preheat oven to 325°.
For the cake:
- Grease the 10-cups Kugelhopf Bundt Pan with butter. Sprinkle pecans in the pan and swirl pan to coat. Leave remaining pecans in bottom of pan, but make sure they are evenly distributed
- Using a stand mixer, beat butter, sugar, and vanilla at medium speed until fluffy - about 4 to 5 minutes, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder. In a small bowl, stir together honey and buttermilk. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined after each addition. Spoon batter into prepared pan.
- Bake until a wooden pick inserted near center comes out with a few moist crumbs, about 1 hour.
- Let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Invert cake onto a wire rack, and let cool for 30 minutes.
For the drizzle:
- In a small saucepan, bring the brown sugar, butter, coffee creamer, and salt to a boil. Remove from heat. Slowly drizzle over warm cake.
Note: I drizzle mine the next day, and it works great because the cake is more stable. I think due to the Bundt cake mold style if I do it with the cake still warm, pecan pieces from the top of the cake may fall off.
Vitamin A 22%, Calcium 7%, Iron 9%, Vitamin B12 4%, Vitamin E 5%, Vitamin K 3%
Serving Size 13 serving
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 28.3 g
Trans Fat 0.8 g
Cholesterol 112.1 mg
Sodium 86.1 mg
Total Carbohydrates 71.4 g
Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
Sugars 53.9 g
Protein 5.6 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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