This is my dad’s favorite cake that his mom made. After she died, my mom had to learn how to make it. Mom only makes it for him on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and his birthday though. Last week was his birthday and his favorite gift was his pecan cake. I have had to learn to make it as well so that Dad can have it more than just three times a year.
Grandmomma always made hers in a beautiful three layer cake, but my mom and I have found that it’s so much easier to just do it in a 9-x-13 pan.
The icing is tricky to make. If you don’t cook it long enough, it will be runny. If you cook it too long, it will be too hard. My mom cooks on gas and I cook on electric, so our cook times for the icing are different. It is just one of those trial and error things that took us both a few times before we got it right.
I encourage anyone that has favorite family recipes to get in the kitchen and watch their mom or grandmother make it at least once while they are still alive! Many family recipes die when the person who makes it passes away because they never share it with anyone. I would have loved to watch Grandmomma make her pecan cake just once so I could take notes.
Grandmomma’s Pecan Cake
1 yellow cake mix, baked per instructions on box.
3 cups sugar
1 ½ cups buttermilk
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
When it reaches a full boil, cook on low
for 23 minutes (soft ball stage). Remove
from heat and add:
¾ stick butter
Dash of salt
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp baking soda
Beat with a mixer and immediately ice the cooled cake with it before it sets up. Arrange pecan halves on top as soon as you get the cake iced.