Food Fashion and Flow: Praline Pumpkin Cake   

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Praline Pumpkin Cake

Brown sugar, pecans, caramel, cream cheese icing and lots of sweet sticky goodness. Eating this cake is like having a party in your mouth!  I am serious! This cake starts with layers of pumpkin cake with just the right hint of cinnamon and nutmeg, but what puts this cake over the top is the pecan praline topping on both layers. And as if that wasn't enough, cream cheese icing is spread on top of the praline layer and drizzled with caramel. Do you want a showstopping dessert? This is it!

This cake starts with a yellow cake mix and is transformed into this amazing display of sugary goodness. I am embarrassed to admit that the last time I made this cake, I ate it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You might be thinking....that's not so bad.  But what makes me hang my head in shame is the way I licked the dish the cake sat on to get the extra icing and praline topping and crumbs. So I hear you asking yourself, could it have been that good? And the answer is: "HECK YES!!!!!!!" 

Do you still need convincing?

I garnished this cake with pecan halves and a white chocolate truffle with a pecan on top.

Look at all of that delectable caramel resting on a bed of creamy tangy cream cheese icing and look at those freshly shelled pecan halves. This can be in your mouth in an hour.  Maybe you will lick the plate too:-) It'll be our little secret...


1/ cup butter or margarine
¼ cup whipping cream
¾ cup brown sugar
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup canned pumpkin
½ cup water
1/3 cup oil
4 eggs
1 ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg

caramel topping
cream cheese frosting (recipe follows)


Heat oven to 325°F. In 1-quart heavy saucepan, stir together butter, whipping cream and brown sugar. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, just until butter is melted. Pour into two ungreased 9- or 8-inch round cake pans; sprinkle evenly with 3/4 cup pecans

In large bowl, beat cake mix, pumpkin, water, oil, eggs and 1 teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice with electric mixer on low speed until moistened, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Carefully spoon batter over pecan mixture in each pan.
Bake 41 to 47 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly in center. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

Stir remaining 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice into frosting. To assemble cake, place 1 layer, praline side up, on serving plate. Spread with half of the frosting. Top with second layer, praline side up; spread remaining frosting to edge of layer. Drizzle with caramel topping and additional pecans. Store loosely covered in refrigerator.

Note: do not let this sit in pan longer than 5 minute or topping will stick to pan. You can also bake this as a sheet cake, which makes it easier to turn over without the cake splitting. If some of the topping comes off just put it back on with a spoon.  The first time I made this, half of it stuck to the pan, so be cautions when flipping it over.  I love the way it looks in two layers, but I often bake this as a sheet cake because it is a little easier to manage.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 8oz package cream cheeses softened 
1/4 cup softened butter
2-3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar. Store in the refrigerator after use.Photobucket


Andee Layne said...

oh my goodness! im drooling over here! this looks ammmazing ox

Top Cuisine avec Lavi said...

Wow, looks yummy!

Tammy said...

I just got hungry now.. This looks yummy

Erin said...

I would lick the plate. Shamelessly! This looks amazing-and I love anything Pumpkin! Girl after my own heart!


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Joyful said...

Oh wow, this looks amaaaaaaaazing and delicious.

The Baking Gypsy said...

Oh my gosh!!!! That looks incredible!!! A perfect Autumn dessert! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Sandra said...

This cake is "the bomb" how it looks..Wonderfully done, as I am craving something sweet after looking at your photos:))) Thanks for sharing and have a awesome Sunday evening!

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Sara Soda said...

Holy moly... I don't even like pecans, but I think I might have to make an exception for this cake!! It looks absolutely divine!

High Heeled Life said...

OMYGOSH!!! I need some praline Pumpkin Cake! this looks tres delish!!! Thank you for your visit to my corner of BlogLand and your sweet comment.

I'm now a follower of your blog .. Girl ... you make the taste buds scream with happiness!! The cranberry sauces both sound amazing!! We have already celebrated Thanksgiving here in Canada (October) .. But Christmas is just around the corner!!

Can't wait to discover more of your fabulous recipes ..xo HHL

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Anonymous said...

My tongue just melted. :P Twitter

Silver Strands said...

hahaha! Breakfast lunch and dinner .. I can relate! I'm making this tomorrow - it will make me the family favorite :)

AdamAlexMommy (Jasmine) said...

i think this one is my favorite recipe from you so far... soooo scrumptious-looking!


Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle said...

Oh my goodness lady!!! I'm definitely gaining weight this holiday season. All the recipes you're sharing are just too good not to try them. YAY keep them coming.

<3 Marina

M.E said...

This looks like a delight :)

Ivana said...

Oh.My.God. This looks beyond delicious and stunning! You have my full admiration for this one!

Happy Monday!

xx Ivana

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Love Sushi and Fashion said...

It looks so delicious! Another one on the list I have to try this! <3<3

Rene, Gucci's mom said...


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Mangotatoes said...

thanks so much for the sweet comment. Wow your blog makes me so hungry! great pix. I must try this recipe!


Fash Boulevard said...

omg. i love anything pumpkin and this looks beyond amazing. i adore this. thanks, love. I hope you had a fabulous weekend. I've got a new outfit post inspired by Marilyn Monroe. Love to hear what you think. xo

Charles said...

This looks beautiful; really amazing. The photo of the slice too... with the filling oozing, wow - I'd love a slice, although it would have to be a small one, after my last week's indulgences. I've never heard of "Yellow cake mix"... I don't think I could find it here in France, but I guess I could substitute it with a normal sponge cake recipe... 6oz butter, 6oz sugar, 6oz S/R flour and 3 eggs, right?

Charles @

Sparks In Spring said...

Ohhmy, I love food and a fashionable mom even more! :) Trying out this pumpkin cake soon.

Rene, Gucci's mom said...

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Rene, Gucci's mom said...

Following! Nice to meet you! Kindly follow too =D

mwan said...

thanks for sharing look so yummy,check out my blog

Purabi Naha said...

I am so happy that I bumped into your blog today! Pumpkin cakes are very popular in blogosphere, but your's look super-delicious! You have such a gourmet menu in your blog!!

Jillian said...

That looks terrific! Now I know what I'm bringing to Thanksgiving dinner :-).

wait until the sunset said...

ooohhh that looks so good! I'm hungry just from looking at it! :)

Olivia :) x
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Fashion Meets Food said...

It is 10 o'clock in the morning and I think that I am going to run to the store right now to buy everything to make this! xo

Whitney Cosgrave said...

WOW does this ever look amazing - I think it would be dangerous to make this as I'd want to eat it all!


Roza said...

This looks delicious!

Kaleido Mind said...


Shannon said...

That looks heavenly!!!

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Morgan said...

Wow! This sounds sooo good! I love anything pumpkin. =) It looks gorgeous too.

Punctuation Mark said...

YUM! this looks so decadent!

Have a great week!

Val said...

Mercy me- incredible pics and recipe.

Lola Finn said...

OMG!!! That looks so amazing and yummi!! Want it!!! ^-^
You have such a delicious blog :) LOve it!
Thank you so much for your nice comment, dear! :)

Krystal said...

i just went for a run and am feeling all healthy but i would dive head first in to that!

Kate from Scratch said...

Woah! That's gorgeous...what layers and flavor. Amazing and no...I do not need convincing of any kind! lol. Delicious!

Indy said...

WOW - this looks amazing! Can't wait to try it!

A Heel in Mint said...

The cake looks sooo good! Drool worthy pictures. :)

Heel in Mint

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Oh my gosh! WARNING: DO NOT READ BEFORE DINNER! haha SO delicious looking! I'm so excited to be the one cooking this year at Thanksgiving ... always love entertaining! Hope your holiday is lovely! xoxo

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou
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Style Savvy Chic said...

Girl, I think I gained 20 pounds just looking at that awsome slice of cake. It is going to take everything for me to avoid this recipe. I can taste the yummy morsels right now!

I'm definitely bookmarking this blog.


Alina said... looks amazing!I bet it s delicious!

Jen @ redsolesandredwine said...

How yummy and pretty are these pictures/cake!

Red Soles and Red Wine

Anna said...

I'm actually not in to sweets almost at all but these pictures made my mouth water, the shots belong in a food magazine!!! I am on christmas duty this year and have to bring a desert for the family and this just made the list! Your recipies and photos all look and sound so delicious and amazing.

Anna xo

angiejenkins2011 said...

Stop it! Stop it! Stop it! I can't take anymore. This cake looks so good!I always love to look at your fashion features, but the food part of your blog is amazing too:-) You have so much style.

ShinyPrettyThings said...

wow this is an amazing cake!!!!! will def try. i've been really loving pecans lately. it'll be great for thanksgiving. thanks for the great recipe hun!! xx

High Heels & Good Meals! said...

O....M....G!!!! This looks so delicious!!!

Rach said...

oh my! this looks soo fabulous!

Allison Young said...

ah! your food always looks good and makes me hungry.

thanks for the lovely comments on my blog!

Stella said...

wow! it looks very delicious!

The gorgeous doll said...

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Luísa Lión said...

oh my gosh this looks so freakin delicious!! I csant believe you made this yourself :) Is this just your hobby or did you learn cooking professionally?



Meena said...

Hey Doll!!.. I chose to give you the Versatile blogger award. If you don't want it, no worries just ignore this.

you're killing me with these yummy concussions!

yiqin; said...

omg YUMMY!

Lea said...

All I can say is WOW! I LOVE, love, love your blog! I could eat everything on it! I love to cook but don't bake much. I am certainly going to be trying many of your recipes. Thx. for visiting my blog. Happy Thanksgiving!

amalie said...

OH HOLY!! this looks AMAZINGLYYY DELISH. must.try.

Jacqueline Ashley said...

Looks so tasty!


J'Adore Fashion said...

Omg! I am licking my lips looking at these...yummy! Yummy!


Hillary said...

I die for anything pumpkin, and this looks amazing! Thanks for the sweet comment!

Dawn (Sassy) said...


This looks great!



Zarna said...

oh my gosh! this looks delicious!

MIRIAM said...

Mmmmmmmmm...good! Now...I'm hungry!!! I like your blog...and I have decided to follow you! Maybe you’ll have time to visit my blog :)

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Mary said...

This is a stunner. If it tastes as good as it looks you have a real winner on your hands. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Chocolate, Cookies & Candies said...

This looks amazing! I'll have to figure out where to get canned pumpkin though because it's not a common item here in the UK

FOODESSA said...

An amazing display eyes are rolling.

I love that your sweet tooth is as sinful as mine. Well, maybe, I try to go a little easier on the sugar ;o) My hips are now grateful for my efforts. LOL

Happy Thanksgiving.
Flavourful wishes,

Maria said...

Wow! This looks INSANELY delicious!!

Maria xx

Mademoiselle Leandra said...

that looks so amazingly tasty! :D

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