The Best Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Cake (video)

caramel pecan pumpkin cake recipe

It’s officially pumpkin season and I have just the fall dessert recipe for you! This stunning caramel pecan pumpkin cake recipe is loaded with the most incredible fall flavors! It’s made with home-made caramel sauce, salted caramel buttercream and delicate spiced pumpkin cake layers. You’ll love every single bite of this extravagant fall dessert! It’s the perfect Thanksgiving dessert recipe!

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Ingredients for Pumpkin Caramel Cake

Here are the main ingredients you’ll need for this cake recipe:

  • Pumpkin Puree: canned pumpkin puree is the best and easiest choice for this recipe.
  • Oil, Eggs, Flour: for making the cake layers.
  • Dulce de Leche: this thick caramel is actually cooked, sweetened condensed milk.
  • Cinnamon & Nutmeg: for flavoring the cake batter.
  • Butter: for baking the caramel buttercream.
  • Sugar: for my homemade caramel sauce

The Pumpkin Cake Layers!

This pumpkin cake recipe is all about the pumpkin! If you love spiced pumpkin lattes, you’re going to love the flavor in this cake. The cake layers are made with pumpkin puree and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, lending a warming flavor to the layers. The pumpkin puree makes the cake layers super moist and delicate, not heavy at all!

caramel pecan pumpkin cake recipe slice

Caramel Buttercream Frosting

Another reason why I love this pumpkin cake – the caramel! I use my all-time favorite frosting – salted caramel buttercream. This buttercream is simply amazing! I’ve used in so many recipes and it perfectly complements the pumpkin cake layers. The slightly salty flavor with the sweetness tastes amazing. Watch my video recipe here for step-by-step instructions and to get the recipe: https://tatyanaseverydayfood.com/recipe-items/salted-caramel-frosting/

Make Your Own Caramel!

I also use my home-made caramel sauce with an added touch of salt. This caramel sauce is so good, you’ll never want to buy premade caramel again! And, it’s super easy to make! You can even make the caramel sauce the day before and have it ready to use for this recipe. Use the extra sauce for your morning pumpkin spice latte! Get the recipe here: https://tatyanaseverydayfood.com/recipe-items/caramel-sauce/

Making Your Own Pumpkin Puree

I prefer to use store-bought pumpkin puree but you can also make your own at home. Just cut a pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds. Place the halves onto a baking sheet and wrap tightly with foil. Bake the pumpkin at 375F for 45 mins to an hour, until the flesh is fork tender. Scoop out the baked pumpkin flesh into a food processor and puree until the mixture is smooth. Voila, all done!

pumpkin cake recipe with caramel and pecans

Assembling the Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Cake

Once you have the pumpkin cake layers baked and cooled and you have the caramel buttercream ready, it’s time to assemble the cake. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. First, spread a generous amount of buttercream on to the layer, then pipe a barrier ring around the edge of the layer. This will help keep the caramel sauce inside.
  2. Add about 3 to 4 tablespoons of caramel sauce into the center, then top with a handful of pecans. Add the next layer and repeat the process.
  3. Frost the top and sides of the cake and level off with a spatula; watch my video recipe for step-by-step tutorial. Before garnishing the top, allow the cake to set in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Garnish the top with dollops of cream, more pecans, and chocolate squares. Drizzle the caramel down the sides of the cake for a finishing touch.

More Recipes!

Enjoyed this incredible pumpkin cake recipe? Check out some of my other recipes you’re going to love!

  • Caramel Banana Banoffee Cake – the best ever banana cake with pecan cake layers, caramel sauce and cream cheese frosting!
  • Golden Key Caramel Cake – the best Russian caramel cake with dulce de leche, sweetened condensed milk, pecans and whipped cream frosting!
  • No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake – light and fluffy, no-bake pumpkin cheesecake topped with spiced whipped cream and caramel!
  • Pumpkin Donuts – my all-time favorite donuts! These cinnamon-sugar coated pumpkin donuts are amazing!
  • Cheesecake Pumpkin Roulade – fluffy pumpkin cake roll with a cream cheese and whipped cream filling!

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Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Cake recipe with video

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The Best Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Cake Recipe (video)

1 hr 45 mins prep + 28 mins cook
16 servings
The best pumpkin cake recipe, with caramel filling, pecans and caramel buttercream!

Ingredients 

For Pumpkin Cake:

  • 3/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 15 oz pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

For Salted Caramel Buttercream:

  • 2 cups unsalted butter
  • 14 oz can dulce de leche
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt, adjust to taste
  • 3 cup confectioner's sugar

For Homemade Caramel Sauce:

  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup cream, at room temp
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For Garnish:

  • caramel chocolates, for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F and prepare 3, 8-inch round cake pans by spraying the sides with a baking spray and lining the bottoms with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla for 2 to 3 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Add in the pumpkin puree and whisk again until a uniform mixture forms. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Sift the dry ingredients into the batter, then whisk just until well incorporated.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the three pans and use an offset spatula to level the batter. Bake in the preheated oven for 26 to 28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Once done baking, allow the cake layers to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the caramel sauce and salted caramel buttercream. Allow the caramel sauce to cool before using in the cake; this can also be prepared the day before. Transfer about 2 cups of the buttercream into a large pastry bag tipped with a star tip; I used Ateco tip #847.
  • Once cake layers have cooled, assemble the cake. First, spread a generous amount of buttercream on to the layer, then pipe a barrier ring around the edge of the layer. This will help keep the caramel sauce inside. Add about 3 to 4 tablespoons of caramel sauce into the center, then top with a handful of pecans. Add the next layer and repeat the process.
  • Frost the top and sides of the cake and level off with a spatula; watch my video recipe for step-by-step tutorial. Before garnishing the top, allow the cake to set in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Garnish the top with dollops of cream, more pecans, and chocolate squares. Drizzle the caramel down the sides of the cake for a finishing touch.
  • Keep cake refrigerated if not serving within a day. Remove the cake from the fridge at least an hour before serving to allow the layers to soften.

For Caramel Buttercream:

  • Place softened, unsalted butter into mixing bowl. Whisk on high speed for about 5 minutes, until butter is light and fluffy. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl often to get all the butter mixed well.
  • Add the dulce de leche (cooked sweetened condensed milk). If you cannot find dulce de leche, use a similar caramel sauce. If necessary, increase the amount of confectioner's sugar to thicken the frosting.
  • Add the vanilla and salt. Start by adding 1/4 teaspoon salt, then add more if needed. Begin adding the confectioner's sugar 1 cup at a time, scraping down sides of mixing bowl often to get everything incorporated. Make sure to sift confectioner's sugar before adding to avoid any clumps. After adding all sugar, whisk on high speed for 2 to 3 minutes to get frosting very fluffy.

For Homemade Caramel Sauce:

  • In a medium-sized sauce pan, combine the sugar and water but do not stir. Cook the sugar over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, until the sugar caramelizes into a rich, amber color. Do not stir the syrup while cooking, as this will cause crystals to form on the sides of the pan! The timing can also vary, depending on saucepan and stove top.
  • Once the syrup caramelizes, add the butter and whisk until melted. Add the heavy cream next and mix again; the sauce will foam up – take care that it doesn't run over.
  • Remove the sauce from heat and add the salt and vanilla extract. Allow the sauce to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then pour into a glass mason jar for keeping. Keep the sauce at room temperature for up to 1 week, or refrigerate for a thicker caramel.
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Nutrition

Calories: 687kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 5108IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 2mg