I know what you’re thinking… “How can I possibly make this Pecan Upside-Down Bundt Cake from scratch? It looks so fancy, and it’s like a cake and pecan pie all in one!”

Well, two of those points are true. It does look fancy, and it is like a cake and pecan pie all in one, but you can make it. I’ll even let you in on a little secret, it’s made using a boxed cake mix so half the work is already done for you!

The moist, not-too-sweet cake base pairs perfectly with the crunchy, nutty, pecan pie filling-like topping to create a match made in heaven. Not to mention, the flip!


For the Pecan Topping:

  • ½ cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup of corn syrup
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ tsp salt

For the Cake Batter:

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix (I used Betty Crocker Super Moist Vanilla)
  • ½ cup of vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 cup of water


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Spray 10 inch bundt pan liberally with non-stick cooking spray, and set aside for later

Pecan Topping

  • In a medium bowl, using a hand-held mixer or whisk, combine melted butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Continue mixing until the brown sugar has almost dissolved completely
  • Add pecans to brown sugar mixture and mix until fully combined
  • Pour mixture into prepared bundt pan and use a spatula to spread into one even layer. Set aside

Cake Batter

In a large bowl, using a hand-held mixer or whisk, combine cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, water, and sour cream. Mix together until no lumps remain
Pour cake batter over top of the pecan topping. Use a spatula to make sure the batter is spread out evenly and completely covers the pecan topping
Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester stick inserted comes out clean
After the cake is finished baking, remove bundt pan from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool for 10 minutes. Do not attempt to flip the pan before this!
Once 10 minutes have passed, place a large plate over the top of the bundt pan to invert the cake onto the plate. I like to bang the top of the pan a few times before I lift it up to make sure those loose pecans unstick from the pan
Slice and serve warm with your favorite ice cream, or allow the cake to cool and serve at room temperature

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