This Pecan Upside Down Cake Recipe is a delicious cake served for breakfast, lunch, or dinner–best with your favorite ice cream on top!

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Friends, enjoy a cozy Pecan Upside Down Cake Recipe served with your favorite ice cream on top!

Pecan Upside Down Cake Recipe

Or, better yet …. it’s like a coffee cake, so you can serve it for breakfast! You may also want to try my Best Pear Coffee Cake recipe!

  • Pecans
  • Butter
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Maple syrup
  • Flour + sugar
  • Baking powder + baking soda + salt
  • Buttermilk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)
  • Ingredients for pecan upside down cake

snowy day in central oregon

Welcome to our snowy home! Would you like to come to dinner on our back patio?

We have loved the snow here in central Oregon. I was mentioning to a friend the other day how much slower our life feels. Especially in the snow. You just move slower, think about your steps, you drive slow, life just slows down.

Which I love.

Especially during the holidays.

I found this quote:

Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going
too fast–you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. –Eddie Cantor

My shopping is done. We do fewer gifts each year, and entertain more.

For me, the holidays are not really about gifts, but more about experiences, being with people, celebrating the reason for the season.

The sense of where we are going, and why … we are aging, slowing down, every moment counts. Our thoughts, actions, prayers, how we spend our money and time.

So much about life is slowing down and being purposeful with what we’ve been given.

out of the oven pecan Upside Down Cake Recipe

Upside Down Cake 

So at Christmas, whipping up a yummy dessert.

Serving it with Oregon ice cream (yes, Tillamook is from Oregon, and I live in Oregon). Have you tried their Pumpkin Cookie Butter flavor? Oh, so good!

I love my cast iron Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Shallow Fry Pan, which is perfect for an upside down cake. And it comes in so many beautiful colors! [affiliate link]

ingredients for Pecan Upside Down Cake Recipe

Whip it up on the stove, pour on the batter.

Bake, flip over, and serve.

With your favorite ice cream, that is.

Pecan Upside Down Cake Recipe with ice cream

More upside down cake recipes:

Pear Upside Down Cake

Strawberry Coconut White Chocolate Upside Down Cake

Salted Caramel Apple Cake (watch the video!)

Pecan Upside Down Cake Recipe
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Pecan Upside Down Cake Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 6
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  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • ½ cup butter, cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ cup whole buttermilk
  • 6 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional for serving


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Spray a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Add pecans, 1/2 cup butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, and salt. Cook over medium heat until butter melts and sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. In another medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, melted (6 Tbsp) butter, vanilla, and eggs. Add to flour mixture, stirring until smooth. Gently spoon batter over pecan mixture in skillet. (Do not stir.)
  • Bake until golden brown, and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven. Let stand in pan 10 minutes. Place a flat serving plate over cake; carefully invert cake onto plate. Spoon any remaining pecan mixture in skillet over cake.
  • Serve with ice cream, if desired.
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Pecan Upside Down Cake with ice cream