Thursday 16 March 2023

Coffee, Caramel & Pecan Layer Cake - Recipe!

Mother's day is coming up and I always think cake is a fantastic way to treat that special lady in your life. This Coffee, Caramel & Pecan layer cake is made using only 10 ingredients and 5 pieces of equipment. You'll whip up this incredible coffee layer cake, sandwiched with creamy smooth coffee buttercream and caramel, all topped with crunchy pecans in no time!

Coffee, Caramel & Pecan Layer Cake

This recipe makes one 3 layer 6” cake or one 2 layer 8” cake.


370g of unsalted butter, softened, split into 250g and 120g.
400g of caster sugar split into 250g and 150g.
4 eggs.
250g of self raising flour.
1 teaspoon of baking powder
fresh espressos (120ml) or 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of instant coffee dissolved in tbsp of boiling water.
150g of pecans, roughly chopped and extra for decorating.
150ml double cream.
1 teaspoon of salt.
500g icing sugar.

3 x 6” cake tins or 2 x 8” cake tins, lined.
A mixing bowl.
A wooden spoon.
A knife.
A saucepan.


Preheat your oven to 160°C (fan) and line your cake tins with baking parchment.

To make the sponge, cream together 250g of the butter and 250g of the caster sugar then add the eggs and mix until combined.

Add in the flour and baking powder, followed by two of the espressos, and mix until no lumps remain.

Gently stir in the roughly chopped pecans and divide the batter evenly between the two or three cake tins, depending on how many you’re using. Use the back of the wooden spoon to level.

Bake the sponges for 20-25 minutes until golden and springy to touch and allow to cool completely. If they aren’t springy, put back into the oven and check again after 5 minutes.

Whilst the sponges are cooling, make your caramel by heating the remaining 150g of caster sugar and water together in a saucepan over a medium-high heat until boiling, without stirring – the sugar will naturally dissolve. Try not to agitate the caramel as it cooks and only swirl if necessary, do not stir with a spoon.

Once the caramel has become amber in colour (around 5 minutes) and the bubbles are small, pour in the double cream, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon as you do so. It will bubble up and create a lot of steam, so be cautious. Once combined, stir in the salt and transfer the caramel to a bowl to cool.

Once the caramel is cool rinse the mixing bowl and spoon to make your buttercream. Combine the remaining 120g butter, icing sugar, final espresso in the bowl and cream together until smooth.

Save 60g caramel for the drip, then assemble your cake by sandwiching each layer with the buttercream and a spoonful of caramel spread on top before lightly coating the top and sides with the remaining buttercream to achieve a naked cake effect, scraping off any excess with the knife. If your remaining caramel has thickened up, pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds before pouring on top of the cake and teasing down the sides to create drips using the tip of your knife.

Sprinkle some roughly chopped and whole pecans around the top edge and serve. 

This recipe is from the Easy Peasy Baking campaign, launched by UK Flour Millers, making baking simple. You can find more Easy Peasy Baking recipes and information on the campaign over on the Fab Flour website.


  1. This sounds absolutely delicious! I may want to make this cake someday.

  2. This cake sounds delicious. I love the coffee, caramel and pecan combo.