Butter Pecan Praline Poke Cake – Semi-Homemade

There are several things I always look forward to when going out-of-town to visit my parents.
butter pecan praline poke cake
  1. A magazine read-a-thon with my mom’s Southern Livings and Better Homes and Gardens (since I decided to go subscription-free a few years ago).
  2. Dad’s breakfasts
  3. Mom’s dinners
  4. Chick-a-Dilly Chicken (now called Southern Classic; a South Arkansas staple)
  5. Spudnuts (also a South Arkansas staple)
  6. The way my dad always hints around for me to bake something “sweet” (as though we haven’t already eaten our weight in home cooking, fried chicken, and Spudnuts)

Umm…if it seems like our visits center around eating, it’s because they do.

butter pecan praline poke cake


On my last visit when Dad hinted around for something sweet, I knew just what I wanted to make. I had seen a pin for Southern Butter Pecan Cake by The Country Cook on Pinterest. (If you have not checked out The Country Cook’s blog, do it today!) Although I have adapted her recipe a bit, I owe her much thanks for the inspiration for this delicious poke cake.

Butter Pecan Praline Poke Cake

For Cake Batter:
1 box butter pecan cake mix
1 tub (16 oz) of coconut pecan frosting
4 eggs
3/4 cup oil
1 cup water
1/2 cup chopped pecans
For Butter Pecan Sauce:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 can condensed milk

1/4 cup chopped pecans(I wanted to add about 1/3 cup fresh shredded coconut over the butter pecan sauce, but Mom and Dad didn’t have any on hand. Next time, for sure.)

butter pecan praline poke cake

This butter pecan praline poke cake is ridiculously easy. I preheated the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, I dumped my cake mix and the tub of coconut pecan. Yes, this seems weird. But this ingredient right here made the cake. I also added the eggs, the oil, and the water.

butter pecan praline poke cake

I mixed the batter until well blended before adding 1/2 cup chopped pecans.

butter pecan praline poke cake

I poured the batter into a greased 9 x 11 inch baking pan.

butter pecan praline poke cake

The cake baked for about 40 minutes, though I began checking it frequently after the 30 minute mark since ovens can vary greatly in temperature and I was using my parents’ oven so I wanted to be cautious. When I pulled it out, the center did not jiggle, a toothpick came out clean, and the sides had pulled away from the edge of the pan a bit.

Next, I used a medium heavy saucepan to prepare the butter pecan sauce. I melted four tablespoons of butter before adding the can of condensed milk. Once they were stirred together, I let the pan simmer on medium heat until the mixture looked consistent and heated.

butter pecan praline poke cake

Next, I added 1/4 cup of pecans and stirred it all together.

Don’t worry. I promise I did go back and clean up the splattered mess I made of my mom’s stove.

butter pecan praline poke cake

Moving quickly, I poked holes in the hot cake. Then, I poured the butter sauce over the cake.

butter pecan praline poke cake

The sauce glazed over the cake, over the sides and down into the little holes. It was a marvelous thing. I reserved just a little to pour over individual slices for an added kick.

butter pecan praline poke cake
Once cooled, it was ready to be served.

This butter pecan praline poke cake, in all its rich glory, certainly satisfied my dad’s sweet tooth – or his whole set of sweet teeth, as we like to joke!

If this dessert doesn’t take care of your pecan praline hankering, try out one of my most popular recipes – no-bake coconut pecan praline cookies.

butter pecan praline poke cake


butter pecan praline poke cake


butter pecan praline poke cake

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  1. Sadia says:

    In my family, feeding each other is how we show love. Sounds like you guys (yeah, not a native Texas, although one of my 9-year-old twins says "Y'all") are the same way. Sadly, both my girls detest pralines, but maybe I can try my hand at this recipe for the next potluck I attend.

    Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday!

  2. The Gifted Gabber says:

    Whitney…No doubt, you could totally scrape the pecans off the top OR just leave part of the top of the cake without them.
    Chick-A-Dilly Chicken. Oh, man. Let's put it this way – any time we go down to visit, my parents know that Chick-A-Dilly will happen. Several years ago, they stopped even asking us if we wanted Chick-A-Dilly. They now just plan to have it for one of our meals. No discussion necessary. 🙂

  3. The Gifted Gabber says:

    Sarah, I would think anyone who loves pralines would love this. Also, you should try the no-bake coconut pecan pralines that I linked here on this post, too, if she really loves pralines!

  4. Whitney says:

    This looks delicious. I love pecan pie, but I don't like pecans. I wonder if I could just scrape mine to the side 😉 But…..tell me more about this chick a dilly chicken?!?!?

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