- 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).
- Dad’s breakfasts
- Mom’s dinners
- Chick-a-Dilly Chicken (now called Southern Classic; a South Arkansas staple)
- Spudnuts (also a South Arkansas staple)
- 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)
Butter Pecan Praline Poke Cake
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.)
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.
I mixed the batter until well blended before adding 1/2 cup chopped pecans.
I poured the batter into a greased 9 x 11 inch baking pan.
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.
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.
Moving quickly, I poked holes in the hot cake. Then, I poured the butter sauce over the 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.
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.
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