Delicious Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake Recipe

Hey there coffee lovers! Are you looking for a new and exciting recipe to add to your breakfast or brunch menu? Look no further than this 1-Dish Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake recipe! Trust me, this recipe is an absolute game-changer that will awaken your taste buds with every bite.

Aside from tasting absolutely incredible, one of the best things about this recipe is how simple and hassle-free it is. With just one dish required, you can say goodbye to the stress and mess that usually comes with baking.

So why not treat yourself or your loved ones to a delicious, warm slice of caramel pecan goodness? Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply treating yourself on a lazy Sunday morning, this coffee cake is perfect for any occasion. So grab your apron and let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

1-Dish Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake
1-Dish Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake

Do you love waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee and a delicious homemade breakfast? Look no further than this one-dish caramel pecan coffee cake recipe. Trust me when I say, you’ll want to make this every morning!

This recipe is perfect for those who want to create a buttery moist coffee cake without the hassle. The pecans in this recipe give it a crunchy texture that complements the creamy softness of each bite. The brown sugar and cinnamon provide just the right amount of sweetness that is sure to satisfy your taste buds.

What’s more, this recipe is suitable for both experienced and inexperienced bakers. Made with easy-to-find ingredients and simple steps, there’s no prior knowledge required to whip up this scrumptious coffee cake.

Not only is this recipe easy to make, but also versatile. You can easily substitute any ingredients that you prefer or add different variations such as chocolate chips, raisins, or even diced apples.

The best part? This recipe only requires one dish! That’s right, less washing up means more time for you to enjoy your breakfast while savoring every bite and sipping on a warm cup of fresh pecan coffee.

So whether you’re hosting a brunch or looking for the perfect holiday breakfast, this salted caramel pecan coffee cake is guaranteed to impress your guests and become a new household favorite.

Ingredient List

 Dive into this heavenly caramel pecan coffee cake!
Dive into this heavenly caramel pecan coffee cake!

Ingredients for the Cake:

  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 2 ¼ tsp. of fast-rising yeast
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. of sugar
  • ½ tsp. of salt
  • 4 Tbsp. of unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs

Ingredients for the Pecan Streusel:

  • 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. of cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. of salt
  • 1 cup of chopped pecans, divided
  • 8 Tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Ingredients for the Caramel Sauce and Topping:

  • 1 cup Karo light corn syrup or dark corn syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Salt (optional)

The Recipe How-To

 Perfect for brunch, this coffee cake is a crowd pleaser.
Perfect for brunch, this coffee cake is a crowd pleaser.

Now that we have covered the ingredients list, let’s proceed to the recipe how-to. This 1-dish caramel pecan coffee cake recipe is so easy to make and will surely impress your guests. In this section, I will guide you through the entire process.

Step 1: Make the Dough

In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 teaspoons fast-rising yeast, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix well.

In another small mixing bowl, dissolve 1/4 cup brown sugar into 1/2 cup warm water.

Then, pour the brown sugar mixture into the flour mixture and mix well.

Add in 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and cut into small pieces. Mix until the dough becomes smooth.

Step 2: Prepare Pecan Streusel

Mix together 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 3/4 cups brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small mixing bowl.

Add in 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) melted butter and stir until it forms a crumbly mixture.

Mix in 1 cup chopped pecans, set aside.

Step 3: Assemble and Bake

Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray then spread half of the pecan streusel mixture at the bottom of the dish.

Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface to fit inside the baking dish. Place it on top of the streusel layer then top with remaining streusel mixture.

Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 30-45 minutes, or until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

Uncover the plastic wrap then bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.

There you go! Your 1-dish caramel pecan coffee cake is ready to be enjoyed. Serve it alongside your favorite cup of coffee for the perfect combination of sweetness and boldness.

Substitutions and Variations

 It's like a dessert and a breakfast all in one!
It’s like a dessert and a breakfast all in one!

Hey folks, it’s not uncommon for all of us to have a little bit of skepticism when trying out something new. This recipe might sound like it has a lot going on, but don’t let that stop you from giving it a shot. If you’re looking to change things up a bit and experiment with different variations, I’ve got your back.

Now, let’s talk about substitutions and variations. Firstly, if you’re not into pecans or just can’t seem to find them anywhere, feel free to swap them out for another type of nut like almonds or hazelnuts. You could also try using chopped walnuts instead.

For vegans, I know that some of the ingredients may not align with your dietary restrictions. But fret not, you can still make this recipe delicious by using plant-based butter and opting for egg substitutes like flax or chia seeds.

Another variation that I highly recommend is adding some cinnamon to the streusel mixture or sprinkling some cinnamon sugar on top of the cake before baking. The warmth and spice from the cinnamon will perfectly complement the sweetness of the caramel and pecans.

If you want to take this cake to another level, how about adding some sliced apples to the bottom of the pan before pouring in the batter? You’ll get yourself a delicious caramel apple pecan coffee cake that’s perfect for fall baking.

Finally, if you really want to impress your guests or family members during the holidays, consider making a salted caramel version by drizzling some salted caramel sauce over the top of the cake once it’s baked.

So, there you have it folks. These are just a few simple substitutions and variations that can take this already amazing recipe over the top!

Serving and Pairing

 You won't want to share this delicious treat.
You won’t want to share this delicious treat.

You’ve nailed it with this delicious caramel pecan coffee cake recipe! But now that it’s time to serve and enjoy, you might be wondering what to pair with it. Fear not my friends, because I have some suggestions that will take your coffee cake experience to the next level.

Firstly, the warm and buttery moist texture of this pecan coffee cake make it a perfect accompaniment for a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea in the morning. But if you’re feeling fancy and looking for something more indulgent, why not pair it with a creamy cappuccino or latte topped with some homemade caramel sauce?

For those who like a bit of saltiness to cut through the sweetness, try serving the cake with some crisp bacon or a side of smoked salmon. It might sound like an odd combination, but trust me, the flavors work together beautifully.

If you’re hosting a brunch or breakfast gathering with friends and family, this perfect holiday breakfast will be sure to impress. Simply add some fresh fruit on the side and a glass of orange juice for an indulgent yet balanced meal.

In addition to serving suggestions, you can also experiment by adding different flavors to the recipe. Swap out some of the pecans for chopped walnuts or almonds, or even mix in some chocolate chips for a sinfully delicious treat.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to this mouth-watering coffee cake recipe. So go ahead and serve it up with something that complements its rich and cinnamon-y flavors – trust me, your taste buds will thank you for it!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This cake is made for coffee lovers and sweet tooths alike.
This cake is made for coffee lovers and sweet tooths alike.

Now, let me give you some insights on how to make this delicious caramel pecan coffee cake ahead of time, store it properly, and reheat it for maximum flavor.

If you want to make this coffee cake ahead of time, I suggest following these simple steps. You can bake the cake a day or two before serving and store it in the refrigerator wrapped in plastic to keep it fresh. Alternatively, you can store the unbaked dough in the refrigerator, and then continue to follow the recipe later.

When reheating leftovers or when serving chilled pieces, I would recommend microwaving individual slices for 10-15 seconds on high power. This will help to soften/crisp up the crumb and get them nice and warm again.

If you have a large group coming over or are planning a big breakfast spread for the holidays, then you can easily double the recipe to make more coffee cake. I suggest following this approach if you’re making this dish ahead of time – just make sure that all ingredients are properly mixed and then refrigerate after covering tightly with foil or plastic wrap.

Storing your caramel pecan coffee cake is easy! This dessert should be stored covered in a sealed container in order to keep it fresh. If storing for more than a few days in advance of serving, consider storing it in a freezer-safe container.

Overall, it is best not to freeze fully cooked cakes because they can become too dry when reheated later. However, freezing batter is acceptable – just mix everything together except for the pecan streusel first! When ready to serve your frozen batter, just add the pecan streusel mixture on top right before baking.

Remember – this dessert tastes best warm and straight out of the oven. Enjoy!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A fluffy and moist cake topped with gooey caramel and crunchy pecans.
A fluffy and moist cake topped with gooey caramel and crunchy pecans.

Now that you have got all the ingredients, it’s time to get baking! However, before you start on this delicious journey preparing your 1-Dish Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake Recipe, I have some tips to ensure perfect results every time.

Tip #1: Use Room Temperature Ingredients

Make sure to use room temperature eggs and butter. When the ingredients are at room temperature, they combine better with other ingredients. This makes a smooth batter that bakes evenly.

Tip #2: Measure Accurately

Measure the ingredients accurately using measuring cups and spoons. Too much or too little of any ingredient can spoil the entire recipe. Follow the recipe precisely.

Tip #3: Keep an Eye on The Time & Temperature

Pay attention to the baking time and temperature suggested in the recipe. It is important because if underbaked, the cake may be soggy, and if it is overbaked, it will be dry.

Tip #4: Use Fresh Yeast

If using yeast in the recipe make sure it’s fresh as old yeast may hinder with dough rising process

Tip #5: Arrange Pecans Uniformly

While spreading the pecans inside the dish, try to arrange them uniformly so that every slice of cake has a balanced amount of pecans.

Tip #6: Let Your Cake Cool Down

Allow your cake to cool in its baking dish for at least 10 minutes before serving as it will allow to set up properly and won’t melt if served too soon.

Follow these simple tips so you can end up having a buttery moist caramel pecan coffee cake perfect for your holiday breakfasts or any time dessert cravings.

Bottom Line

You don’t have to be a professional baker to be able to make delicious treats at home. This 1-dish caramel pecan coffee cake recipe is the perfect place to start. The warm, buttery, moist cake with its sugar-coated pecans and caramel drizzle is sure to impress everyone who tries it. And with easy-to-find ingredients and a simple step-by-step process, there’s no excuse not to try it for yourself.

This coffee cake is perfect for the holidays or any special occasion. It’s also a great breakfast option for those slow mornings when you want something sweet and indulgent to go with your cup of coffee. Instead of heading out to your local bakery, you can make this cake at home and enjoy the comforting aroma of cinnamon and sugar wafting through your kitchen.

So, next time you’re craving something sweet or need a dish to serve at a gathering, remember this caramel pecan coffee cake recipe. With just one dish, a few simple ingredients, and some baking know-how, you can create a dessert that will have your friends and family begging for the recipe.

1-Dish Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake

1-Dish Caramel Pecan Coffee Cake Recipe

Love pecans, so couldn't resist this one. Found in a magazine.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 518.7 kcal



  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 (4 ounce) envelopes fast rising yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Caramel Pecan Topping

  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

cinnamon sugar topping

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Mix batter ingredients in a pre-sprayed 9 1/2 inch deep dish pie plate. Stir together corn syrup, brown sugar and butter in a small bowl. Add pecans and mix well. Combine sugar topping ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Top batter evenly with cinnamon sugar topping. Spoon the caramel pecan topping evenly over the batter.
  • Bake by placing in a cold oven; set temperature to 350 degrees. Bake 25 minutes, until lightly browned and firm in center. Cool slightly; serve warm.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 123gCalories: 518.7kcalCarbohydrates: 81.3gProtein: 19.2gFat: 16.3gSaturated Fat: 5.7gCholesterol: 20.4mgSodium: 273.8mgFiber: 10gSugar: 29.3g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, Easy, Healthy
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