Butter Pecan Crunch Cake

I’ve had a Butter Pecan cake mix in my pantry for a while now, just waiting for the perfect inspiration.  I originally thought to make a bar cookie with it, but decided a snack cake/coffee cake type dessert sounded better.

I need to do a bit more testing on this recipe.  The crumb topping needs more butter and I’d like to work on the cake batter a bit too.  But, this tasted wonderful, so it’s worth testing.  The cake has a sweet, nutty flavor and is topped with buttery crumbs that also have a bit of crunch from the nuts and toffee chips.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Butter Pecan cake mix
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 -4 Tbs. cold butter *see note*
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts
  • 1 cup toffee chips

Measure 1 cup of cake mix and put it in a bowl.  Set it aside for later.

Beat the remaining cake mix, melted butter, milk and egg with an electric mixer till well combined.  Pour into a greased 9×13 pan.

Cut the cold butter into 1 cup of dry cake mix with a pastry blender or fork to make crumbs.  Stir in toffee chips and nuts.  Sprinkle on top of the batter.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

*I used 2 Tbs. of butter for the crumb topping, but I think it needed more butter.  If you experiment with more, let me know how it works.

This recipe is linked to Tasty Traditions at Coupon’ Cookin’.

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  1. I am going to make this tonight. I am using Heath chocolate toffee bits because I couldn’t find the other type. I’ll probably go with the full 4 tbsp of butter for the topping. I’ll let ya know how it goes. 🙂

  2. This turned out GREAT. I used the full 4 tbsp of butter in the topping, and the Heath chocolate toffee chips like I mentioned earlier. I used 2 8×8 pans, since my 9×13 had dinner in it. I also drizzled about 2tbsp of melted butter over the top of each cake before baking. It was super yummy and everyone liked it. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. Tiffany,

    Your recipes amaze me! This one’s a keeper! Thanks for sharing and supporting.

  4. Melba Toast says:

    I had planned on making this midweek, but my brother stopped by and, being that it was his birthday, I made it this afternoon. I used about 4 Tablespoons of butter for the crunch crumble and it worked out great. Only one problem – my brother doesn’t eat ANYTHING “desserty” if it doesn’t contain chocolate, so I was sort of hesitant when I served it. Luckily I had Death by Chocolate ice cream to serve with it. With a double scoop plopped next to it he said it was “really, really good”. So bravo, Tiffany!

  5. I thought I had toffee pieces but I didn’t so I added 1 chopped apple to the batter and used the cake mix, butter and walnut pieces on top. It turned out great!

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