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Southern Pecan Praline Poke Cake – Get ready to experience pure dessert bliss with our Southern Pecan Praline Poke Cake! This delightful treat combines the rich flavors of butter pecan cake, creamy coconut pecan frosting, and a luscious pecan praline topping. Each bite is an explosion of sweet, nutty goodness that will transport your taste buds to the heart of the South. Discover why this cake has become a beloved classic, perfect for any occasion or simply to satisfy your sweet cravings.

Picture this: it’s a warm Sunday afternoon, and the tantalizing aroma of freshly baked Southern Pecan Praline Poke Cake fills our cozy kitchen. The memories flood back as I remember the first time I made this cake for my little family. My husband’s eyes widened with excitement as I sliced into the cake, revealing its moist, pecan-speckled layers. The first bite was pure magic—a symphony of flavors and textures that left us speechless. From that moment on, this cake became a symbol of love, joy, and togetherness in our household. It’s a dessert that never fails to put smiles on our faces and create cherished moments around the table.


For the Cake:

1 box 15.25 oz. butter pecan cake mix
1 tub 15 oz. coconut pecan frosting
4 large eggs
¾ cup vegetable or coconut oil
1 cup water
½ cup roasted pecans chopped

For the Cake Topping:

1 can 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup roasted pecans chopped

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and generously spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick baking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter pecan cake mix, coconut pecan frosting, eggs, oil, and water. Use a handheld or stand mixer to thoroughly mix all the ingredients until well combined. Add the chopped pecans and mix again.
Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, ensuring it spreads evenly.
Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 40 minutes or until the top turns a beautiful golden brown and the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the dish. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of the cake—it should come out clean.
Allow the cake to cool on a wire cooling rack, giving it time to settle and develop its flavors.
Pecan Praline Topping Instructions:
In a small saucepan, combine the unsalted butter and sweetened condensed milk. Stir continuously over medium heat until the butter melts and the mixture is well blended.
Add the chopped pecans to the saucepan and mix well, ensuring that the pecans are evenly distributed in the praline mixture.
Once the cake has completely cooled, use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke several holes all over the surface of the cake. This will allow the praline topping to seep into the cake, infusing it with even more flavor.
Pour the pecan praline mixture over the cake, making sure it fills the holes and covers the entire surface.
Slice, serve, and prepare yourself for a slice of Southern heaven!

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