The Best Chocolate Pecan Cake Recipe

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Chocolate Pecan Cake Recipe
Chocolate Pecan Cake Recipe

 How to Make


Cooking Method: Bake
Category: Dessert
Level: Medium
Preparation time: 35 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes


For the Cake

  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsps. (2¼ sticks) butter, plus extra for the pan
  • ½ cup plus 2 Tbsps. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1⅓ cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 7 Tbsps. buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 1⅓ cups raisins
  • ¾ cup pecans, plus a handful extra as garnish (briefly toast all the nuts in a dry skillet)


For the Glaze

  • 3 Tbsps. butter
  • ½ cup milk or cream
  • 5½ oz. dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • pinch of salt



  1. Make the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 C). Thoroughly grease a 1½-quart (or 1½-liter) loaf pan and line the bottom with a piece of parchment paper cut to fit. If you leave the short ends a little longer they will fold upward like two handles, making it easy to remove your cake later. Grease the parchment paper as well.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the cocoa powder and ½ cup (125 ml) water until you have a smooth sauce. Remove the pan from the heat.
  3. In a bowl, beat together the brown sugar, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt over another bowl. Spoon the flour mixture into the cocoa-butter mixture and stir until there aren’t any lumps left.
  5. Stir in the egg-buttermilk mixture and fold in the dried fruits and the nuts.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Let the cake cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove from the pan and place the cake on a rack to further cool off.
  8. Meanwhile, make the glaze: Melt the butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Then stir in the milk. When the milk is just about to boil, lower the heat. Add the chocolate and allow it to slowly melt without stirring. Wait about 7 minutes, when all chocolate has melted, before gently stirring the glaze. Stir in the salt.
  9. Spoon the glaze over the cake. Allow to solidify, and, as a final touch, press some extra pecans into the glaze to make your cake look even better.



This recipe is from Fox New Magazine

30 Responses

  1. This is delicious ans so easy!! Wow i love chocolate, so i definitely try it 🙂

  2. This looks OH-so delicious. I would have never guessed that there were raisins in there. I wonder if I could substitute chocolate chips for the raisins?!

  3. They look so yum! I am a huge lover of anything chocolate so these will be perfect for me to try! Nikki x

  4. That looks delicious!!! I love all things chocolate.


  5. Oh my yum! Saving this recipe to try but gluten free I love all things pecan. Thanks for the yummy inspiration

  6. This looks absolutely delicious! So decadent!
    xo Jessica

  7. stylishtravlr

    sounds very delicious ! and looks amazing as well! adding to my list 🙂

  8. WHOA! Way to my heart is with this cake!! Looks divine!

  9. Beth Shankle Anderson

    Chocolate and pecans are two of my favorite dessert ingredients so this dish is definitely for me! Wow! I love it!

    Beth ||

  10. Wow, this look so rich and decadent!. I’ve recently become a fan of the chocolate and nut tag team and this looks like its easy to make. I’ll have to try it!

  11. This looks divine. I would love to try this recipe.

  12. Thank you for the recipe! I am absolutely NUTTY about pecans and chocolate so this cake is perfect for me!

  13. This looks so delicious. I am gonna give this a try.

  14. My goodness! This looks so good. I wish I could eat sweets.

  15. Milica Momcilovic

    This cake look so delicious! I love pecans and I’m sure I would love this cake!

  16. I love how dense and rich it looks – it’s like a cake shaped brownie. Delicious 🙂

  17. This looks so yummy!! I’ll have to make this soon!

  18. I’m not a big chocolate girl, but if I could take out the pecans due to allergies, I would probably enjoy eating it! I chuckled a bit reading this because my mother is a huge pecan addict and often gets our cousins to bring them from the South when they are visiting.

  19. This looks so delicious I kind of want to stick my fork into my computer and take a bite right now!

  20. This looks so yummy!I must give it a try. xo

  21. This is very tempting. I’m on a diet but this surely caught my eye. Mouth watering indeed.

  22. My favorite part of having meal is when I get to eat some dessert and this cake is so

    mouth-watering! Being a pure vegetarian, I would like to try out the egg-less variant.

  23. Oh yum!! I love pecan pie. Mix it with chocolate, and I’m totally sold!

  24. My goodness, I am in love with that chocolate cake right away. It looks absolutely delicious & mouth watering. Chocolate and pecans are such a great combo and with some wonderful ingredients together this is such a wonderful recipe to try out!

  25. Sounds delicious. I love anything with chocolate. Thanks for sharing this.

  26. Jithin Thomas K

    Thanks for a such a wonderful recipe. I am gonna try this on coming weekend.

  27. I’m not the biggest fan of Pecans but put them together with chocolate and I’m all for it! I love how short the ingredient list it. I can’t wait to make this!

  28. oh wow, thanks for sharing this recipe. I would definitely try baking this one. I’m excited this to share with my friends too!

  29. I would love to try this recipe! This one is definitely a saver

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