Pecan Pie Cake & Why We Shouldn’t Wail & Carry On

Pecan Pie Cake SouthernPlate

Interesting things happen in my life every day. I don’t share most of them with you because if I shared everything that I found interesting neither one of us would ever get anything done. 

But today, today is different.

This past Saturday, as I was taking my weekend special treat shower (that means I can take all the time I want, as opposed to the evening rushed shower), I looked down and saw a critter skittering right towards my feet in the bath tub.

Now, there are all manner of ugly bugs in the world and this one, should there ever be an ugly bug pageant to find and crown the ugliest of them all, would definitely win. I don’t have any idea what kind of bug it was and I’m not really concerned with finding out the proper name because I ain’t about to write it on my family tree or anything, but I immediately declared it to be a woolybooger.

Yup, that is what it looked like.

So this woolybooger started right for my feet. Now keep in mind that currently, in order for me to take a shower, it requires riding in a wheelchair to the bathroom door, having my husband hold an office chair while I scoot onto it, then having him wheel me to a special transfer shower chair and holding the office chair still while I scoot onto that, then he removes my braces and I scoot more onto the transfer part of the shower chair to the actual shower part of the shower chair and very gingerly lift my legs and get them into the tub.

So when this woolybooger set its sites on me, its not like I could jump up and get out of it’s way.

I have two options at this point. I can wail and carry on, or I can deal with the situation to the best of my abilities.

Now, I’ve lived more than a few decades on this earth and I’ve bore witness to a whole lot of wailing and carrying on from folks

and I’ve never once found it to contribute to the solving of a problem.

So I dealt with it.

How? Well I had a little handheld shower thing and I patiently and calmly set aside several minutes of my shower time to drowning that sucker.

But what if I had of wailed and carried on – Would it have served a purpose?

Sure it would. It would have scared the mess out of my entire family and likely given me a headache.

Would it have done anything to get rid of that woolybooger?

Nope, he would have kept on trucking and paid me no mind.

It’s amazing how many woolyboogers pop up in our lives and decide to hang around and mess with us because all we do is wail and carry on whenever they are there rather than actually doing something to get rid of them.

Think about these woolyboogers:

  • You have to get a shot – so you fret about it for a week leading up to it. Good gravy, it’s a prick that lasts less than a second. Come up with something more worthy to give your attention to.
  • Surgery – You got surgery coming up. Some people when this is about to take place, set up the equivalent of their own wake and have family coming to say their last goodbyes. I can guarantee you that your chances of healing and a full recovery are definitely affected by this attitude, in a very bad way.
  • A Boss or coworker you don’t like – Well you still gotta work with them so rather than dread having to deal with their personality, you can instead use it as motivation to make yourself a better person.

There are countless other wollyboogers in our lives: Situations with family, events in your life that you wish wouldn’t happen but do, etc.

So next time you see a woolybooger headed straight for ya and find yourself opening your mouth to commence wailing and carrying on, take a deep breath and do something about it that will help the situation instead.

Even if it means turning your shower on full steam and pointing it at it.

Now, I think we need a little something sweet today :)

This cake has all the flavors we love in Pecan Pie but in cake form. What’s not to love about that? In fact, it is almost worth wailing and carrying on for…

Pecan Pie Cake SouthernPlate

You’ll need: 1 box yellow or butter golden cake mix, eggs, butter (or margarine), corn syrup, dark brown sugar, vanilla, and pecans. 

Pronounced “Puh-kahns” if you live in my house. Pronounced however you are in the mood to pronounce it if you live elsewhere :)

And we’re both right!

Because I said so. 

Pecan Pie Cake SouthernPlate

Mix cake mix, 1 egg, and melted butter until well blended.

Reserve 2/3 cup of this batter.

Pecan Pie Cake SouthernPlate

 Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.

Spread the rest of the batter into this and bake for 15 minutes at 325, or until just lightly browned.

Pecan Pie Cake SouthernPlate

Like this

Pecan Pie Cake SouthernPlate

In a mixing bowl, stir together the remaining batter, syrup, remaining eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, and pecans. 

Pecan Pie Cake SouthernPlate

Pour filling on top of crust. 

Pecan Pie Cake SouthernPlate

Cook this at 325 for 50 to 60 minutes, or until set in center. 

Pecan Pie Cake SouthernPlate

Allow to cool completely before cutting. Enjoy! 

*This is even better if made the day before :)

Pecan Pie Cake

Pecan Pie Cake


  • 1 box yellow cake or butter cake mix
  • 1/2 cup melted butter (or margarine, I don’t judge)
  • 1+ 1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 +1/2 cups chopped pecans


  1. Mix cake mix, 1 egg, and melted butter until well blended. Reserve 2/3 cup of this batter.
  2. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Spread remaining batter into this pan and bake at 325 for 15 minutes, or until just lightly browned.
  3. In a mixing bowl, stir together reserved 2/3 cup batter, syrup, 3 eggs, brown sugar, vanilla and pecans.
  4. Pour filling on top of crust and cook at 325 for 50-60 minutes, until set in the center.
  5. Allow to cool completely before serving.
  6. Enjoy!
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  1. Kaye says

    Praise the Lord… another southern that says PA CON, that’s the way we’ve “always” pronounced it, never heard P can until my sister-in-law from California called them Pcans!!

    This recipe sounds delightful, Blessings and Prayers to ya Christy!!!

    This too shall pass! Keep the FAITH sweet pea!

    Kaye : )

    • sharie strickland says

      I am from SC by way of WV and had always said puhcan but a lot of the ladies around here say prefabricated and I accidentally said the old adage about the bucket you take into the woods. Whoa! Thhat was a mistake. So now I say each to her own. LOL!

  2. Auntiepatch says

    I’m from So. Calif. and I call them Pa cons! Pe cans just sounds wrong to my ears. Whatever you cal them, they are delicious! Thanks Christy, I was looking for a dish to take to the Memorial Day potluck. This fits the bill!

  3. Aileen Pawlowski says

    Thanks Kristy! For a recipe to take to my Labor Day family reunion. But more for humbling me and making me try to stop whining. Lots of things coming up this weekend that I’ve been dreading. The family reunion is not one of those. Evil boss and co-workers in my life. From now on, I’m gonna try to be quiet and wash them out!! Can’t wait to bake this cake!! I know it’ll be as sweet as your blog!!

  4. Angie O'Keefe says

    I loved today’s post. I’ve been going through a hard time physically the past few months, and my default attitude has unfortunately become a whiny one. The Lord spoke to me though what you had to say.
    I thought my family were the only ones who came into contact with woolyboogers! Been using that word all my life, but I’ve never heard anyone outside my family use it. And you’re spot-on with your pronunciation of pecan. As a proper southern belle I can’t tell you what p-can reminds me of. I’ll leave it to your imagination!
    Praying for you!

      • Margaret McGinnis says

        You have become my go to person for recipes. Well actually I look to my mom’s recipes (they became mine after her death in 1992) and they you and the Pioneer woman are my two favorite bloggers. I wsh the cooking network would give you a show too. Hmmm… Maybe a write in campaign to get u you’re own cooking show, my DVR would be full.
        … What I wanted to say really was that I saw your previous dessert post about the pecan pie without pecans. And I was hooked, I loved my mom’s pecan pie but as I’ve gotten older and my health has also gonna gotten worse, and someone I live with is allergic to tree nuts; I just can’t eat but maybe 1 piece. But thinking of your pie made me wonder if I could make turtles without the nuts. And after much searching online I found an easy recipe for Rollo (the chocolate caramel candies we loved as kids) and pretzels. And easy candy to add to Xmas goody tins that my family will receive. Your recipes have recently been becoming new recipes in my own “family recipes.”
        thank you so much.

  5. Gaye Cosand says

    This is the first time I have been to your website and I am so pleased that I found it!!! The Pecan Pie (southern spelling) sounds great but I love your messages. While I live in the PNW, I am really a down home girl at heart. Born in Arkansas, miss all of the southern and midwestern everything. I’m going to try this cake and also try to freeze the apples. Thank you and looking forward to more interesting messages and recipes.

  6. says

    I don’t think you know much your pep talks and inspirational posts do for me. The last one that really affected me was the one about being really hard to offend. Now this one today really hits close to home. I’m in a bad situation right now. I could wail and carry on (and by that, I mean take it out on my husband). But I shouldn’t. I’m not sure I can drown it with anything but patience. So, I’m just going to keep myself so busy that I don’t notice the time passing by.
    Thanks for being so great. Thanks for sharing so much with us.


  7. Deanna says

    Christy – as usualy your writing makes my day so much brighter! I wish I would have read this yesterday! Of course, I wailed and carried on about something so insignificant! You inspire me!

  8. Dale Creekmur says

    A Question:

    Everyone knows that toasting, or roasting pecans (and many other nuts) in the oven for 10 or so minutes brings out their best aroma and flavor.

    Would recipes that call for pecans taste better if you pre-toasted the pecans, or does the baking called for in the recipe accomplish the same result?

  9. Bonnie says

    This pecan pie cake is absolutely amazing! I had a group of ladies for dinner the other night and everyone loved it and wanted the recipe. My husband and I sampled it before the ladies arrived, and we ate a large chunk! He said it was one of the best desserts ever! So, make this recipe! If you love pecan pie, you will not be disappointed. It is delicious!
    Christy, your blog is inspiring – your positive attitude is contagious! Hope you are feeling better and stronger every day.

  10. Angela says

    We say Pecan the same way in my house. Except for some reason i am the only one in the family to say it that way. everyone else makes it sound like Pee Can and i cant stand it that way LOL Hope you are healing well. i enjoy keeping up with your adventures.

  11. Norma Hunt says

    Yummy! Yummy! Yummy! I made this for my book group and they all demanded the recipe. My husband said, “Wow. That actually tastes like pecan pie! So this was a big hit in Boise, Idaho. Thanks.

  12. Debbie Caraballo says

    I swooned when I saw this recipe the first time, and I’m swoonin’ again! Mercy this looks delicious! We have that “p can” discussion a lot, since I live in NJ now, but the southern Texan “puh kahn” is definitely correct. ;)
    Thanks for another uplifting post, and wonderful recipe! Hope you’re getting better every day.


  13. Sherry Brzeczka says

    Woolybooger-perfect name for potential bad stuff! On the the word pecan-lol! My parents from the south say it your way, I say it a different way and my husband from Detroit a whole different way! Looking forward to making this recipe for my folks!

  14. Deborah Druce says

    Christy, I love the story. I feel the same way about bugs. Just kill them and don’t make a scene. What’s the point of hollering anyway? Your pecan pie cake looks delicious. You have the best attitude. Keep strong girl.

  15. Sarah says


    First…oh my gosh this is good! Thanks for sharing this with everyone! Love your site and your wisdom and your attitude!
    I do have one question….do you refrigerate this cake?

    Thanks in advance for your response!

  16. Eva says

    Have to try this recipe, as I love puh kahns and I live way up north! In Northeast BC Canada to be exact, but my Grammy was from Missourah, and when I started school everyone thought I was English because I had such a drawl, even close to 50 years in Canada hadn’t erased the drawl from the family, the woolyboogers, or the love of fried green tomatoes and other southern delicacies.
    I do try to drown the woolyboogers that show up in my life, sometimes I succeed and sometimes I wail and carry on, but of course that doesn’t help. Just want to say hope the legs are better soon, and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. Charlotte Brush says

    Love your postings and am sitting here laughing at you and the bug. I didn’t have two broken legs but had had hip replacement in one leg and then the nerve in other leg went bonkers so was on walker so could just see myself trying to get away from the bug but would have done the same thing you did. Just had to laugh. Your writing are fantastic and such a blessing. I am so happy that you are doing so good, God is great. I am definitely going to make this recipe. Take care and God Bless, watch those bugs.

  18. UTAH MOM says

    Love southern food and all your wonderful recipes! Now, if we can just get rid of all the GMO corn (corn syrup) and other ingredients, so I can make these quick and easy delectable recipes again! Noticed you can get a mostly non-GMO corn syrup on Amazon. Shame on Monsanto for ruining so many good foods for me and so many others! Nevertheless, thanks very much for sharing this recipe and many others! For now, I’m substituting “Steen’s Cane Syrup” for the “dark Karo syrup” in recipes (works great btw) and “Lyle’s Golden Syrup” for the “light Karo Syrup” in recipes. They work well as substitutions! BioTech ruined all the wonderful Duncan Hines Cake Mixes too as now they have GMO soybean oil, GMO canola oil, and GMO sugar beet sugar in them. So sad : ( Hey, but you can always make a scratch yellow cake instead, just check out what the chickens who laid the eggs were fed, because some are raised on GMO canola oil and GMO corn, which have been sprayed with Round Up and/or BT.

  19. Wanda P says

    I made this cake and it was awesome! I made it and took it to Homecoming at my church without trying it first. I was asked if I had tried it and I replied no but I got it from Christy Jordan on Southern Plate and I know it’s good! You didn’t let me down! Thank you so much!

  20. Faye Hillard says

    Christy, I went to visit my sister in Collierville, TN and guess what she had waiting for me when I arrived. A Pecan Pie Cake! I am from Huntsville, AL and I love all your recipes that I have tried but this one was especially good. It hit the spot after I had been driving from 3 to 3 1/2 hours. We both think you are the greatest! My sister in Collierville is also a great cook. I have often told her that she should have either a restaurant or at least a cupcake shop but she stays at home and spreads her cooking all around with love as you often say. I plan to visit you at one of the locations when you are in Huntsville.

  21. says

    Christy: I was looking for a pecan recipe different than a pie because I have problems with pie crust. My pie crust are always soggy no matter what I try. I am so excited that I found your website! I will try this recipe asap.

  22. Rita says

    Made this cake today for my mom’s bday with a little adaptation. To lower the fat, I made the cake mix with one egg and a can of diet sprite (like the WW recipe for diet coke cake!). Did everything else the same and it came out heavenly. Thanks for this keeper!

  23. Elizabeth Turney says

    Just made this again this morning — 3rd time in 2 weeks! I think this is a great recipe, keeps well for several days, and is simple and delicious! I love to take it to people (I can get 6 squares in a sm. oblong plastic container), they are pretty amazed by the yumminess. Served it for Bunco recently and had to send the recipe to the girls, so you will no doubt have a few new fans by now! Thanks Christy – love your good things and thoughtful words.

  24. Lisa says

    My dad, who grew up without indoor plumbing, always said “A pee-can is what you keep under the bed in the winter in case you have to ‘go’ at night.” I cant hear pecan pronounced pee-can without seeing that image in my mind (grin!).

  25. Fran in CA says

    Wow! Christy, what an absolutely yummy looking dessert! My hubby prefers pies over cakes, and being a Southerner his all-time favorite is Pecan Pie. I’m a really big cake lover, but then I’m so easy for I love ANY dessert. I’m looking forward to making this Pecan Pie Cake, so hubby and I can both really enjoy our favorite flavors and textures with this special dessert. Thank you for the many wonderful recipes you share with your many fans. Fran


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