Pecan toffee cake

Pecan toffee cake

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(60 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 8
Indulge in this gorgeously nutty cake for dessert, then serve the leftovers as you would Christmas cake to whoever pops by

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving (8)

  • kcal692
  • fat51g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs53g
  • sugars39g
  • fibre3g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.68g
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  • 300g pecan halves
    Pecan nuts



    Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red…

  • 140g stoned dates



    Dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits - it's thought that they were a staple part of…

  • 200g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 200g light muscovado sugar
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 4 eggs, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 140g self-raising flour
  • maple syrup, to serve
    Maple syrup

    Maple syrup

    may-pul sir-rup

    The rising spring sap of a number of varieties of maple tree


  1. Tip 100g pecans into a processor and whizz until fine, then tip into a bowl. Put the dates into a small pan with enough water to cover, boil for 5 mins until very soft. Drain, discarding the liquid, then whizz in the processor until smooth. Leave to cool.

  2. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line the base of a 23cm cake tin. Beat the butter, sugar and spice together until lighter and creamy, then tip in the dates, ground pecans, eggs and a pinch of salt and beat briefly until smooth.

  3. Fold in the flour with a metal spoon, then spoon into the tin and level the top. Sprinkle the remaining nuts over the top (don’t press them in), then bake for 40 mins or until risen and golden and a skewer comes out clean. Serve warm, with generous drizzles of maple syrup and scoops of Maple crunch ice cream (see 'goes well with').

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Sarah Masson's picture
Sarah Masson
3rd Jan, 2018
Delicious on its own.
29th Jan, 2017
Made this afternoon... and absalutley LOVED it.
24th Apr, 2016
Made this yummy cake this morning for the first time. Used ground almonds as I didn't have enough pecans, also used pre-chopped dates - the dates soaked up a bit too much water I think but I added a bit of extra flour. I accidentally had the oven on at 180 as I was roasting a chicken at the same time - after 40 mins the middle was still liquid so I covered the top and gave it another 25 mins. Perfect!!!! I served it warm with single cream and maple syrup and it went down really well with lovely husband and mum and dad. Will definitely make again.
28th Dec, 2015
***** five stars. ( rating won't work :( )
28th Dec, 2015
I was a bit anxious about making this, after reading other comments on the cake not being cooked in 40 mins. If I had left mine any longer it would have been burnt! The cake is gorgeous and I will certainly be making again. I made this in advance for an alternative to Christmas pudding, so I froze it for a couple of weeks. It's nice cold but even better after warming in microwave. Getting the maple syrup and vanilla ice cream is a must. Yummy.
22nd Nov, 2014
I note that someone back in 2011 had the same problem as I have now in 2014. The temperatures printed in the magazine for this cake are wrong and I am waiting for the cake to finish cooking. I hope it will be OK as it is expensive to make. Do Easy Cook actually read any of these comments?
29th Dec, 2013
Great recipe, was lovely with vanilla ice cream and maple syrup
1st Jan, 2013
This was the most delicious dessert we had over Christmas. We served warm with maple syrup and cream - mmm!!!
18th Nov, 2012
Quick, easy and delicious! It was a success when I had friends round for dinner. Will be doing it again!
1st Jul, 2012
Delicious. Made it for friends and there was not a crumb left. Think this will be a new winning dessert.


11th Sep, 2019
Do you use dried or fresh dates in this please?
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12th Sep, 2019
Thanks for your question. You need to use dried dates for this recipe.
4th Jul, 2013
Can anyone tell me how long this cake will last (fresh)? I'm making a friend's wedding cake but am also going to be 8 months' pregnant by the wedding... so am looking for cake recipes which I can decorate and which will last for a few weeks to take the pressure off at the last minute! I'm making one layer fruit cake and one layer dense chocolate cake... Now just looking for another flavour which will work!
12th May, 2014
I usually put 2/3 of the pecans in the cake itself, and chop the rest for the top. It's good for using up spare egg yolks (3 whole eggs plus 2 yolks) too. Also works well as a traybake, especially if drizzled with the Maple Syrup while cooling. Its a favourite with the 30 or so members of my local Bee Club...
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