Chocolate Pecan Piecaken

Moist chocolate cake with a surprise inside makes this Chocolate Pecan Piecaken the ULTIMATE holiday dessert that you’ll need on your table this year!


So has there ever been a dessert that you just had to try, no matter how unconventional or intimidating it looked? I love me some off the wall desserts and this Chocolate Pecan Piecaken is just that!!

Also, has there ever been a time when you just couldn’t make your mind up on what treat you wanted to devour? Well this seriously solves that problem for you. You get cake AND pie in one dessert. I mean COME ON. How can it get any better?

Piecaken Recipe

Well it gets better when this delicious Chocolate Pecan Piecaken is drizzled with a creamy and rich chocolate ganache that is spiked with a little bit of Rodelle Vanilla. Yes you guys, a little bit of vanilla added in just for a little pop of flavor. 

Now regular ganaches are usually just cream and chocolate. But did you know that you can actually flavor them? We love flavoring our ganaches around here, it literally gives the chocolate a nice smooth tone. You can even emulse it by letting a vanilla bean steep in some hot cream as well. 

Chocolate Pecan Piecaken

There are a ton of flavors you could add for future use, raspberry, rum, almond, cherry, strawberry. The possibilities are endless. But for this we used a nice flavorful vanilla which seriously set it off you guys. 

Rodelle Vanilla is our favorite and only vanilla we use around this house. I’ve been a brand ambassador for them for about a year now and we have completely fallen in love with all of their products that we haven’t looked back. 

Chocolate Pecan Piecaken

Now we doctored up a cake mix for this recipe. I mean it’s already a Piecaken, how much more complicated do we really want to get? Now you can make your own for sure. We also got a baker pecan pie to use because who got time to cook and fully cook a pie then bake it in another dessert and do the process over again. So I kept it simple for you guys. 

Now as intimidated as I was, this Chocolate Pecan Piecaken was actually a breeze to make. I suggest maybe throwing your pie in the freezer for a little bit before trying to turn into the cake pan so it doesn’t try and fall apart, that’s what we did and it worked like a charm. 

Chocolate Pecan Piecaken Recipe

This is the perfect recipe for your Thanksgiving, Christmas or any holiday gathering. You can switch up the flavors for any combo. Pumpkin pie and spice cake, chocolate and cherry, apple and spice. The world is your oyster my friends. 

But if I leave you with anything, it’s to please try this Chocolate Pecan Piecaken, you will be in love as well as impress your guests!


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Chocolate Pecan Piecaken
Chocolate Pecan Piecaken
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins

Moist chocolate cake with a surprise inside makes this Chocolate Pecan Piecaken the ULTIMATE holiday dessert that you'll need on your table this year!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
  • 1 box Chocolate fudge cake
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 9 " pecan pie bakery or fresh baked and cooled
  • 1 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp Rodelle vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Prepare a 10" spring-form pan with non stick cooking spray, set aside.
  3. In large bowl mix together your cake mix, milk, butter and eggs.
  4. Pour half of your mixture in your prepared pan.
  5. Turn your pie face down into pan and cover with remaining cake mix and drop down on counter a few times to make sure the mix covers the whole pie.
  6. Bake in oven for about 60 minutes, checking after 30 minutes and placing tin foil over the top if the edges are getting too done. (Some may need more baking time, this all depends on your oven. Keep checking for doneness with toothpick inserted into center, once it comes out clean it's done).

  7. Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes, then take the sides off of your pan and let cool completely.
  8. Meanwhile to make ganache add your chocolate chips to a bowl.
  9. Heat up your heavy cream slightly until just boiling, in microwave or on stove.
  10. Pour over your chocolate chips and cover for about 5-7 minutes.
  11. Stir you cream into your chocolate, when almost all melted together add your vanilla and continue to stir until smooth.
  12. Set aside to cool slightly, about 15 minutes.
  13. Pour over your cooled cake letting some of the ganache drip down the sides.
  14. Let chocolate set for about another 15 minutes.
  15. Decorate top with pecans if desired.
  16. Cut and serve!
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30 thoughts on “Chocolate Pecan Piecaken

    1. Hi Cristy, yes upside down. That way the crust doesn’t block the cake mix from reaching all the way around it and automatically goes into the already filled portion. You flip it back over when it cools so it won’t look upside down when cut.

  1. I’m in the process of the bake. I was 60minutes in…and it still needed more time. Checked every 10 minutes…
    …extra 40 minutes was needed. Strange huh? Normal elevation… Detroit, Michigan

    1. I’ve seen this happen before. I’ve made this more than once using the same pan and temp and it’s taken me the same amount each time but every oven is different and I’ve had recipes I’ve tried that have taken much longer. I will add to the directions that more time may be needed for cooking 🙂

  2. HA HA Here’s a laugh for you on this Thanksgiving morning. I got up early to make this. Had it all made and putting it in the pan and I thought wow this batter is very thick.I put the pie in and covered it. But I was still half asleep. Just before I put it into the oven I checked the recipe again. I HAD FORGOT TO PUT IN THE MILK. Just scraped it all out, (what a mess) added the milk and it turned out great. 50 mins.

  3. I am a novice at best when it comes to anything in the kitchen. My girlfriend sent me this recipe, and I was like, “wait, there’s a PECAN PIE in the middle of this CAKE!? I’m doing this!” I just finished putting on the ganache, and this was a super easy recipe. I can’t wait to dig in after turkey. Thanks!

  4. Question about the cake mix, do you prepare according to instructions, or do you suggest milk/butter/eggs. For instance my cake mix calls for vegetable oil, water and eggs.

    I’m not knowledgeable enough about baking to know if that works.

    Thanks. Looking forward to trying this recipe!

    1. Hi Jeremy, on this I don’t use the box recipe. I use the cake mix and just add the milk, butter and eggs I have in my ingredients. So just use the dry mix and don’t go by package directions. Add my amounts in the recipe. Hope this helps, if you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask. 🙂

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