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A slice of the delicious Upside-Down Georgia Pecan Cake on a white dessert plate, with a forkful showing the moist inside.

Upside-Down Georgia Pecan Cake: A Sweet Southern Delight

  • Author: Natasha
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


Savor the South with this Upside-Down Georgia Pecan Cake. Toasted pecans and coconut meld into a moist, flavorful cake. A delightful treat!




  • 2 cups of pecans (toasted and chopped)
  • 1 cup of coconut (freshly shredded)
  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons of butter (melted)
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt


  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2/3 cup of butter (softened)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt


First off, get your oven fired up to 350Β°F. Grab a non-stick round mold and cover it with aluminum foil, leaving a bit of an overhang. Spray it down with a non-stick spray for good measure.

Now, let’s start with the fun part – the topping! Spread out your chopped toasted pecans, brown sugar, and one cup of shredded coconut across the pan. Sprinkle the ground cinnamon and salt all over, then finish off with a generous drizzle of vanilla extract and melted butter.

Moving on to the cake batter. In a medium-sized bowl, take your softened butter and a cup of brown sugar, and beat them together until you have a creamy mixture. Add in your eggs, one at a time, with the vanilla, making sure to mix it well.

Next up, sprinkle in the baking powder and salt. Mix it well before gradually adding in half the flour. Pour in the milk, and then add the remaining flour, giving it a good mix after each addition.

Now, pour this creamy batter over the pecan mixture that’s waiting in your pan, and pop it into the oven. Bake it until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean – this should take about 35-40 minutes.

Once done, run a knife along the sides of the pan to loosen the cake. Let it sit and cool in the pan for 5 minutes before performing the grand flip onto a serving platter. Let it cool for another 15 minutes, and then it’s time to dig in!


It’s actually quite easy to make this Upside Down Georgia Pecan Cake gluten-free. Just follow these modifications:

Replace the all purpose flour; of using regular all purpose flour use a gluten free flour blend. Look for a blend that can be substituted 1;1 for flour. Brands, like Bobs Red Mill or King Arthur have gluten blends.

Double check your ingredients; While the rest of the ingredients, in this recipe should already be naturally gluten free it’s always an idea to carefully read the labels. Some brands of baking powder vanilla extract and even certain types of sugar might contain traces of gluten.

That’s it! By making these adjustments you’ll be able to enjoy a gluten version of this Upside Down Georgia Pecan Cake. Happy baking!

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 768
  • Sugar: 48.5 g
  • Sodium: 296.5 mg
  • Fat: 49.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 77.3 g
  • Protein: 9 g
  • Cholesterol: 110.7 mg

Keywords: Georgia Pecan Cake