Amazing Pecan Caramel Sauce Recipe

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pumpkin bundt cake with pecan caramel sauce

Pecan Caramel Sauce

This pecan caramel sauce is the perfect combination of creaminess and butter.  You will want to eat this by the spoonful.  I found the best way to serve this is to have the sauce on the side of the cake. This allows you to drizzle over your cake how much you want on your cake.  We recommend making the pumpkin bundt cake and paring with this sauce, but your favorite cake works too.

If you decide to pour this over the top of your cake, it is very important to allow your sauce to cool to the point where it’s thicker and not piping hot.  If your sauce is too hot, it will run right off the cake.

butter, brown sugar and heavy cream in pot

What Ingredients Are Used To Make Caramel Sauce?

This recipe uses butter, heavy cream and brown sugar.  You will also need coarsely chopped pecans (these are optional if you do not want to add nuts)

melted butter and sugar with heavy cream

Can You Add Alcohol To The Sauce?

You can add a splash of bourbon or rum if you would like.  Remove from the stove to do this.  You could also add a splash of vanilla for additional flavor.

bubbling caramel

Can Caramel Be Reheated?

It can.  You may need to add a little heavy cream to heat it up.  You will want to bring it to a boil  It may separate at first, but keep stirring and it should come together again.

pecans in pot

What Can Be Used Instead of Heavy Cream?

We have used half and half instead of heavy cream.

pecan caramel sauce

medium size bundt cake
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How to Make Pecan Caramel Sauce

This pecan caramel sauce you want to eat with a spoon. Not just for bundt cake. Serve over ice cream, pie and all your favorite cakes.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 bundt cake
Author: Regina Sober


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups coarse chopped pecans


  • In a sauce pan, add the butter, brown sugar and heavy whipping cream.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce to medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Keep stirring during the 5 minutes and allow mixture to thicken.
  • Add the pecans, stir and remove from heat.
  • Allow the mix to cool and then pour over your pumpkin bundt cake


  • If you did not pour all the sauce on the cake, you can heat in the microwave in a microwave safe container. Microwave at 30 second intervals to heat. It may boil, so use caution.


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