Pecan Butternut Cake (+ Icing)

Pecan butternut cake - Lilie Bakery

Right now, nothing better than to enjoy fall desserts, like this Butternut & pecan cake, cream cheese icing where how to enjoy squash to make delicious seasonal desserts!

We often cook them in a savory version, by the way have you tried my Roasted pumpkin risotto ? To cook the sweet version of the squash, I had already published a few years ago now the recipe for a pumpkin cheesecake, and today I'm offering you a cake made with a butternut squash!

Pecan butternut cake - Lilie Bakery

Why do I love this butternut cake recipe?

Quite simply because the squash goes perfectly with the spices which remind us of autumn: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger… These are the spices that I added in the dough. I also added a handful of crushed pecans to it, it adds a bit of crunch, and it's delicious! You can also do without, if you prefer. For the sweetening of the dough, I made a mixture of brown sugar and whole cane sugar: their deep, almost caramelized flavors go perfectly with the squash!

The cream cheese icing seemed obvious to me (it reminds me a lot of the carrot cake that I like so much), but I added a little yogurt to it for a lighter and smoother side. For the sweetener, a small dose of maple syrup and there… We're almost in Canada :)))

Pecan butternut cake - Lilie Bakery

Don't worry, the taste of squash is not omnipresent in this butternut & pecan cake, it remains subtle, but the whole is very autumnal!

Other recipes to try

If you like this type of dessert, then I advise you to take a look at these other recipes from the blog:

If you make this recipe, don't hesitate to tag @liliebakery on Instagram so I can see your pretty cakes!

Pecan butternut cake - Lilie Bakery
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Pecan Butternut Cake (+ Icing)

The sweet flavor of butternut squash and spices ...
Prep time30 minutes
Cook time1 time
Total1 time 30 minutes
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, French
Yield: 8



  • 220 g butternut squash puree
  • 265 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 cc baking soda
  • 3/4 cc salt
  • 1,5 cc cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 cc ginger powder
  • 1/4 cc nutmeg powder
  • 1/2 cc four spice mix (gingerbread)
  • 2 eggs
  • 60 g dark brown sugar
  • 100 g light brown sugar
  • 100 ml Colza oil
  • 80 ml water at room temperature
  • 80 g pecans


  • 150 g plain cream cheese Philadelphia
  • 15 cl semi-thick cream 30% mg
  • 2 cs Maple syrup + or - according to your taste
  • 50 g pecans


  • Preheat the oven to 175 ° traditional heat, grease a 27cm cake mold (link to my material at the bottom of the article).
  • In a container, mix the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt and the various spices.
  • In another bowl, combine the eggs, sugars, butternut purée, oil and water. Then add them to the dry mixture, whisking until smooth. Crush the pecans and add them to the dough.
  • Pour the dough into the cake mold and bake between 1 hour and 1 hour 10 minutes depending on your oven (this may vary). You will need to check the cooking using a wooden pick. Let cool for 15 minutes then unmold on a grid to cool completely.
  • For the icing, melt the cream cheese and the semi-thick cream with the maple syrup, until you obtain a smooth texture that is easy to coat. Decorate with crushed walnuts and an extra touch of maple syrup as a treat if you wish;)


Keeps cool (because of the icing) ideally in a bell for about 3 days.
Tip for the butternut puree: cut the butternut squash in half, then cook half of the butternut in the microwave for about 6/8 minutes, then remove the flesh and mix it. Your mash is ready! You just have to wait for it to cool down to incorporate it. 
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    November 4, 2020

    5 stars
    This cake is beautiful as everything!

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    November 6, 2020

    I have never used butternut in a cake but your photos make me want to get started. They are beautiful and the cake looks super soft!

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      Lilie bakery

      November 6, 2020

      Thank you very much :) Do not hesitate to test, it's like carrot cake, at first we hesitate and then we are conquered :)

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    November 12, 2020

    As beautiful as it looks good!

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    November 23, 2020

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe. In your opinion, would it be possible to make it as a layer cake?
    Thank you and have a nice day


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      Lilie bakery

      November 24, 2020

      Oh yes I think it has a good texture for that, it's up to you for the amount of ingredients needed on the other hand :)


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