Hornets Nest Cake Recipe

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Hornets Nest Cake Recipe

Indulge in a delicious Hornets Nest Cake! This American dessert is easy to prepare and guarantees to impress your guests. It features a moist chocolate cake topped with a scrumptious cream cheese frosting and a crunchy caramelized pecan topping. Follow this simple recipe and enjoy a sweet treat bursting with rich flavors and textures.


  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups pecans, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup granulated sugar


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Add eggs, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Mix well until smooth.
  4. Gradually pour in the hot water and mix until the batter is well combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. While the cake is baking, prepare the cream cheese frosting. In a mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and butter until creamy and smooth.
  8. Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract. Beat until well combined and fluffy.
  9. In a small skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chopped pecans and granulated sugar. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the pecans are caramelized and coated with sugar.
  10. Once the cake has cooled completely, spread the cream cheese frosting evenly over the top.
  11. Sprinkle the caramelized pecans over the frosting, creating a nest-like pattern.
  12. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving to allow the flavors to develop.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Total time: 1 hour

Yield: 12 servings

Enjoy this delightful Hornets Nest Cake with its moist and chocolaty layers, heavenly cream cheese frosting, and the sweet crunch of caramelized pecans. Each bite is a perfect blend of flavors and textures that will leave you wanting more.

Nutrition information: Calories per serving: 380, Fat: 18g, Carbohydrates: 54g, Protein: 4g

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