Orange Pecan Beer Cake with Orange Glaze

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 10 to 12 servings
  • Prep 20 mins
  • Cook 55 mins

Beer is the surprising ingredient in this tender cake.

The addition of beer gives this cake a nice, light crumb. The cake is the creation of Julie Rice, who won a Crisco baking contest with it. Use a full-flavored beer.


1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 cup butter or Crisco, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 -- eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1 tablespoon orange juice
7 tablespoons beer
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 -- orange, peel and juice
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup toasted pecan halves


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 12-cup Bundt pan with butter or Crisco and dust with floor.
  2. To prepare the filling, combine pecans, sugar, orange peel, nutmeg and vanilla. Cover.
  3. To prepare the cake, combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in grated orange peel, orange juice and beer mixture, sour cream, and vanilla until smooth. Add flour mixture and stir only until smooth. Pour one-third of the batter into the prepared pan. Top with one-third of the filling. Repeat layers twice.
  4. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan; invert onto a serving plate.
  5. To prepare the glaze, remove peel (without pith) from orange in long strips. Combine juice of the orange, sugar and butter in a small saucepan. Heat and gently simmer until mixture is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add pecans. Brush glaze on top and sides of warm cake. Arrange orange peel and pecans decoratively on top.

Recipe by Julie Rice. Reprinted with permission from Susanna Short’s Bundt Cake Bliss (Minnesota Historical Society Press,, 2007).



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