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This Butterscotch Cake makes a wonderful dessert to serve friends and family or just as a snack anytime. Cake is one of my favorite things in this world. I could eat it everyday! I love it with coffee, milk or tea. If you like butterscotch, you will love this one.

1 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter or 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup, softened
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (3.4 ounce) box butterscotch instant pudding
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup nut pieces (pecans or walnuts)

Cream together sugar, butter and eggs with mixer. Add vanilla extract. Whisk together in another bowl the flour, baking powder, salt and butterscotch pudding mix. Add flour mixture along with buttermilk to creamed mixture and mix. Fold in butterscotch chips and nuts with spoon. Spray a 9 x 13 cake pan with cooking spray. Spread cake batter in pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven 30 to 35 minutes until center tests done. Add frosting below.


Butterscotch Frosting:

1 cup butterscotch chips
2 tablespoons butter
3 cups powdered sugar
About 5 tablespoons milk

Melt chips and butter together in microwave or on top of stove. It takes about 1 minute 25 seconds in my microwave. Add powdered sugar and a little milk while mixing with mixer. Continue mixing and adding milk until the get the frosting consistency you want. Spread over cooled cake.

Be sure and pin butterscotch cake.

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  1. could i make this cake in a sheet pan size 12×17 if so how long should i bake it for

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, I think you could do that fine, Pamela. I would just watch it and maybe cut the time by 10 minutes or so. Check the middle with a fork or something to see if done. Hope you enjoy the recipe.

  2. Deepthi Varrier says:

    Hiii!! This recipe looks yummy and easy to make. I’m new to baking, so I have a few questions before I got down to baking it:

    1) What brand of buttermilk do you use?
    2) Is it okay if I halved the recipe and made this in a 8” round pan?

    Thank you!

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I don’t use any special brand of buttermilk. Just whatever I can find at Walmart or Kroger but I do use the whole buttermilk and not the fat free. I think you could easily make half this recipe. Good luck and happy baking.

  3. Kathy Tilley says:

    Could I make this in two 8″ round pans instead of a 9×13 pan?

  4. This is fantastic! Not only tasty but so quick and easy to make.

  5. I love your recipes,can all ways find something good to make!

  6. I made this cake for my husband today since butterscotch & pecans are 2 of his favorite !!!! He loved it, well WE loved it ! He is recovering from foot surgery & this cake made him feel so much better !!! Thanks !

    • The Southern Lady says:

      So happy to hear that Linda and thank you for letting me know. I hope your husband has a speedy recovery and a great Father’s Day.

  7. you need to figure out a way for us to print these!

    • The Southern Lady says:

      There is a statement under each recipe that plainly says the following: (Feel free to “share” with your friends by clicking on the Facebook, Pinterest or E-mail buttons at the bottom of each post. You can print by clicking on the printer icon below.) The printer icon is below every single recipe on the website. Click on the icon and you can remove the photo and any text you don’t want and print only the recipe. You can also save it to a file on your computer.

  8. Thank you .. South is the best!!!

  9. Pegi Cariker says:

    I love your recipes, but I wish you had a print friendly option. Is that a possibility?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      If you click on the printer icon under each recipe we post you can delete any text and photos you don’t want and print just the recipe or save it to a file on your computer.

  10. Marsha M-SOCAL says:

    This looks so good. I would have made it today, but didn’t have buttermilk. I know I could substitute, but want to try it the first time just as written. I love butterscotch!! Thanks for posting this recipe.

  11. This does definitely look yummy.. Thank you…

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