Coconut Pecan Blender Cake

I have so many, many things to say in this post.  It’s going to be one of those stream of consciousness kind of rambling things that includes pictures of my recent jaunt to Nashville, an apology to the Southern husband and a video-chat with my bunny who is off at college, so if you want to skip over all of that and get right to the recipe, which is a super-easy one bowl coconut pecan cake that you make in your blender, feel free to skip right on down to the end.  I’ll understand!

But if you can bear it, here goes.  A few weeks ago, I went with a bunch of my buddies to Nashville.  Despite the fact that I am Southern by marriage, and despite the fact that I have loved country music ever since I bought the 45 for The Devil Went Down To Georgia in 1979, I’d never been before.  I’m head over heels in love with the show (if you aren’t watching it please start, because if it gets cancelled I am going cry real tears), and so I was a little bit out of my mind with happiness when we got to this place.

The fabulous Bluebird Cafe, which looks exactly like it does on the show on the outside, and nothing like it does on the show on the inside.  It was even better – everyone crowded around these four amazing singer-songwriters and listened reverantly to a couple hours of seriously amazing music.

I was in heaven.  Heaven!  And it only got better when we went out to dinner the next night and this was on the menu…

I’m just going to let you marinate in the thought of bacon with maple cotton candy for a second or two.

Another night we went to the Wildhorse Saloon, a big old place right on the main drag where all the honkeytonks are.  There was lots of good Southern eating, and line-dancing, and cowboy boots all around.  The line-dancing and the girls in their cowboy boots immediately made me miss my cowboy-boot-wearing Southern daughter, who was only 6 hours away in South Carolina.

So I had to run back to my hotel room and videochat with her.

She chided me for coming home from line-dancing before 10pm at night before the real line-dancing even gets rocking, but I am a wimp when it comes to late nights, and that’s just how things are.

Once I got home from all this excitement, I needed to figure out a new Southern-type recipe to make.  NEEDED.  And since to the Southern husband Southern cooking needed to either involve grits, okra or pecans and I was in a dessert frame of mind, pecans it was.  Which brings me to the apology.  Our ancient blender finally bit the dust, and he gallantly said he would go out and get is a new one.  I got all excited imagining the deluxe fancy Vitamix chrome and glass beauty that would soon be sitting on my counter.  So when he proudly came home with a $20 plastic Hamilton Beach number, I was blatantly ungrateful.  I might have even suggested that the new blender would not even come CLOSE to working the way I wanted a blender to work.  How much power could a $20 motor have?  I mean, really??

Here comes the apology part.  Because this recipe (see?  I finally got to the point!) calls for dumping all the ingredients, including a bunch of pecans, into your blender, blending it until it is smooth, pouring it into a pie plate and baking it up. Yes, that’s really all it takes, so everything was riding on the blender.  And as you have probably guessed, our $20 blender blended this cake up just perfectly, and has now gone on to blend various other things just fine.  So honey?  I’m sorry I maligned our blender.  I promise never to sass you about small kitchen appliances ever again.

And for the rest of you…especially you folks who hung in for this entire meandering post…please blend yourself up some super easy to make, seriously delicious coconut pecan cake.

You deserve it!

Coconut Pecan Blender Cake
Serves: 8 servings
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ stick butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Additional coconut for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 10 inch pie pan.
  2. Put all ingredients except for the extra coconut into a blender, and blend until fully combined. Pour into the pie pan.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes until golden. The center will still be a little soft.
  4. Scatter additional coconut on top and let cool slightly. I like to scoop this out of the pan (rather than slicing it) and serve it with some vanilla ice cream!


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  1. Shel F. says

    Love, love, love that show! I’ve been through Nashville, but I’ve never gotten to stop and play tourist, so I’m madly jealous. Someday, though…

  2. says

    Awww fun trip! I would have flipped out at the absence of a VitaMix as well so don’t feel too bad. And yay for the blender working! The cake turned out splendidly.

    • Kate says

      I wish I could say yes but I don’t think so…the pecans really do need to be pulverized. Maybe you need to pick up my $20 blender while you are waiting for your Vitamix!

      • Rachel says

        Guess you could pulvernize them with a pestle and mortar but it sounds like hard work! Or use a chopper if you have one of those.

        I bet this would work with almond or hazelnut meal/flour.

  3. Rachel says

    Love the show Nashville. I want the set decorator to come and do my house like Rayna’s. I particularly like the lighting effects with the various lamps in most of the houses.

    This cake looks gorgeous. Am curious as to why it needs 4 eggs. Does it taste really eggy and could the amount be cut down?

    • Kate says

      It kinda really does in order for it to hold together with so little flour – but it doesn’t taste eggy as all to me. And I totally agree about Rayna’s house!

  4. Roberta Reinwald says

    Hi, Kate! I learned of your Facebook page from one of my friends “liking” your coconut pecan blender cake. Since I enjoy baking, I took a look at your recipe, & really want to try it. I do have a question, though. I only have plain soymilk or buttermilk on hand right now, & am unable to get to the store today. I really want to try this cake today (love coconut recipes). Can I replace the milk in your recipe with either the soymilk or buttermilk? If so, which one do you think would be better to use? Thank you for sharing this recipe with us, and thank you for responding to my question!

    • Kate says

      Hi Roberta and so glad you found me! As for your question, I wouldn’t use buttermilk – I think the flavor would be too acidic. I haven’t cooked with soy milk, but from what I understand it can be subbed in for regular milk…the taste might be a bit sweeter, and it browns a little faster so you might want to keep an eye on it as it gets near the end of the baking time. If you try it, do come back and let us know how it came out, in case someone else wants to try it – thanks and happy baking! :)

  5. Amanda says

    I chuckled when you were badmouthing your blender… a couple of months ago, my coffee maker broke. I too, imagined a lovely new appliance (with a built-in grinder, yes please!) only to have my husband come home with a $25 Mr. Coffee. And you know what? It makes great coffee… that will go perfectly with this cake. :-) Can’t wait to try it!!

    • Kate says

      And our husbands are secretly thinking “I told you so” but of course not saying it out loud because they love us so much. :)


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