Butterscotch Lush Cake

slice of butterscotch lush cake on a white plateRecently, I’ve become a little bit obsessed with lush cakes. Honestly, can you blame me? This dessert is so rich, so creamy, so…lush. When you dip your fork into a slice, it sinks through layers of fluffy whipped topping, creamy pudding, sweetened cream cheese, and finally a crumbly, cookie-like crust. Raise it to your mouth, and you get all four luscious flavors in one bite. Doesn’t that sound worth obsessing over?

So I’ve been experimenting with different versions of this dreamy dessert. I developed a Pina Colada Lush Cake, then followed up on that success with a tangy Lemon Lush Cake (recipe coming soon).  Then I thought I should try to branch out a bit from fruit flavors, so I started thinking about what other flavors would work in this cake-pudding combo. And right away the answer leaped out at me: butter pecan.

slice of butterscotch lush cake on a white plate

Once I had the initial idea, this Butterscotch Lush Cake practically came together on its own. I just added some chopped pecans to the crust layer, spread on the sweetened cream cheese, spread on a layer of creamy butterscotch pudding, and topped it all off with whipped topping and more pecans. With its rich, sweet combo of pecans and butterscotch, this may be my most decadent lush cake ever. At least, so far.

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So what is a lush cake, exactly?

  • Well, it’s not really a cake. It’s a sort of layered dessert with a cookie-like base topped with cream cheese, pudding, and whipped topping. Some versions leave out the pudding layer, and some have a more cake-like crust. Some people call it “lush dessert” or just plain “lush” to avoid confusion. Either way, it’s a super easy dessert everyone loves!

I can’t seem to get the butter and flour mixture just right. What am I doing wrong?

  • First, make sure you’re using cold butter. Dump it into the flour and cut it in with a pastry cutter, repeatedly pressing it through the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. If you don’t have a pastry cutter, you can cut the butter into small pieces and mush it into the flour with a fork. Or just pulse the butter and flour together in your food processor, working in short bursts. Once it has the right crumbly texture, stir in the pecans and press it into the pan.

How to make Butterscotch Lush Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13″ baking pan with non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
  2. Im bowl cut together your butter and flour until crumbs form, stir in your pecans.Cubed butter mixed into dry ingredientsmixing nuts into crust mixture
  3. Press into bottom of pan and bake in oven for 20 minutes, remove and cool completely.
  4. To make filling,  beat together your cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth, add in your whipped topping and beat again until combined, spread over crust, set aside.
  5. In another large bowl mix together your pudding and milk and whisk until combined and soft set, pour over filling layer, refrigerate 3-4 hours until set. 3 images showing the different cake layers being put in pan
  6. Before serving spread whipped topping over pudding layer and sprinkle with pecans.finished butterscotch lush cake, topped with chipped pecansfork picking up a piece of cake

 

4.91 from 10 votes

Butterscotch Lush Cake

This Butterscotch Lush Cake recipe is a sweet combo of pecans and butterscotch, this may be my most decadent lush cake ever.

Ingredients
 

Crust:

  • 1/2 cup butter cubed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup pecans

Filling:

  • 1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup whipped topping
  • Pudding Layer:
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • 2 3.4 oz pkg butterscotch pudding

Topping:

  • 1 8 oz container whipped topping
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13" baking pan with non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
  • Im bowl cut together your butter and flour until crumbs form, stir in your pecans.
  • Press into bottom of pan and bake in oven for 20 minutes, remove and cool completely.
  • To make filling,  beat together your cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth, add in your whipped topping and beat again until combined, spread over crust, set aside.
  • In another large bowl mix together your pudding and milk and whisk until combined and soft set, pour over filling layer, refrigerate 3-4 hours until set.
  • Before serving spread whipped topping over pudding layer and sprinkle with pecans.

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Nutrition

Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 494IU | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 1mg

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31 Comments

  1. “Instant” pudding?

    1. Yes Melaney. Although I believe the other cook and serve would work too.

  2. I want to try this but I will use homemade butterscotch pudding and real whipped cream. YUM!

    1. Sounds like a delicious idea!

  3. 4 stars
    I made a banana version of this recipe. I followed the crust directions but omitted the pecans.
    I also followed the cream cheese directions. But for the pudding I used 2 lg. Boxes of instant pudding 3 cups cold milk but split in half, to one 1/2 I added 2 ripened bananas and 1 cup of whipped topping folded them together til light and creamy . The other 1/2 I put on the crust first then cream cheese mix then the banana mix then topped it off with more whipped topping cooled as recommended. Hubby loves it.

    1. Yummy!!! I have a Banana Cream version of this recipe coming soon too. So yummy! Thanks for sharing Juanita!

    2. Due to a family allergy, I cannot use Cool Whip. How would I substitute real whipped cream or would that even work well?
      Thank you!!

    3. Real whipped cream should work out just fine

    4. Retta Sloan says:

      That sounds amazing! Gotta try that. Thanks Juanita!!

  4. Sandra Durham says:

    I made it the whole family loved it!

  5. Rochelle Bensette says:

    I have to skip nuts, how to adjust please, looking forward to making this, looks so delicious.

    1. You can simply leave them our Rochelle.