Louisiana Stranger Cake

Need a quick dessert? This Louisiana Stranger Cake couldn’t be easier or tastier. Just a boxed cake mix, frosting, 3 other ingredients & bake. Done & done!

Louisiana Stranger Cake pin | 2 Cookin Mamas A moist & delicious cake that's so easy to make. Start with a boxed cake mix and a can of frosting, add a few eggs and dessert is on the table. #recipe

Have you ever heard of Louisiana Stranger Cake? Me either (well, up until this recipe)! I just couldn’t imagine what type of cake would have such an unusual name and was so intrigued by it that I decided it was time to find out more about it. I actually first saw the recipe for it last year while looking through Pinterest recipes (I mean doesn’t everyone save a ton of recipes and tell themselves they are going to make them some day?) and have been wanting to try it ever since.

I first found the recipe on Take two Tapas, whose website I love, but have since found the recipe just about everywhere. Isn’t it always strange when you find something and think it’s something no one has seen before and then see it wherever you look? That happened to me a few years ago with a new car I bought. I thought I would be one of the first to have it in town and, of course, everywhere I went I saw one. Well, so much for being first!

Louisiana Stranger Cake ingredients | 2 Cookin Mamas

Anyway, back to the cake. I finally got the chance to make it when I was invited to my neighbor’s house to celebrate their friends’ marriage.  I thought about baking my award winning Key Lime Cake or Chocolate Pound Cake but I really wanted to try something a bit different. Being that the newlyweds were from Italy I thought it might be nice to welcome them with a “stranger” cake. Appropriate don’t you think? You might think I’m kind of crazy to make something that I haven’t tried before for a party but I always remember my father-in-law’s saying “If it’s bad they’ll help you eat it up and if it’s good they’ll rave about it and think you’re a great cook”. Smart man!

Louisiana Stranger Cake before and after | 2 Cookin Mamas

As it turns out this cake was phenomenal! It was moist, full of nutty flavor and really quite easy to make. (and tastes even better the next day!) All you basically need is a cake mix and a can of frosting and a few things from the fridge and that’s it!

Louisiana Stranger Cake cut | 2 Cookin Mamas

Now that I know how great it comes out I’m wondering just how it would taste with different cake mixes and frosting. I’m dying to try a German Chocolate Cake  version (chocolate & the same coconut-pecan frosting) and see what happens. Stay tuned!

Louisiana Stranger Cake slice1 | 2 Cookin Mamas

Now, as to how it got it’s name, it’s anybody’s guess. I tried looking it up and all I found were guesses as to its possible history but no one seems to know the real story.  I thought it might be a cake that was made to welcome new people (strangers) to the neighborhood (of course, then they probably would have called it the Welcome Wagon Cake), maybe its because some might think it’s strange to put icing in a cake or maybe, now this is a stretch, lol, the first person to ever make the cake was a stranger from Louisiana. I guess I’ll never know but at least I have a delicious, quick & easy cake to make whenever I need it. And I know I’ll be making it again real soon!

Louisiana Stranger Cake

Yield: Makes 1 cake

A cake can’t get much easier than this one. Just a boxed cake mix, frosting & 3 other ingredients. Bake & done. A tasty, moist & deliciously nutty flavored dessert.

5 minPrep Time

50 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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  • 1 Butter Pecan boxed cake mix
  • 1 can coconut pecan frosting
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease & flour a bundt pan.
  2. Place all ingredients in mixer, including the frosting, and blend well.
  3. Pour into prepared bundt pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool in cake pan for 10-15 minutes. Invert onto wire rack and let cool completely.
  5. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.


Option: You can also drizzle a vanilla glaze or melted chocolate over the top once cake is cool.


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  1. PamPam says:
    This sounds very similar to something my mom used to call "visiting cake." I'll have to keep this recipe handy for when I'm missing her!
    • Linda Warren says:
      I love that name, visiting cake, and it goes right along with the new neighbors concept. And I love the fact that you associate it with your mom. I do the same thing with my mom's cheesecake. It always brings a smile to my face. Hope it comes close to moms.
  2. Jennifer says:
    So glad you like my site! This cake is one of my friends favorite cake and ask me to make it for him all the time!! I love the term welcome Wagon cake too! Doesn't sound as strange!

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