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.

Moist super easy cake starts with a cake mix

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, 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

How did Louisiana Stranger Cake gets its name?

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. 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. Hey, then they probably would have called it the Welcome Wagon Cake. lol Maybe its because some might think it’s strange to put icing in a cake. could be! My last guess, and this is a bit of a stretch, 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.


5 from 2 votes
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
55 mins
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.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: louisiana cake, stranger cake
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 344 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
  • 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.
Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 344 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 305mg13%
Potassium 200mg6%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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  • Reply
    12/11/2019 at 12:22 am

    5 stars
    Cake is super moist and delicious..i will be making again..i do wish my powder sugar wouldn’t of melted into my COOL cake.
    I sprinkled the next day

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      12/15/2019 at 8:58 pm

      Mine normally does fine but I always add some more just prior to serving to make it look fresh and white. A little more sugar is always a good thing, right?! lol

  • Reply
    Skye Dumoulin
    04/18/2018 at 10:02 pm

    5 stars
    I made it tonight and it’s DELICIOUS!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      04/19/2018 at 9:00 am

      I’m so glad you liked it! Save a piece for me! lol

  • Reply
    10/09/2016 at 9:06 pm

    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!

  • Reply
    Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking Disorder
    07/19/2016 at 10:44 pm

    Louisiana Stranger Cake – huh. I think it will remain a culinary mystery forever! What a cute concept however 🙂

  • Reply
    sweetteasweetie (@SweetTSweetie)
    07/19/2016 at 1:15 pm

    I’ve never heard of this cake before but it looks so delicious!

  • Reply
    07/19/2016 at 10:48 am

    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!

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      08/01/2016 at 9:51 am

      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.

  • Reply
    Jennifer Ludwigsen
    07/19/2016 at 10:08 am

    Sounds delicious!!! I love nutty cakes with neat names and regardless of the mysterious history, I would be over the moon to be welcomed to the neighborhood with this beauty! 🙂

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      08/01/2016 at 9:52 am

      My sentiments too Jennifer! Anyone can make me this cake whenever they want. 🙂

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