Old Fashioned “Sad” Cake

This Old Fashioned Sad Cake only has 5 ingredients & has a great butter pecan flavor. It’s called that because it rises as it bakes & falls as it cools.

'Sad' Cake in a rectangle pan

Today’s recipe comes from my personal vintage recipe collection and is titled – ‘Sad’ Cake. You would think that a recipe called that might not taste good but let me tell you… it’s delicious and super easy to make!

So, why is it called Sad Cake?

The name comes from how the cake rises in the oven, and then sinks as it cools. The result is a gooey and slightly chewy cake that reminds me of a Butter Pecan Gooey Butter Cake.

It only has 5 ingredients. You just stir all the ingredients in a bowl, spread it in your cake pan, & bake. That’s it. Easy-peasy.

'Sad' Cake in a rectangle cake pan

'Sad' Cake in a rectangle cake pan

What ingredients do you need to make this recipe?

Here’s what the cast of ingredients looks like! There is a printable recipe below this ingredient list with the exact measurements.

  • Bisquick
  • eggs
  • brown sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • chopped pecans
Newspaper recipe clipping for Sad Cake

My Vintage Recipe Clipping for ‘Sad’ Cake

'Sad' Cake in a rectangle pan
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Old Fashioned 'Sad' Cake


  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 4 eggs
  • 2-1/3 cups brown sugar (about 1 pound)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • Mix all the ingredients and put in a 13x9" buttered pan (or spray it with nonstick cooking spray). Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. It will rise will baking, then fall.