Yes, it is a little more effort than your average cake but, if you make it over a day or two, it doesn't seem as labor intensive. We made the pecan pie filling one day then the cakes the next. We assembled it and then it sat in the fridge overnight before we served it for a luncheon. The flavors really had time to mingle and it was delicious. If you like pecans and pie and cake and everything delicious then this is definitely the cake for you!