Meet the Cook: When I was a girl, this was my family's favorite Sunday cake. Since I'm "nuts" about nuts, I added the pecans. It became our youngsters' favorite as well.
My husband and I have four grown children and seven grandchildren.
-Arlene Grenz, Linton, North Dakota
This delicious spice cake is bursting with the fresh flavor of ripe bananas and zesty orange peel. "I've packed lots of spices into my favorite healthy dessert," comments Sharon Carroll of Whittier, California.
Banana cake is a typical standby for many home bakers, but Jacqueline Kudron jazzes up her version with crushed pineapple and maraschino cherries. "Is there any way to lighten it up without losing the great taste and moist texture?" she asks from Dracut, Massachusetts. See the recipe for Makeover Old-Fashioned Banana Cake to find out how we answered Jacqueline's question.