Banana Nut Layer Cake

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 35 min. + cooling


10-12 servings

Updated: Oct. 23, 2022
"This cake is the top choice of the 'birthday child' in our family!" says Patsy Howard of Bakersfield, California.


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg white
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and egg white. Add the buttermilk, bananas and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; stir into the creamed mixture. Stir in walnuts.
  2. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
  3. For filling, in a small saucepan, melt butter and brown sugar over medium heat. In a small bowl, combine flour and salt with a small amount of milk until smooth. Gradually add the remaining milk. Stir in egg yolk. Add to brown sugar mixture. Cook and stir over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Remove from the heat; add vanilla and nuts. Cool. Spread between cake layers. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Chill. Store in refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 436 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 396mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate (47g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.