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Nutty Banana Cake

Sweet, buttery frosting and a sprinkling of chopped nuts top this yummy cake that's loaded with banana and pecan flavor. Serve it with a steaming cup of coffee...or a cold glass of milk. —Marlene Saunders, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • 2 to 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
  • Additional chopped pecans, optional


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture just until combined. Fold in banana and pecans.
  • Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the milk, vanilla, salt and enough confectioners' sugar to achieve spreading consistency. Stir in toasted pecans. Frost cake. Garnish with additional pecans if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 608 calories, 36g fat (14g saturated fat), 103mg cholesterol, 476mg sodium, 70g carbohydrate (51g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • bicktasw
    Apr 15, 2020

    Delicious cake! I used walnuts (toasted) instead of pecans and for the icing, I used 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup shortening (Crisco). The cake was dense and moist and the icing was the perfect topping. Since my husband doesn't like bananas, this 8X8-inch cake is the perfect size for a family of 2!

  • Loiscooks
    Aug 20, 2017

    Nice banana flavor, but more like banana bread than banana cake. After cutting off a small piece to see how it turned out, I decided to omit the frosting. It was good, but I prefer a cake-like texture.

  • 2124arizona
    Jul 1, 2017

    This nutty banana cake is sooo good. We made it for gifts one Christmas!! We love it!!

  • BrownieQueen2
    Apr 12, 2017

    Banana cake is one of my favorites so I have tried many recipes over the years. This is one of the best and it is easy & fast to make! I added 4 oz. of cream cheese to the frosting and adjusted the milk to make the right consistency for the frosting.

  • CookerBee
    May 13, 2016

    This cake was quite good. I was only surprised at the calorie amount. To compensate for that. I cut the amount of icing in half and just used 1/4 cup of pecan pieces in the icing. I also left out the pecans in the cake. They were not needed. The banana cake made a nice soft flavorful cake. I then baked it in a 9" pan and cut into 16 instead of 9 servings. I would make this again for company. Thank you so much.

  • AustinCFoster
    Sep 1, 2014

    Cake was soooo good. I put a bit more pecans in, and the frozen ripe banana I had was perhaps a bit large, so I baked for 40 minutes with foil over the last 10 to prevent over browning. It came out perfectly done. I used a cream cheese frosting from Skinnytaste without any of the butter, and I swear you wouldn't miss it once it's on the cake. Saved a bunch of calories!

  • crae773
    Jun 20, 2013

    This is just like banana bread* so tasty, and delicious! have made over 4 times now... a great recipe

  • lmsls
    May 10, 2013

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  • Worshipguy
    Jul 14, 2012

    I loved all the pecans, but the frosting was very sweet so next time I'll add the confectioners' sugar 1/2 cup at a time.

  • smr203
    May 24, 2012

    It was moist and had great flavor. I put cream cheese frosting on ours. That added to the flavor.