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Nutty Banana Cake Recipe

Nutty Banana Cake Recipe

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 YIELD: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 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


  • 1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture, beating just until combined. Fold in banana and pecans.
  • 2. Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 3. In a small mixing bowl, cream butter. 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. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional 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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Reviewed 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."

Reviewed Jul. 1, 2017

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

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed 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!"

Reviewed Jun. 20, 2013

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

Reviewed 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."

Reviewed May. 24, 2012

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

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2009

"This was great, except I used 3/4 t vanilla extact and 1/4 banana extract for the frosting, and got a rave review from coworkers. There was enough nuts in the frosting and cake to not add to the top, even though it looks nice."

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2009

"Looks and sounds so yummy, I'm printing this one out."

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