Banana Nut Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Total Time:
1 hr 43 min
30 min
45 min
28 min

18 to 20 servings

  • Cake:
  • Butter, for greasing pans
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Frosting:
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), at room temperature
  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Cook's Note: This recipe is not formulated for a wedding cake, but for a normal size everyone can use. Increase as needed if you are making tiered or extra large cakes.

Butter and flour 3 (9-inch) round cake pans; set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.


In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add the eggs and oil and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened; do not beat. Stir in the banana, pecans, and vanilla. Divide the batter among the prepared pans and bake for 23 to 28 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the cake layers in the pans for 10 minutes, and then turn them out onto a rack to cool completely. While the cake cools, make the frosting.


In a bowl, blend together the cream cheese and butter. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla. Stir in the pecans, or reserve them to sprinkle over the frosted cake. Fill and frost the cake when it is completely cool.

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I followed each recipe in ingredients and measurements, but skipped adding nuts entirely. I also added 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt to my batter. This cake took an hour to bake in a 9 x 13 baking dish, and it made my entire house smell like heaven! The cake was so yummy! I loved the frosting as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed this recipe to the letter and went with my previous e4xperience for making this kind of cake: USE JUMBO EGGS. MAKE SURE THE BANANAS ARE OVER RIPE AND MUSHY. That will guarantee a very moist, delicious cake. I generally make this as a bunt cake without a frosting on top and occasionally will add 3/4 CUP OF CHOCOLATE CHI{PS and 1/2 A CUP OF SOUR CREAM to make sure everyone has something they love in it. I also use WALNUTS INSTEAD of PECANS. Ms. DEEN, your cake was a wonderful success in my kitchen! item not reviewed by moderator and published
first off let me tell you I have taken and received certificates in cake decorating from Wilton I am an expert baker just ask any of my friends or family this recipe is the WORST ever the frosting easy peasey I make something similar from scratch the cake as dense as a brick god awful I would NEVER recommend this recipe to ANYONE item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really delicious, but one cup of sugar is more then enough. I had to add a little bit of buttermilk to the dough because it turned out to be too thick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good as cake or muffins, with or without icing. Add 8 oz. crushed pineapple to make it REALLY good and moist. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It turned out great! But I rated it four stars because it was very dry and sloppy when I tried to mix the eggs and oil into the dry ingredients. It was just horrible (and I made sure everything was well measured. So I just added a small amount of buttermilk into the batter before adding the rest of the ingredients (the mashed bananas, vanilla and almonds. It expanded a lot in the oven and it's just wonderfully tasty!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Moist and Tasty. Simple to Make. Full of Flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and yummy! When I make it again, however, I will double the frosting recipe. There wasn't as much frosting between layers as I would have liked, and the frosting is soooo good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy! This was sooo easy and quick to make. I had several ripe bananas and didn't want them to go to waste. I found this recipe and in less than thirty minutes, I had a yummy dessert for after dinner! Made the house smell amazing and when my husband and two older boys came home, they all walked in and said, "what is that smell, that smells good!". I followed the recipe to a T and would not change a thing. Thanks Paula for all the great recipes you provide so we can make great things for our families! This beats banana bread any day, it's really moist. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the third time I have made this cake and it never disappoints. The 3 layers make it elegant. It is officially a family favorite!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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