Banana Nut Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

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Banana Nut Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting Banana Nut Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Cook Time: 40 min
Difficulty: Easy

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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

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





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 love the easy adjustments you've provided to print your recipes. Love Deen Brothers lighter ones too. Do you have GLUTEN FREE ones too?? My doctor recommends WHEAT FREE AND GLUTEN FREE for me.

By Jeanne Farr on April 05, 2014


The cake was no cake it came out like bread!!!! It's good but! It's no cake. Frosting; I'm guessing i over beat it because it came out runny.

By Anonymous on January 03, 2014


im a diabetic so i need a low carb diet bannacake recipe and also a low carb lemmon pudding recipe. iusually use splenda to cook with.

By ray simons on December 18, 2013


This recipe sounds delicious Paula, can't wait to try it. I often make the cream cheese frosting, usually for my homemade carrot cake, this is the first time I have seen the recipe with butter in it, yum, bet that makes it even more creamier and rich. May have to adapt my old stand by cream cheese frosting. I usually use walnuts for everything, even my carrot cake, so don't know why you couldn't use walnuts instead of pecans if you wanted to. I think it's just a personal preference, and I prefer walnuts! Keep the fabulous recipes coming Paula, haven't tried one yet I didn't like(and probably never will)!!! :o)

By Deborah Aguirre on November 07, 2013


This is wonderful! I want to take this to a get together this week-end, but a layer cake is very inconvenient. What changes would I make to bake this in a 9x13 pan?

By BrendaH on October 03, 2013


Just looked up your Banana Cake recipe. I love your recipes and need to use up a couple of ripe bananas so I can get rid of those Fruit flies in my kitchen!!!! Always check our your recipes first. Hugs and prayers, Paula.

By Patricia Flierl on August 21, 2013


BEST CAKE EVER! I had some ripe bananas that I wanted to use, and didn't want to make banana bread again. This recipe had great reviews, so I decided to give it a try. It was super easy and quick to make. I used walnuts instead of pecans, since that's what I had on hand. I also adapted the frosting to make a cream cheese glaze. Other than those two minor changes, I followed the recipe exactly. I baked it in a bundt pan for about 40 minutes. I sent it to work with my husband to share with his co-workers. The exact text I got a few minutes ago is "Save recipe. Best cake ever. Almost gone. Thanks baby". I do believe this one will become my go-to use for those bananas we don't eat in time. Thank you Ms. Paula for making me look good and giving my husband bragging rights.

By ItsTerriC on July 13, 2013


Has anyone tried this with walnuts? I have tons of them I need to use.

By Terri Combs on July 12, 2013


Wow this is really good and so easy to make, so glade you shared this qith us. Thank you!!!

By Haven Gonzales on April 15, 2013


I forgot to say that I use Bakers Joy to spray the bundt pan. Came out perfect. You let the cake cool for a while and invert it onto a plate while it is still a little warm and it comes out easily.

By Janet Combs on February 27, 2013


I made this cake in a bundt pan (dark pan) 330 degrees for about 1 hour. It turned out wonderful. We loved it. I also keep it in the refrigerator because it has 2 dairy products in it. (cream cheese & butter). I also used 3 bananas. Worked out well. Love it! Janet

By Janet Combs on February 27, 2013


Was very e say to make love it

By Nana.c on December 03, 2012


Do you think its okay to make this in a bundt pan?

By trecia huntley on November 16, 2012


This cake is absolutely amazing. A breeze to make, very very good. It cooks well, and the frosting compliments the cake perfectly. Definitely a must try!

By Caroline on August 07, 2012


Love this cake! Paula's Banana cake has become a baking tradition for my first baby girl's bday cake! I've made this every year for 6 years! This year I'm making it in 2 round pans and 1 8x8 pan and It looks like it baked just fine. I'm actually going to make a buttercream frosting this time since I am making a bigger cake out of these! I can't wait to have a piece!

By Shannon on July 25, 2012


I really like the banana nut cake. I am going to try some more of your recipes.

By Pamela Turner on July 12, 2012


My sister bought a Gooey vanilla cake from qvc for the holidays about 5 years ago. Are they still available? How do I order one? My sister died and I can't remember what she told me. Thanks for your help. Susan

By Susan rossello on June 24, 2012


This cake turned out beautifully and was delicious. Everyone was so impressed at how awesome it looked and tasted. People even posted pics of it on FaceBook! Will definitely make this recipe again. I can see it becoming a special request from guests. Thanks so much Paula!

By Christy on April 03, 2012


This banana nut bread recipe is the best one I've tried. It is delicious. I have also made it with walnuts.

By Sylvia on October 24, 2011


I just love paula's recipes!!!!!!! And she's the GREATS

By Alma on September 22, 2011

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