Tennessee Banana-Black Walnut Cake with Caramel Frosting

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Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 ripe bananas
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chopped black walnuts

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream, plus more as necessary
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 16-ounce box confectioner’s sugar
2 cups finely chopped black walnuts, for garnish (optional)





Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans.

For the cake: In a medium bowl, stir together flour and baking soda; set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream together shortening and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in mashed bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla. Add flour mixture, mix until just combined. Stir in black walnuts.

Pour into prepared pans.  Bake for 35 minutes.  Cool in pans on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.  Remove from pans and cool completely. 

Meanwhile, prepare frosting.  Melt butter in saucepan.  Add brown sugar and cream.  Cook over medium-low heat for about 2 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and add vanilla. Transfer to a large bowl.

Using a handheld electric mixer, beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.  If frosting is too thick, add 1 tablespoon heavy cream at a time until consistency is right.  Sandwich 2 layers of cake with icing. Ice the outside of the cake. Surround sides of cake with crushed black walnuts.

*Cook’s note: DO NOT substitute English walnuts for black walnuts. 

Yield:  12 servings
Preparation time:  30 minutes
Cooking time:  40 minutes
Ease of preparation:  Easy

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My 11 year old granddaughter made this for my moms birthday ( her great grandmother who had told her about it she seen it on Paula Deans tv show ) she did it all herself including the icing and it was great we didn't have 2 round pans so she cooked it in an 13x9 pan and cooked for 25 mins it was wonderful and very moist. It was a hit!! Plus for her grade she got a A ++. Way to go Sydney.

By Liz on January 25, 2013


Use an ex. egg !! plain & simple

By Anonymous on January 23, 2013


People if you know that it is dry modifi it, people down south will not tell your their secrets to a cake recipes.

By Anonymous on October 27, 2011


why can i not use reg. walnuts instead of black walnuts?

By debbie on February 21, 2011


My family and I did not like,it didn't taste good, cake was dry and heavy. Will not make again

By Anonymous on June 26, 2010


I made this cake yesterday for my husband to carry to work and he complained it was to dry. JWith using 2 eggs did'nt seem very moist but has a great taste.

By Anonymous on March 26, 2010


This is an awesome cake. My husband is a Fireman and I baked this and took it to the dept. It didn't last 15 min. Be sure to try this one.

By fylena on July 28, 2009

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