Banana and Nut Cake

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    A very old banana and nut cake recipe which has been handed down through my family. The creamy icing and filling makes it something to look forward to.

    55 people made this

    Serves: 12 

    • Cake
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 4 tablespoons (80ml) buttermilk
    • 125g butter
    • 1 1/2 cups (330g) white sugar
    • 2 eggs, seperated
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 1 1/2 cups (185g) plain flour
    • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
    • 1 cup (115g) chopped pecans
    • Icing
    • 60g butter, softened
    • 2 cups (310g) icing sugar
    • 3 tablespoons thickened cream
    • To Assemble
    • pecan halves, optional

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    1. Cake: Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour two 23cm round cake tins.
    2. Stir the bicarb soda into the buttermilk. Cream the butter or margarine with the white sugar.
    3. Add the egg yolks and vanilla, beating well. Add flour alternately with the mashed bananas. Stir in the buttermilk mixture.
    4. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Stir the pecans into the cake batter then fold in the egg whites. Pour batter into the prepared cake tins.
    5. Bake at 180 degrees C for 25 minutes or until cakes test done. Let cakes cool in tins.
    6. Icing: Cream butter or margarine with the icing sugar. Stir in the thickened cream until well blended.
    7. To Assemble: Spread icing on to cooled cake layers. Top with pecan halves if desired.

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    cake is good and does not need frosting. I did everything as stated except I add only 1 cup of sugar and still tasted good and I also made it in a bundt pan.baked approx 40 min.  -  23 Jul 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Wow, was this cake good!! This was the same recipe my mom had in her recipe file, except hers called for shortening. Now I have it online! I HIGHLY recommend the icing she uses: 1 stick melted butter or margarine, 16 oz. box of powdered sugar, 1 mashed banana, 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Cream butter until fluffy, gradually add powdered sugar, and beat well. Beat in mashed banana. Stir in pecans. WOW! The cake looks so impressive with pecan halves pressed on the top outer layer, too. Thanks for the recipe!  -  28 Jan 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Very very good cake, I made this with whipped cream cream cheese frosting, also on this site, and used walnuts. It was delicous.  -  06 May 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)