Hi everyone! Today we are sharing the ultimate scratch banana cake with you, AND as an added bonus: a butter pecan filling that is so good that it may not last long enough to even make it into the cake!
I’ve always loved banana bread, and this cake captures all of those wonderful flavors, but in the form of soft, super moist cake layers. This cake recipe is flavorful enough to enjoy all on it’s own, but why pass up an opportunity to pair it with butter pecan cream cheese frosting!
This combination of banana cake paired with cream cheese and butter pecan is a match made in heaven. Truly, it’s highly addictive.
This is the perfect cake recipe for fall gatherings or Thanksgiving celebrations, but your family and friends will enjoy it all year round! We certainly do!
Have fun experimenting with different frostings and fillings too, like chocolate or peanut butter buttercream filling. YUM! This tried and true scratch recipe is sure to become a favorite. Enjoy! xoxo
Banana Cake with Butter Pecan Cream Cheese Filling
Buttered Pecans for Filling:
- 2 cups (190g) chopped pecans
- 3 tablespoons (14g) butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three 8 inch pans
- 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
- 3 cups (375g) all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon (3g) cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons (12g) baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon (1g) salt
- 12 tablespoons (170g) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1 /2 cup mashed bananas (3 bananas)
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups (363g) buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons (8g) vanilla extract
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 cup (2 sticks, 226g) unsalted butter, softened. (Do not soften in microwave)
- 8 oz (226g) cream cheese (cool. no need to soften)
- 2 teaspoons (8g) vanilla extract
- 4 cups (420g) powdered sugar. add additional if needed
- Melt 3 tablespoons butter. When melted, add 2 cups chopped pecans and toss into butter to coat. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes, stirring several times. Set aside for later.
- FOR THE CAKE: (Makes 9 cups of batter)
- In the mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients, sugar, flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt. Turn on the mixer and blend for 30 seconds to incorporate ingredients
- Add the softened butter to the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl
- In a separate bowl, slice and mash the bananas, add lemon juice, eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla and buttermilk. Lightly mix these ingredients with a fork to blend
- Slowly add the banana/buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients beating on medium speed for 1 minute, scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl and beat another minute.
- Pour batter into the prepared pans and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until the cake springs back to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool the cakes 10 minutes on the rack and then turn out.
FOR THE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
- In the bowl of your mixer, blend the butter and cream cheese until just combined. Add vanilla, with mixer on low speed gradually add the powdered sugar. Mix until smooth and combined.
- For the filling, take out 1 1/2 cups of frosting and add 1 cup of the buttered pecans, stir to blend. Spread between the cake layers, extra pecans can be pressed into the filling, if you like. The extra pecans can also be used to decorate the top of the cake. The remaining cream cheese frosting will frost the cake.
- Recipe makes 4 to 4 1/2 cups
- This recipe was inspired by the "Banana Cake IV" recipe on Allrecipes.com
Cake Tip: To increase the moistness of your cake layers, cool another 10 minutes after removing from the oven, and while still very warm, double wrap the individual layers tightly in plastic wrap & freeze for up to a week. (To freeze longer, wrap the plastic-wrapped layers in aluminum foil and freeze for up to 2 months.) Even freezing your cake layers for a few hours will increase the moistness.
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