A favorite banana cake recipe that I have used for everything from a brunch treat to a requested birthday cake to a potluck. It always get rave reviews. It's the combination of the caramel icing and the bananas that tickles everybody's taste buds.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
50 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 40 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
1 fluted tube cake
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Cake:
Caramel Icing:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a fluted tube pan (such as Bundt®).

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  • Combine 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix in pecans. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in another bowl.

  • Beat 1 cup sugar and shortening together with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in banana, eggs, and vanilla extract. Add sour cream and mix until just blended. Add flour mixture and beat until blended.

  • Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar-nut mixture into the prepared cake pan. Top with 1/2 of the cake batter. Follow with remaining nut mixture and cake batter.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then turn the cake out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add brown sugar and milk. Bring to a boil; continue to boil for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract; mix in powdered sugar gradually. Top the cooled cake with the frosting.

Cook's Note:

This icing hardens up rather quickly so you need to work fast. If it hardens up too quickly for you add some more milk (not too much) to thin it out.

Nutrition Facts

380 calories; protein 3.4g; carbohydrates 58.2g; fat 15.6g; cholesterol 38.3mg; sodium 194.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (5)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2020
This was really good had old frozen bananas which gave it a great flavor but I should have cooked the frosting longer it was sugary. Yes, I would do it again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/27/2020
I was excited to make, but it was average at best. Followed all directions/ingredients as written. Cake was dry (considering it had both bananas and sour cream) and didn't have a strong banana flavor. Tasted like weak banana bread with a caramel icing. I didn't have any trouble with the icing. Made as directed and let it cool a little bit until it thickened up. Had enough to ice two cakes, but I used it all. It hardens up and becomes quite thick. The icing was really the only saving grace that made it three stars for me. Read More
5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2020
This was really good had old frozen bananas which gave it a great flavor but I should have cooked the frosting longer it was sugary. Yes, I would do it again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2020
very good Read More
Rating: 3 stars
03/27/2020
I was excited to make, but it was average at best. Followed all directions/ingredients as written. Cake was dry (considering it had both bananas and sour cream) and didn't have a strong banana flavor. Tasted like weak banana bread with a caramel icing. I didn't have any trouble with the icing. Made as directed and let it cool a little bit until it thickened up. Had enough to ice two cakes, but I used it all. It hardens up and becomes quite thick. The icing was really the only saving grace that made it three stars for me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2020
Made as directed except used light brown sugar in the icing. Great flavors, very sweet, lots of icing--wouldn't change a thing! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/27/2020
We made the cake, always add less sugar, just a personal preference. But the icing was soup and we had to make again, with 2 more cups of powdered sugar and then enough of the 'soup' to make the right consistency. Read More
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