The melding of banana, coconut and pecans give this cake a unique flavor. Best if made a day before serving.

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
50 mins
additional:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
2 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9-inch layer cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Banana Nut Coconut Cake:
Banana Nut Frosting:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans or one 9x13-inch pan.

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  • In a medium bowl, cream together white sugar and 1/2 cup butter. Mix in eggs and 3 mashed bananas.

  • Sift together flour and baking soda in a separate bowl. Add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, mixing well after each addition. Blend in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Fold in 1 cup of pecans and 1 cup coconut. Pour batter into prepared pans.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks.

  • To Make Frosting: Cream together 1/2 cup butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in 1 medium mashed banana, 1 cup pecans, 1 cup coconut and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Nutrition Facts

708 calories; protein 6.2g; carbohydrates 99.3g; fat 34.3g; cholesterol 71.9mg; sodium 267.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (47)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2007
Awesome! I made this the day before as suggested. Took to a bbq and it was gobbled up before all the other desserts and I got tons of compliments. This is dense and rich but oh so yummy. I cut the coconut and pecans in half for both the cake and the frosting and it was perfect and saved a lot of unnecessary calories. I also used sour cream in place of the buttermilk. I only used 3 cups of powdered sugar for the frosting and added 4 oz cream cheese. Not runny OR too sweet just right!! This is a keeper thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/26/2008
I love banana cake and since I love coconut too thought this would be a good recipe to try. The texture and taste of this "cake" is just like banana bread. I agree with the review posted 10/10/07 it is disappointing to go to the time and effort of baking a cake only to end up with banana bread (or snack cake). Even though I am a coconut lover I didn't think the coconut added anything at all to either the cake or the frosting. Both the cake and the frosting were too sweet for our tastes. Also the directions could have been more descriptive. 1) "Bake 45 to 50 minutes" most likely applies when baking in a 9" x 13" pan not 9" round cake pans (although recipe directions say either can be used). I used the 9" round cake pans; set the timer for 30 minutes; and checked on at 20 minutes. Cakes were already pulling away from pan and were done using touch test. 2) "3 ripe bananas mashed" would have been better if stated how many cups of mashed bananas as bananas vary in size so much. 3) Step 4 of recipe directions does not say anything regarding when to remove cake from pan. I removed after 10 minutes and cooled the rest of the way on cooling racks. Read More
(14)
55 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 33
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2007
Awesome! I made this the day before as suggested. Took to a bbq and it was gobbled up before all the other desserts and I got tons of compliments. This is dense and rich but oh so yummy. I cut the coconut and pecans in half for both the cake and the frosting and it was perfect and saved a lot of unnecessary calories. I also used sour cream in place of the buttermilk. I only used 3 cups of powdered sugar for the frosting and added 4 oz cream cheese. Not runny OR too sweet just right!! This is a keeper thanks! Read More
(37)
Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2007
I am eating this right now and lemme tell you it really hits the spot! I followed the recipe exactly but instead of making a cake i made cupcakes!!! Its moist not too dense to be a cake (its much fluffier!) and has the most perfect combination of flavors. Oh yeah i used macadamia nuts instead of whatever they used and i chopped it up so i get a little bit of crunch in ever bite! The coconut gives it a subtle kick from the regular banana cake/bread... i love it! Also since everyone said the frosting was too sweet i only used 2.5 cups of sugar and it turned out great because the sweetness isn't overpowering compared to the banana flavor. I also sprinkled the coconut flakes and nuts on top of the frosting instead of mixing it in...... I LOVE IT! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/01/2004
Might just be my oven but 45 minutes is too much time to cook... probably would have been done by 35. What saved the cake for me was the frosting... very good!! A substitution I made that I think helps is using rum instead of the buttermilk. Also what helped me is that I drank a lot of the rum and I was pretty much smashed when I ate this cake later. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2003
I will be making this recipie again.I do not normally like bananna cake but the coconut andnuts gave this a nice combination. I used walnuts.Next time i will be lowering the suger content.I found that the icing was not necessary.This ias a perfect cake for summer. The only complaint that i have that this is an ugly looking cake but it tastes superb. Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2007
excellent cake recipe! I made a few changes and it came out great! I cut the coconut and pecans to 3/4 cup added an extra banana used sour cream instead of buttermilk and used rum extract instead of vanilla. Also I used a bundt pan and baked it for 50 min. I also used rum extract in the frosting. The frosting is very good but very sweet. I'll probably just make a glaze for it next time because the frosing was too sweet and it was hard to frost the bundt cake. Can't wait to try it with the glaze! Read More
(14)
Rating: 2 stars
09/26/2008
I love banana cake and since I love coconut too thought this would be a good recipe to try. The texture and taste of this "cake" is just like banana bread. I agree with the review posted 10/10/07 it is disappointing to go to the time and effort of baking a cake only to end up with banana bread (or snack cake). Even though I am a coconut lover I didn't think the coconut added anything at all to either the cake or the frosting. Both the cake and the frosting were too sweet for our tastes. Also the directions could have been more descriptive. 1) "Bake 45 to 50 minutes" most likely applies when baking in a 9" x 13" pan not 9" round cake pans (although recipe directions say either can be used). I used the 9" round cake pans; set the timer for 30 minutes; and checked on at 20 minutes. Cakes were already pulling away from pan and were done using touch test. 2) "3 ripe bananas mashed" would have been better if stated how many cups of mashed bananas as bananas vary in size so much. 3) Step 4 of recipe directions does not say anything regarding when to remove cake from pan. I removed after 10 minutes and cooled the rest of the way on cooling racks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2003
I searched far and wide for something cake-like that involves pecans and wasn't hard to make. I came upon this recipe and although the cake was intended for my boyfriend his whole family ate it up and maybe he got a tiny sliver (?). They all raved about it and want me to make it the next time they're in town. However when I tried to frost the cake with the banana nut frosting I got liquid instead of frosting. Am I doing something wrong? I'll probably just stick with the funky looking (but good tasting) cake without the frosting. Read More
(9)
Rating: 4 stars
08/04/2003
Very good! My family gobbled it down. The only issue I had was my frosting came out too thin but still it was delicious. Next time I will use walnuts as they are more readily available than pecans in our area. This recipe is worth trying. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2011
This was delicious! I subbed coconut milk for the buttermilk and it was delicious. I also only put a couple tbsp of the coconut since we're not big fans of the texture. I Also used a different frosting which I flavored with coconut extract. Read More
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