Banana Nut Cake


A very old banana nut cake recipe which has been handed down through my family.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs
1 9-inch 2-layer cake


  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 4 tablespoons buttermilk

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed

  • 1 cup chopped pecans (Optional)


  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

  • ¼ cup pecan halves, or to taste (Optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans.

  2. Separate the eggs and set aside.

  3. Stir the baking soda into the buttermilk. Cream 1/2 cup of the butter or margarine with the white sugar. 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 prepared pans.

  5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 minutes or until cakes test done. Let cakes cool in pans.

  6. To Make Icing: Cream 3 tablespoons butter or margarine with the confectioners' sugar. Stir in the heavy cream until well blended. Spread icing on to cooled cake layers. Top with pecan halves if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

457 Calories
21g Fat
66g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 457
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 199mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 49g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 195mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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