Banana and pecan layer cake

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    This wonderful cake can be enjoyed for afternoon tea or special occasions, such as birthdays. Two layers of banana cake are filled and topped with buttercream icing.

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    Serves: 12 

    • For the Cake
    • 2 eggs, separated
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 4 tablespoons buttermilk
    • 110g butter
    • 300g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 200g plain flour
    • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
    • 120g chopped pecans
    • For the Icing
    • 50g butter, softened
    • 240g icing sugar
    • 3 tablespoons whipping cream
    • To Decorate
    • pecan halves (optional)

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour two 23cm round cake tins.
    2. Stir together the bicarbonate of soda and buttermilk. Cream 110g butter with the caster sugar. Add the egg yolks and vanilla, beating well. Add flour alternately with the mashed bananas. Stir in the buttermilk mixture.
    3. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Stir the pecans into the cake batter then fold in the egg whites. Pour batter into prepared tins.
    4. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 25 minutes or until cakes test done. Let cakes cool in tins.
    5. Meanwhile, cream 50g butter with the icing sugar. Stir in the whipping cream until well blended. Spread over 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 US | 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 US | 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 US | Canada)