Best Banana Pecan Cake

This is simply the best banana pecan cake!!  Freshly squeezed lemon juice and zest lend fruity flavor while pecans add crunch to this moist and delicious cake. The cream cheese frosting brings this over the top!!

I love baking with Bananas. The fact that I have many recipes here that use bananas is proof of how much I love this amazing fruit. It just adds so much flavor and moisture to any baked good. I love seeing the brown speckles in a banana bread. I often buy bananas just so I can make banana bread! Yes, I am truly bananas over bananas!

I already have a delicious tried and tested recipe for Banana Bread in this blog which has received so many wonderful reviews from our readers. I thought of adapting that same recipe to make a Banana Cake – with the same citrus flavor from freshly squeezed orange juice and grated zest added for that extra tang and yummy taste. As expected, the cake was moist and delightful. It being a cake, I have decided to add some delicious frosting as well. This truly enhances the already delectable cake. So you can imagine how your taste buds will sing joyfully when they savor each delicious mouthful. Hope you try this truly tasty cake soon!

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3 cups all-purpose Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt                                                                                                                                                                                        4 large very ripe Bananas, mashed*
3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice and zest of 1 Lemon or (4 Tablespoons fresh Orange juice plus zest of 1 Orange)
3/4 cup unsalted Butter, softened
1 1/2 cups Brown sugar (can use white, too and cake will be paler in color)
3 large Eggs
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cups Buttermilk
1 cup Pecans, chopped

*You can use a food processor to mash the bananas.
*You  can also use regular white sugar (cake is slightly darker if brown sugar is used).

For the frosting 

1/2 cup unsalted Butter, softened
1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
3 1/2 cups Icing Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract


Preheat the oven to 300 F (yes, that’s the right temperature). Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish. Set aside. If you are in a hurry you can also preheat to 325 F.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix the mashed bananas with the orange juice and zest. Set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat the eggs one at a time then add the vanilla extract. Stir in the banana-orange mixture. On low speed, alternately add the flour and the buttermilk to the mixture, beginning and ending with the flour. Gently fold in the nuts.

Transfer the batter to the prepared baking dish and bake in the preheated oven (300 F) for about 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If baking at 325 F, check cake around 45-50 minutes to see if it’s done. Oven heating varies so please adjust baking time accordingly.

For the frosting

Using an electric mixer, beat together the softened butter and cream cheese until smooth. On low speed, add the powdered sugar one cup at a time and continue until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Beat in the Vanilla extract. Spread evenly on top of the cooled cake. Place 1 or 2 whole pecans on each slice. Enjoy!

This is simply the best banana pecan cake!!  Freshly squeezed lemon juice and zest lend fruity flavor while pecans add crunch to this moist and delicious cake. The cream cheese frosting brings this over the top!!

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  1. November 9, 2014 / 7:58 pm

    Yum, completely irresistible!

  2. November 9, 2014 / 10:52 pm

    The buttermilk and orange zest must this cake amazing. I have to try this. I'd love it if you shared this at What'd You Do This Weekend tomorrow.


    • November 14, 2014 / 1:20 am

      Thanks for the kind invitation and hope you enjoy it.

  3. November 13, 2014 / 7:43 pm

    should this be bake in the lowest level in the oven?

    • March 9, 2015 / 10:39 pm

      Leave your rack in the middle level of the oven.

  4. April 21, 2015 / 3:49 am

    I luv banana-anythings and fantastic addition of using the orange juice and zest, will definitely be trying too! Thanks for sharing. 😉

  5. April 21, 2015 / 4:37 am

    I LOVE bananas in just about anything. This cake looks especially moist. It's on my must-try list.

  6. April 21, 2015 / 6:26 am

    This cake looks amazing, my kids love anything that involves bananas, they'll be thrilled when I make it!

  7. April 21, 2015 / 12:58 pm

    You are so right the orange will really enhance the flavor of this dish greatly!

  8. September 4, 2016 / 6:41 am

    this just looks so moist and delicious…brown sugar is great for this recipe xoxo

  9. Yvonne
    February 11, 2018 / 7:23 pm

    Can’t wait to bake it!

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