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Banana-Pecan Cake

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  • Yield: Makes one 6-inch cake

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2003


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 1 cup sifted cake flour, (not self-rising), plus more for pan
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 very ripe large banana, mashed (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinammon
  • 1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
  • Sweetened whipped cream, for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 6-by-2-inch round cake pan. Line bottom with parchment paper; butter, and dust with flour. Set aside. Into a bowl, sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. In another bowl, whisk banana, buttermilk, and vanilla.

  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with banana mixture. Stir in pecans. Pour into pan; bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes. Run a knife around edge; invert onto a wire rack. Reinvert cake; let cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar, and serve with whipped cream if desired.

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  • MS10887298
    28 SEP, 2011
    PECAN is not missing. it is added at the end
      21 OCT, 2016
      Recipe states, "Add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with banana mixture. Stir in pecans."
  • Ceege
    4 AUG, 2011
    I wanted to save this in my folder, but noticed that the "pecan's" are missing from the list of ingredients. When they are added, I will try this recipe.
  • kaylarae
    24 APR, 2010
    This is delicious! To make it extra yummy I made a kind of streusel layer with butter, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon, layered it over half the batter and then spooned the rest over top. It made for a deliciously moist middle! This is definitely a keeper!