Pecan Layer Cake with Banana Icing

I have a green metal box full of my grandmother’s hand-written recipes. When I need some baking inspiration, I love to look through it and see what jumps out at me.

Recently, I came across one of her recipes for a banana icing. No cake, just the icing. As I started thinking of what kind of cake would go well with the icing, my mind kept returning to the idea of a pecan cake.

Pecan Layer Cake with Banana Icing combines a deliciously nutty cake with a sweet banana icing. Absolutely delicious! - Bake or Break

Never one to shy away from pecans, I dove in and made a new favorite cake packed with pecans and a hint of cinnamon. It proved to be a perfect complement to a simple, sweet banana icing. And, of course, I couldn’t resist serving it on one of my grandmother’s cake stands. Beautiful, isn’t it?

Pecan Layer Cake with Banana Icing is a wonderfully nutty cake with a simple banana icing. This one is always a hit! - Bake or Break

Pecan Layer Cake with Banana Icing

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Pecan Layer Cake with Banana Icing


    For the cake:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • For the icing:
  • 1 large banana
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 16 ounces confectioners’ sugar
  • 2-4 tablespoons coarsely chopped pecans, toasted (optional)


To make the cake:

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease two 9-inch round cake pans.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

Beat butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.

Gradually add flour mixture and mix until combined. Stir in sour cream. Stir in pecans.

Bake 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack.

To make the icing:

In a large bowl, mash banana. Stir in butter and lemon juice. Add sugar in 3-4 additions and mix until smooth and spreadable.

Place one cake layer on cake plate. Cover the top with half of the icing. Top with remaining cake layer. Cover the top with remaining icing. Garnish, if desired, with pecans.

Refrigerate cake until frosting has set (1-2 hours) before serving.

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  1. Monica April 6, 2012 Reply

    Yum! That cake looks and sounds amazing. I heard of Banana icing a while ago and was intreaged, I willl definitely have to give it a try!

  2. Sharon April 6, 2012 Reply

    Beautiful, indeed. And I have bananas on my counter right now…thank you!

  3. mireia April 6, 2012 Reply

    The stand is beautiful and the cake looks simple and very tasty :) Thanks for always sharing great recipes!!

  4. Hannah April 7, 2012 Reply

    I never would’ve though to put banana in icing. Props to your grandma.

  5. SimplyBakes April 8, 2012 Reply

    Omgygoodness look at that pure white icing on that buttery nutty cake! I always love a goood cake kudos to your grandma. Keep it up!
    -Simply Bakes

  6. Bella April 10, 2012 Reply

    You had me at banana icing! This cake looks amazing, so much, that I had to “pin” it! I trust this meets with your approval! :)

  7. Jenn Baker April 15, 2012 Reply

    Looks amazing! If only computers could provide taste tests.

  8. Kerry October 21, 2012 Reply

    When do you use the sour cream?!

  9. jennifer October 21, 2012 Reply

    Kerry, it’s in the 4th paragraph of the cake instructions. Right before the pecans are added.

  10. Amber S. November 10, 2012 Reply

    Due to a general lack of talent, I steer clear of layer cakes. :) Do you think this cake would work as a 13×9?

    • jennifer November 11, 2012 Reply

      Amber, I haven’t tried it as a 9×13, but the volume should be roughly the same. I think it will work.

  11. Amber S. November 11, 2012 Reply

    I am going to give it a shot! I will try to remember to post the results, I will probably forget! :(

  12. Dru Falco April 1, 2013 Reply

    Hi Jennifer! This recipe sounds incredible, especially the banana icing OMG, and I wanted to stop by to let you know I featured it in my Sunday Sweeties Easter Links :)

  13. Maria Wolff April 8, 2014 Reply

    Looks yummy! I’m going to make this for my Easter dessert! Will let you know how it turns out!

  14. Sophia July 3, 2014 Reply

    I made your cake and gave you credit. It was delicious.

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