BEST Banana Nut Cake with Banana Glaze

BEST Banana Nut Cake with Banana Glaze

Homemade Banana Cake with Irresistible Banana Glaze


It’s that time of the year again – a special occasion to celebrate the birthday of my beloved husband. Among all the birthday wishes and gifts, one thing he eagerly looks forward to is this heavenly Banana Cake. Passed down through generations in Matt’s family, this time-honored recipe holds a special place in our hearts, and it has become one of his absolute favorites. Allow me to take you on a journey as we recreate this cherished dessert that brims with the nostalgia of family traditions and the sweetness of love.

Crafting the Base

To begin our baking adventure, we gather the essential ingredients. The heart of this recipe lies in the use of Crisco, a versatile cooking fat that comes in a rectangular container. Opting for the convenient sticks makes the measurement process a breeze, as the markings are right on the side. With ¾ cup of Crisco, we set the foundation for a moist and flavorful cake. Next, we add 1½ cups of sugar, two eggs, and let our trusty stand mixer work its magic by creaming these ingredients into a harmonious blend.

A Symphony of Flavors

The symphony of flavors continues with the gradual addition of 1½ cups of flour, cascading into the mixture while the sugar, Crisco, and egg dance in the mixer. The next step involves two key players – 1 teaspoon each of baking soda, salt, and vanilla extract, infusing the cake with the perfect balance of sweetness and depth.

Bananas – The Crown Jewel of the Banana Cake

Enter the crowned jewel – the bananas! Not one to let perfectly ripe bananas go to waste, I’ve cleverly frozen and thawed them, turning them into a delightful puree. The delightful mush of two bananas now joins the mixture, carefully mixed in to ensure a lusciously moist texture throughout the cake. Scraping the sides of the bowl, ensure that every morsel of banana goodness is fully incorporated.

The Buttermilk Magic: A Clever Substitute

Traditionally, this recipe calls for buttermilk, but our well-stocked pantry sometimes surprises us with unexpected shortages. However, fear not, as we unveil a clever kitchen trick. Did you know that a simple combination of milk and a dash of white vinegar creates a wonderful buttermilk substitute? Though it requires a brief wait for the magical transformation to occur, the end result is worth the patience. With ¼ cup of milk and a tiny cap-full of white vinegar, we create our very own buttermilk substitute, adding it gracefully to the batter.

Pecans in Perfect Harmony

As we take this cake to new heights, I like to enrich it with a touch of nuttiness. While the choice of nuts is yours to make, we love to add pecans. A cup of chopped pecans gracefully joins the party, infusing every bite with a nutty crunch.

A Warm Embrace: Baking to Golden Perfection

To embrace this creation, prepare a large rectangular glass baking dish with a gentle coat of leftover Crisco, ensuring the cake releases with ease. Once the batter is evenly spread, lovingly place it into the preheated oven, set at 350 degrees, and let it bake to golden perfection for approximately 30-40 minutes (may be longer depending on your oven). The enticing aroma that fills the air whispers promises of an unforgettable treat to come.

Crafting the Banana Glaze

As our cake bakes, seize the opportune moment to craft the Banana Glaze. This delightful concoction features chunks of banana, paired with a touch of sweetness. In the same cup that we previously mixed the bananas, introduce yet another banana, stirring and mashing it to perfection. A tablespoon of melted butter adds a creamy richness, while a cup of powdered sugar imparts the desired sweetness to this delectable glaze.

A Cake Worth Celebrating

As the cake emerges from the oven, allow it to cool slightly, just enough to prepare for the grand finale. The Banana Glaze is carefully spread over the warm cake, enveloping it in a heavenly embrace. Each spoonful promises a symphony of flavors, weaving together the beloved taste of bananas with the warmth of nostalgia.


As we gather around the table to celebrate this special occasion of Matt’s birthday, the Banana Cake stands a timeless treasure reflecting the bonds of family and the joy of shared traditions. Its crumbliness, nutty allure, and creamy banana glaze create a symphony of flavors that will dance upon your taste buds, evoking cherished memories with every bite. The magic of this homemade delight resonates not only in its deliciousness but in the love and care that goes into every step of its creation. So, the next time you seek a dessert that speaks of love and celebration, allow this Banana Cake with its irresistible Banana Glaze to take center stage and enchant all who are fortunate enough to savor its charm.

BEST Banana Nut Cake with Banana Glaze



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    • For the Cake
    • ¾ cup Crisco (in sticks)


    • 1½ cups sugar


    • 2 eggs


    • 1½ cups all-purpose flour


    • 1 teaspoon baking soda


    • 1 teaspoon salt


    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


    • 2 ripe bananas, mashed


    • ¼ cup milk


    • A small cap-full of white vinegar


    • 1 cup chopped pecans (or your preferred nuts)

    • For the Glaze
    • 1 ripe banana, mashed

    • 1 tablespoon melted butter

    • 1 cup powdered sugar


    • In a standing mixer bowl (or a large mixing bowl), add ¾ cup of Crisco, which can be conveniently measured using the markings on the sticks.

    • Incorporate 1½ cups of sugar into the Crisco, followed by 2 eggs. Using the stand mixer (or a hand mixer), cream the ingredients together until well combined and fluffy.

    • Gradually add 1½ cups of all-purpose flour to the sugar, Crisco, and egg mixture while the mixer continues to run. Add the flour little by little to ensure a smooth and even incorporation.

    • Stir in 1 teaspoon each of baking soda, salt, and vanilla extract into the batter, ensuring a delightful balance of flavors in the cake.

    • Take 2 ripe bananas and mash them into a puree. Add the mashed bananas to the batter, scraping the sides of the bowl to ensure thorough mixing.

    • In a separate cup, combine ¼ cup of milk with a small cap-full of white vinegar to create a clever buttermilk substitute. Allow it to sit for a few minutes to work its magic.

    • Once the milk and vinegar mixture has transformed into a buttermilk substitute, gently pour it into the cake batter, blending it in to enhance the cake's moistness and tenderness.

    • Add a cup of chopped pecans (or your preferred nuts) into the batter, infusing the cake with a delightful crunch and nutty allure.

    • Take a little bit of the leftover Crisco and grease a large rectangular glass baking dish. This ensures easy release of the cake once it's baked.

    • Carefully pour the batter into the greased baking dish, spreading it out evenly.

    • Place the dish in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius) and bake for approximately 30-40 minutes until the cake turns golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

    • While the cake bakes, let's prepare the Banana Glaze. Take 1 ripe banana and mash it to create a chunky puree. Add 1 tablespoon of melted butter to the mashed banana, enhancing the glaze's creaminess. Stir in 1 cup of powdered sugar into the banana and butter mixture, adding just the right amount of sweetness to the glaze.

    • Once the cake is out of the oven, allow it to cool slightly but not completely. Carefully spread the Banana Glaze over the warm cake, ensuring an even distribution of the luscious topping.

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