Tresa Hargrove Recipe

Caramel Pecan Banana Cake

By Tresa Hargrove TresaKitchen

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Tresa's Story

Growing up in rural Oklahoma we had the only banana tree for miles. I took great care watering and weeding around it that when it didn't make any bananas the 1st year I was very upset. The next summer, My Uncle Roy, being the family trickster bought some bananas, put them on the tree and told me they grew over night. Of course I believed everything Uncle Roy told me. Mom made a banana bundt cake an with the fruit and I savored every single bite. I came up with this recipe in honor of my dad and uncle, who have since passed. Oh yes Uncle Roy also had me watering a round rock that grew too!

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Caramel, bananas AND pecans? What an amazing flavor combination... Why had we never thought to try this before?! Great recipe, Tresa!


5 medium
2 Tbsp
lemon juice
1 box
pound cake mix (1lb box)
3 1/2 oz
box instant banana cream pudding mix
2/3 c
evaporated milk
2 large
1/2 c
melted butter
1/2 c
toasted pecans, chopped
toasted pecans, halved
3 1/2 oz
box butterscotch pudding mix, cook and serve kind
2 Tbsp
brown sugar

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Collection: Holiday Baking
Hashtag: #Christmas

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Renée G. FormerlyNoreneGee
Feb 24, 2014
Tresa, I love that cute memory and I can't wait to make this yummy sounding cake. When I read just the first part of your note, I thought, "You had a banana tree? In Oklahoma? You had a banana tree? Really?? *still giggling*
Sea Sun Seasun
Feb 23, 2014
Pinched! Congrats!
Cheryl Slopak JimBobs
Feb 23, 2014
Bonnie Beck sailboat
Feb 20, 2014
"Oh yes Uncle Roy also had me watering a round rock that grew too!" Your sweet memories had me laughing....