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caramel pecan banana cake

(7 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Tresa Hargrove
Lawton, OK

Growing up in rural Oklahoma we had the only banana tree for miles. I took great care of 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 overnight. Of course, I believed everything Uncle Roy told me. Mom made a banana Bundt cake 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!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Caramel, bananas, AND pecans? What an amazing flavor combination... Why had we never thought to try this before?! This Bundt cake starts with a boxed cake mix. It's very impressive when served, no one would guess how easy it was to make. It's packed with banana and pecan flavor. Great recipe, Tresa!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(7 ratings)
yield 10 serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For caramel pecan banana cake

  • 5 md
  • 2 Tbsp
    lemon juice
  • 1 box
    pound cake mix (1lb box)
  • 1 box
    instant banana cream pudding mix, 3.5 oz
  • 2/3 c
    evaporated milk
  • 2 lg
  • 1/2 c
    melted butter
  • 1/2 c
    toasted pecans, chopped
  • 8
    toasted pecans, halved
  • 1 box
    butterscotch pudding mix, cook and serve kind, 3.5 oz
  • 2 Tbsp
    brown sugar

How To Make caramel pecan banana cake

  • Mashing bananas while the oven preheats.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mash 2 bananas and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Slicing the bananas.
    Slice remaining 3 bananas into 1/2 inch slices on an angle. Pour the remaining tablespoon of lemon juice on top and set aside.
  • Cake mix, banana pudding mix, milk, eggs, mashed bananas, and butter mixed together.
    Beat cake mix, banana pudding mix, milk, eggs, and 1/4 cup butter on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add mashed bananas in lemon juice and beat for 1 more minute. Let batter rest for 5 minutes.
  • Layering bananas and pecans.
    Meanwhile, spray 12 cup Bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray. Arrange 8 pecans halves in the deep wells of the pan. Top with sliced bananas (overlapping bananas) at the bottom of the Bundt pan.
  • Toasted pecans added to the Bundt pan.
    Sprinkle the 1/2 cup toasted pecans on top of bananas.
  • Butterscotch pudding mix, brown sugar, and butter sprinkled over bananas and nuts.
    Mix butterscotch pudding mix and brown sugar together and sprinkle over pecans. Pour remaining 1/4 cup melted butter over pudding mix. Let butter and pudding set for 5 minutes.
  • Cake mix added to the Bundt pan and in the oven.
    Pour cake mix over top of the butter pudding mixture. Bake in pre-heated 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Caramel Pecan Banana Cake cooling.
    Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
  • Caramel Pecan Banana Cake on a cake plate.
    Invert onto cake plate leaving pan on top for 15 minutes.