Ellen Bales


Another great recipe from Indy Star employee Jewell Gatewood. Jewell says this cake is very moist and very delicious.

★★★★★ 1 vote
45 Min
30 Min



1 c
pecans, toasted and finely chopped
3 c
all purpose flour
2 c
granulated white sugar
1 tsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp
1 tsp
ground cinnamon
3 large
eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 c
safflower oil (or corn oil or canola oil)
1 1/2 tsp
vanilla extract
1 can(s)
(8 oz.) crushed pineapple, with juice
2 c
mashed ripe bananas (3 - 4 medium)


1/4 c
unsalted butter, softened
1 pkg
(8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 box
(1 #) confectioners' sugar
1 tsp
vanilla extract
1/2 c
pecans, finely chopped and toasted


pecans halves, toasted


1Place 2 cups pecan HALVES on a baking sheet and toast in a preheated 350-degree oven for about 8-10 minutes. When cool, finely chop 1-1/2 cups of the pecans, reserving 1/2 cup pecan HALVES. Set aside.
2FOR CAKE: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
3In another large bowl, mix the eggs, oil, vanilla, pineapple, bananas, and 1 cup of the chopped pecans. Add this mixture to the flour mixture and stir until combined thoroughly.
4Evenly divide the batter between two round cake pans that have been buttered or sprayed with cooking spray and lined with parchment paper.
5Bake in a 350-degree oven on the center rack for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
6Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Then invert the cake layers onto the rack and cool completely.
7FOR FROSTING: In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on low speed until completely smooth, with no lumps. Gradually add the sugar and beat on low speed until smooth. Add the vanilla and 1/2 cup chopped pecans. Mix thoroughly.
8ASSEMBLY: Place one cake layer top-side down on a serving plate. Frost the top of layer with 1/3 of the frosting. Place the other layer top-side up on top of the frosted bottom layer. Spread top and sides with the remaining frosting. Garnish with remaining pecan halves.
9Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.
10Jewell Gatewood, provider of this recipe.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy
Hashtags: #moist, #nutty, #HEAVENLY