Banana Cake
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cloves
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 very ripe bananas, mashed to a pulp
  • White Icing:
  • 1 box (16 ounces) powdered sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, room temperature
  • 4 Tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Garnish: Extra chopped nuts (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9-by-13-inch baking pan; set aside.
  2. In large bowl of electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add nuts and raisins that have been tossed with part of the flour.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients and add to mixture in bowl. Add mashed bananas. Spoon into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 35-40 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool completely. Spread with icing and sprinkle with more chopped nuts, if desired.
  4. For Icing: In bowl of electric mixer, beat powdered sugar, stick of butter, milk, and vanilla together until of spreading consistency. Spread over cooled cake and sprinkle with chopped nuts, if desired.
Recipe by The Culinary Cellar at