Banana Pecan Sheet Cake with Maple Frosting

Banana Pecan Sheet Cake with Maple Frosting
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A classic banana cake brought to a whole new level!  Moist, sweet cake baked with pecans and topped with a delicious maple frosting, and brown sugar glazed pecans, this cake is perfect for any and every occasion!

A classic banana cake brought to a whole new level!  Moist, sweet cake baked with pecans and topped with a delicious maple frosting, and brown sugar glazed pecans, this cake is perfect for any and every occasion!

As a kid, whenever we had a few over-ripe bananas sitting on the counter, we made one of two things – banana bread, or banana cake.  To this very day, both are dear favorites of mine. Particularly with banana cake, the wonderful aroma that comes from the oven immediately takes me back to my childhood.  Enjoying a big slice with lots of frosting was always such a treat.

Now that I live in the south, I’ve turned this classic banana cake from my childhood into a #SweetandSouthern dessert by adding plenty of pecans and the South’s favorite sugar, Dixie Crystals!  However, you don’t need to live in the south to enjoy this amazingly delicious Banana Pecan Sheet Cake with Maple Frosting.

A classic banana cake brought to a whole new level!  Moist, sweet cake baked with pecans and topped with a delicious maple frosting, and brown sugar glazed pecans, this cake is perfect for any and every occasion!

The cake is wonderfully moist, as I add a bit of sour cream to keep the batter smooth.  The frosting may be my favorite part of this recipe, as the fantastic maple flavor is perfect complimentary to the sweet cake below.  For a pretty topping, I added some Brown Sugar Glazed Pecans – these add a wonderful sweet crunch to the cake, and are a fantastic golden brown garnish to this already glorious dessert!

A classic banana cake brought to a whole new level!  Moist, sweet cake baked with pecans and topped with a delicious maple frosting, and brown sugar glazed pecans, this cake is perfect for any and every occasion!

With just a few steps, this cake comes together easily.  I start by glazing and toasting the pecans, as they will need a bit of time to cool.  Once the cake comes out of the oven, you’ll be able to mix up your frosting, and then top with pecans.  It’s a great dessert to make ahead for a pot-luck, party, or get-together with friends and family!

A classic banana cake brought to a whole new level!  Moist, sweet cake baked with pecans and topped with a delicious maple frosting, and brown sugar glazed pecans, this cake is perfect for any and every occasion!

In just a few short weeks I’ll be traveling to Atlanta to attend the Blog Life University Conference.  Dixie Crystals is one of our wonderful sponsors for the event, and I’m thrilled to be entering this delicious cake recipe in the Sweet n’ Southern Desserts recipe contest.  You’ll see Dixie Crystals Dark Brown Sugar, Granulated Sugar and Powdered Sugar proudly featured in this recipe! #BLU16 #SweetandSouthern

Sweet 'n Southern Desserts Recipe Contest by Dixie Crystals

Here’s the easy and delicious recipe for my Banana Pecan Sheet Cake with Maple Frosting:

Yields 12 slices

Banana Pecan Sheet Cake with Maple Frosting

A classic banana cake brought to a whole new level! Moist, sweet cake baked with pecans and topped with a delicious maple frosting, and brown sugar glazed pecans, this cake is perfect for any and every occasion!

30 minPrep Time

35 minCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • Brown Sugar Glazed Pecans
  • 2 Tbsp. Dixie Crystals Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 c. pecan halves
  • Cake:
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 c. Dixie Crystals Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. chopped pecans
  • Frosting:
  • 1/2 c. butter (1 stick)
  • 1 c. Dixie Crystals Dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 c. heavy cream +2 Tbsp.
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. maple extract
  • 2-3 c. Dixie Crystals Powdered Sugar

Instructions

  1. For the Brown Sugar Glazed Pecans: In a small skillet, melt together the dark brown sugar and butter over medium-low heat. Once melted add the pecan halves, and coat the pecans in the butter/sugar mixture. Continue to gently coat and toast the pecans in the skillet for about 5 minutes. Transfer the pecans to a baking sheet, making sure they are evenly separated. Continue to toast in a 250 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  2. For the Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9x13" pan with non-stick baking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Whisk together to combine. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, add the sugar, vegetable oil, bananas, sour cream, eggs and vanilla. Stir together well. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mixture will look slightly lumpy. Add the chopped pecans, and stir to combine. Pour batter into the prepared 9x13" pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 32-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean and crumb-free. Remove cake from the oven and let cool completely.
  5. For the Maple Frosting:
  6. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium low heat. Add the brown sugar, salt and cream. Bring to a low boil. Continue to maintain a low bowl for approximately 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes. Once cooled, stir in maple extract.
  7. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl. With a hand or stand mixer, gradually beat in the powdered sugar one cup at a time. Add extra cream if necessary to make the frosting a creamy consistency.
  8. Evenly spread the frosting over the cooled cake. Top with the cool brown sugar glazed pecans. Slice and enjoy!
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Dessert
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https://delightfulemade.com/2016/07/08/banana-pecan-sheet-cake/

If you loved this classic sheet cake recipe, be sure to check out some of my other yummy sheet cakes, like my Grandma’s Best Chocolate Sheet Cake, and my Buttermilk Sheet Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting.

Enjoy!  ~Erin

A classic banana cake brought to a whole new level!  Moist, sweet cake baked with pecans and topped with a delicious maple frosting, and brown sugar glazed pecans, this cake is perfect for any and every occasion!

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Comments

  1. This looks incredible...it's like banana nut bread but sooooooo much better!! Good luck on your entry...can't wait to see you in 2 weeks!!
  2. Wow this cake looks so yummy. I hope you will share it at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week. Check us out http://thinking-outside-the-pot.com/?p=2727
  3. Yummy...I would like to invite you to come share your wonderful post on Home Cooking Share the Love Blog Party. Sunday evenings thru Wednesdays. I'd love to have you. http://homecookingrecipebox.blogspot.com/
  4. This looks so yummy! I love any kind of cake ;) Blessings, Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com
  5. I love bananas and I love pecans - and that cake is beautiful! Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner link up!
  6. Hi Erin, Your Banana Cake sounds and looks so delicious! Photos are great! Best of luck in the Dixie Crystals contest! Blessings, Janet
  7. I am not crazy about bananas, but the maple part sound intriguing! Thanks for sharing this recipe at the Family Joy Linkup!
  8. This looks delicious! Thanks for linking up to the Creative K Kids' Tasty Tuesday I look forward to seeing what you create next week.
  9. I love anything with maple and this recipe sounds do delicious! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Share The Wealth Sunday!
  10. My favorite banana bread combo in a cake. I can't wait to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & Shared
  11. Oh, that frosting looks delicious! Thanks for sharing your banana pecan sheet cake with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday. Pinning and tweeting.
  12. Looks delicious! Pinning this for later!
  13. Yum - that sounds perfect for the holiday's or a potluck with friends!! Pinning to try! Thank you for sharing it with us at the #HomeMattersParty
  14. Oh wow, this looks and sounds absolutely fabulous! You got to love the banana pecan combo! Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop). Wishing you a lovely evening. xoxo
  15. Great combination. Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday. Pinned!

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