Glazed Banana Cake with Pecans and Raisins

What to do with overripe bananas, which are unless used up quickly, alas end up not being used at all? This is what I do and I truly think this is a perfect “overripe banana saving” solution. And the solution is – baking a scrumptious, pecan-rasins-filled cake! And that is exactly what I did past weekend, but I am just getting around to creating this blog post and sharing with our readers a recipe for this easy to bake, full of flavor and good for you things that go into this cake.

Banana Cake with Pecans and Raisins

This recipe which I worked out to perfection results in delicious, moist and last, but not least – gorgeous cake.

While the intent of this post is not to educate you on the health benefits of certain foods, from time to time I like to to do some research about why certain foods or ingredients are or are not good and equipped with that knowledge I then fine-tune the recipes making sure I use only the best possible components in the food I make for my family.

So I thought I’d share just a few interesting facts for the three staple components of this cake — bananas, pecans, and raisins.

 

Banana Cake with Pecans and Raisins

Bananas: High-potassium food, and one medium banana does pack more than 400 mg of this heart-healthy mineral, which helps to prevent against high blood pressure and reduce stress. Bananas contain tryptophan a protein the body converts into serotonin. The more serotonin in the your brain the more your mood improves. Bananas are also the ultimate hunger buster, packed with resistant starch, a healthy carb that fills you up and helps to boost your metabolism.

Pecans: Pecans are the most antioxidant-rich tree nut and are among the top 15 foods to contain the highest antioxidant capacity. Eating a handful of pecans will also provide you with more than 19 vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and several B vitamins and they are naturally cholesterol-free and sodium-free.

Raisins: A low fat and high energy snack, raisins pack a high dose of antioxidants. Antioxidants play an important role in protecting the body’s cells from damaging compounds. Studies have shown that antioxidants may act as an anti-aging tool for the body and the brain. Some studies have also shown that antioxidants may help to prevent serious diseases like cancer. Raisins can also help to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. While adding raisins to a daily diet can be beneficial to men and women alike, women can reap extra benefits. Raisins contain high levels of Boron, which is a substance that is essential for bone health. Boron is an important substance for women to help fight the onset of Osteoporosis.

 Ingredients for the cake:

1/3 cup butter (room temperature)
1/4 cup kefir or buttermilk
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
3 medium overripe bananas (pureed)
1/2 cup pecans -  (toasted and cut into small pieces)
1/3 cup golden raisins
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Banana Cake with Pecans and Raisins

 

Ingredients for the glaze and topping:

1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
2-3 table spoons whole milk
1/2 cup pecans -  (toasted and cut into small pieces)

Banana Cake with Pecans and Raisins

You will also need a bundt pan like the one shown below or you can certainly use a different one or even a loaf pan (only then you will have a bread and not a cake:)

Banana Cake with Pecans and Raisins

 

How to make Glazed Banana Cake with Pecans and Raisins:

1.  In a bowl of stand mixer or using a an electric hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar.

2. Add to the butter and sugar mixture kefir or buttermilk (which ever you are using) and mix well on medium speed.

Banana Cake with Pecans and Raisins

3. In a separate small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add all to the big ball, then add eggs, sugar,  and vanilla extract.

Banana Cake with Pecans and Raisins

4. In a food processor puree bananas. You can also just mash them with a fork by hand. Small pieces are OK and won’t affect the result.

Banana Cake with Pecans and Raisins

5. Toast the pecans constantly mixing them till fragrant and start to develop deep brown color. Should only take a few minutes.

6. Chop toasted pecans into small pieces.

Banana Cake with Pecans and Raisins

7. Add to the bowl with previously mixed ingredients pureed bananas, 1/2 cup chopped pecans and raisins. Combine everything well. I usually use the hand-mixer set to the lowest speed.

Banana Cake with Pecans and Raisins

8. Preheat oven to 350F.

9. Meanwhile, prepare the pan in which you will be baking the cake. I use a bundt pan by Nordic Ware. A link to this pan is available on our Shop page under Bakeware and Baking Accessories. Alternatively, if you wish to purchase this pan, please use this direct link to Amazon.com.

10. Butter and flour well the bundt pan. Turn over the pan over the sink to remove flour access.

Banana Cake with Pecans and Raisins

11. Poor the cake batter into the pan.

Banana Cake with Pecans and Raisins

12. Place the cake in the preheated oven on the middle rack and bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes. Use a cake taster or a thin knife to test the inside of the cake before removing from the oven. Insert the cake taster into the middle of the cake. It should not have any uncooked batter when you remove it.

13. Remove baked cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes.

Banana Cake with Pecans and Raisins

14. Turn over the pan to remove the cake. If you buttered and floured the pan well, you shouldn’t have any trouble with this step.

Banana Cake with Pecans and Raisins

15. Next, make the glaze by simply mixing together confectioner’s sugar and milk. Poor the glaze over the top of the cake.

16. Top with toasted pieces of pecans.

All done!

Banana Cake with Pecans and Raisins

Cut into pieces and joy with some tea or coffee.

Banana Cake with Pecans and Raisins

I really do hope you will try baking this delicious cake! And I would be delighted to know what you think of it:)

Banana Cake with Pecans and Raisins

My son and I enjoyed this cake on a sunny Sunday afternoon outside on the deck. It was perfect!

Banana Cake with Pecans and Raisins

Here is another variation of this cake, which I baked some time ago. It is the same cake, only instead of glazing it and topping with pecans, I decorated it with confectioner’s sugar and strawberries. Same delicious cake, just under a different “makeup” :)

Banana Cake with Pecans and Raisins

Enjoy!

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