Want something sweet for your next family gathering? Looking to bring something into work this week? Whatever the occasion may be, we have the perfect cake recipe that you will love so much, you’ll start creating new reasons to make it. Grab the following and meet us in the kitchen.
For the cake:
- 2 (8-oz) cans crushed pineapple in juice
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 very ripe large bananas, peeled and mashed
- 1½ cup pecans, toasted and chopped
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
For the frosting:
- 1¼ cups unsalted butter, room temperature
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- 2½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp salt
- 1¼ lbs cream cheese, chilled and cut into 20 pieces
- ½ cup pecans, toasted and chopped
- Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F and grease up 2 9-inch round cake pans before placing parchment paper down into them as a lining. Sprinkle them with flour and set aside. Drain your pineapple into a saucepan and cook the juices over medium heat until reduced to ⅓ cup for about 5 minutes and set that aside as well.
- In a separate bowl, whisk up your flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and then grab one last bowl and whisk together the sugar and eggs, then slowly drizzle in your oil. Stir in the mashed bananas with a rubber spatula, and then fold in the pecans, vanilla, drained pineapple, and reduced pineapple juice. Add the flour mixture and stir until just barely combined.
- Pour your batter into your prepared pans and bake them until dark brown on top and when a toothpick is inserted in the center comes out clean, you’ll know it’s done. This should take about 50 to 55 minutes, and you’ll want to be sure to rotate the pans halfway through baking. After you remove them from the oven, allow them to cool on wire racks for at least 2 hours.
- Now it’s time to make the frosting! Grab an electric mixer and beat the butter, sugar, vanilla and salt on low until creamy, then mix for an additional 2 minutes, scraping down the bowl every few seconds. Dial up the speed to medium-low and add the cream cheese one piece at a time until everything is nice and smooth.
- Assemble your cake by first placing a cake round down and frosting it fully. Then, top with the second cake and press them together to make sure they adhere. Once the entire cake is frosted, sprinkle the top with chopped nuts over the top and stick in your fridge for about an hour before serving.