Banana cake with pecan crumble crunch

Banana cake with pecan crumble crunch

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(65 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins

Easy

Makes 8 - 10 slices
A wedge of this alongside a cup of tea makes for a perfect Sunday afternoon

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal591
  • fat33g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs69g
  • sugars44g
  • fibre2g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.62g
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Ingredients

  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 140g pecan, roughly chopped
    Pecan nuts

    Pecan

    pee-kan

    Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red…

  • 1 tbsp butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 2 eggs, plus 2 egg whites
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 3 large ripe bananas, or 4 small, mashed
    Banana

    Banana

    bah-nah-nah

    Probably the best known, most popular tropical fruit, their name probably derives from the…

  • 150ml sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 100ml milk

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 1 tsp cinnamon
    Cinnamon

    Cinnamon

    sin-ah-mun

    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 1 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4, and line the base and sides of a deep 20cm (8 inch) loose-bottomed cake tin with baking parchment. For the crumble topping stir together 2 tbsp each of the sugar, flour and chopped pecans, then add the butter, cut into a few pieces, and rub together until you have sticky crumbs. Set aside.

  2. Break up the whole eggs with a fork, then mix with the mashed banana, oil and milk until all the wet ingredients are well combined. In a separate, large bowl tip in the remaining sugar, flour and pecans, and briefly stir with the cinnamon and baking powder. Whisk the egg whites until just stiff. To combine, tip the oily banana mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients and quickly stir in until you have a smooth, lump-free mix. Finally using a large metal spoon or spatula gently fold in the egg whites, then carefully pour the mixture into the prepared tin. Scatter over the crumble topping and bake for 1 hr, until a skewer stuck in to the middle comes out clean. Check the cake with 15 mins to go, if the surface is browning too quickly cover with another piece of baking parchment.

  3. Once the cake is ready leave it in its tin for 5 minutes, then finish cooling on a wire rack.

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bakingkris
1st Feb, 2012
This cake is the best banana cake ever. My boyfriend said it took him back to his childhood days reminding him of his nan's bread pudding. My sons asked me to bake it again so they could have a slice in their lunch boxes and one work colleague described it a bananalicious! I did not have pecans so used walnuts and did not have golden so used half of caster and half of light brown. Cooking it again now as it did not last long.
lizneedl
23rd Jan, 2012
This was a delicious banana cake - quite the best I have tasted. Lovely warm as a dessert or cold with a cup of coffee. I cooked it about 15 minutes longer than stated and used walnuts instead of pecan nuts. Even my non-cake-eating husband enjoyed it. Will certainly make this one agan.
chrisnic69
18th Dec, 2011
4.05
Made this cake again but didn't put all the wet ingredients in. Turned out much better, lovely and light but still moist.
chrisnic69
27th Nov, 2011
4.05
Just made this cake, had it in the oven for 1 hr 30 mins, and could have still done with another 5 or 10 mins as still very moist in the centre. Could have something to do with my crap oven! However this didnt detract from the wonderful flavour, the crumble topping is just delicious also. Will definetely make again.
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heather99
30th Oct, 2011
i love banana cake and this is the nicest one i have tried. about to make another as it was soooooooo good. went into lunch boxes for my 2 boys school break and they loved it. it makes a good big cake that lasted a few days more than the usual loaf tin size. the crumble bit on top also amazing. Bit fiddly to do first time but worth it!!
sawsee
22nd Sep, 2011
4.05
First time I made this cake I was guilty of not following the recipe I replaced the egg whites with another whole egg, used hazelnuts instead of pecan nuts and totally left out the milk, I was so delighted with the results that I decided to make it again with all the correct ingredients. However I was very disappointed with this cake as it was very dense and the topping did not stay as a crumble appearance unlike my first attempt, it also took 1 hour 45 mins to cook. I would suggest others to try this recipe without the egg whites and milk and then it rates a 5 star.
pansy14
4th Sep, 2011
Hi, i was wondering if someone can help me. i'm making this cake for my partners birthday and did a practise one yesterday. the cake tasted very nice, but was quite dense and the bottom half didnt have any air bubbles and was quite stodgy. i used a slightly bigger and less deep pan, so i know i have to use the correct sized one next time, but is there anything else that could have caused this? perhaps i should use an electric whisker to mix the batter before the egg whites are folded in? also, how long do you think this cake will last in a cake tin? i will be sending it to america!
bingobrett
17th Jul, 2011
5.05
absolutely yummy cake! As others have said, once you get through the rather mish mashy instructions it is simple to make. I also replaced the pecans with mixed nuts and found it to be just as delicious. I also had to bake it for approx. 15mins longer than the recipe suggested. Overall though a very tasty cake!!!!
sbridge7
22nd Jun, 2011
5.05
Made this for my mum's birthday; it went down a treat. Very tasty, would make again.
sbridge7
22nd Jun, 2011
5.05
Made this for my mum's birthday; it went down a treat. Beautiful cake.

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