Banana Black Walnut Cake

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 12 servings

A heavenly sweet banana cake highlighted by a luscious chocolate glaze and studded with black walnuts.

Banana Black Walnut  cut w_hand B
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
2/3 cup finely chopped black walnuts
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
8 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons milk or water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Generously butter and flour a 10-inch tube pan or Bundt pan.
  2. To prepare cake, combine flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Combine butter and sugar; beat with an electric mixer about 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in banana and vanilla. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately, beginning and ending with flour mixture and mixing until just combined. Fold in walnuts.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth top. Bake 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Let cool completely.
  5. To prepare glaze, whisk together powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Slowly stir in milk and vanilla. Whisk until smooth. Add a bit more milk to thin glaze, if needed. Spread over cake. Serves 12.



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