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Cake Layers
  • 3 cups - all-purpose flour, plus more for preparing pans
  • 2 cups - granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoons - salt
  • 1 teaspoons - baking soda
  • 1 teaspoons - ground cinnamon
  • 3 - large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups - vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons - vanilla extract
  • 1 cans - 8 oz. crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
  • 2 cups - chopped ripe bananas
  • 1 cups - chopped pecans, toasted
  • - vegetable shortening
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 2 packages - 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cups - salted butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 packages - 16 oz. powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons - vanilla extract
  • Additional Ingredient
  • 3/4 cups - pecan halves, toasted, for topping
  • Directions:

    Prepare cake layers:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cinnamon in a large bowl; add eggs and oil, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in vanilla, pineapple, bananas and toasted pecans.

    Divide batter evenly among 3 well-greased (with shortening) and floured 9-inch round cake pans.

    Bake in preheated oven until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire rack and cool completely, about 1 hour.

    Prepare Cream Cheese Frosting:

    Beat cream cheese and butter with electric mixer on medium-low speed until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.

    Assemble cake:

    Place 1 cake layer on a serving platter, spread top with 1 cup of frosting. Top with second layer, and spread with 1 cup of frosting. Top with third layer and spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Arrange pecan halves on top of cake.

    Brief Description

    Crushed pineapple, ripe bananas, and toasted pecans fill this layered cake topped with cream cheese frosting and pecan halves.

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    Category:  Cakes

    Cuisine:  Southern

    Prep Time: 1 hour(s) 40 min
    Cook Time: 30 min


    For the bananas, pick out a ripe, but not overripe bunch of bananas (look for brown flecks on the skin).


    Southern Living February 2018

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    Posted On:

    December 12, 2018

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