Banana Pecan Caramel Layer Cake

Delight your senses with our indulgent Banana Pecan Caramel Layer Cake. This decadent dessert combines moist banana cake layers with rich caramel and crunchy pecans, creating a symphony of flavors that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re celebrating a special event or simply craving a slice of homemade goodness, this cake promises to satisfy with every bite.


  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce, plus extra for drizzling


  1. Preheat Oven and Prepare Pans
    Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients
    In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Cream Butter and Sugars
    In a large bowl, cream together butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla and mashed bananas.
  4. Combine Wet and Dry Ingredients
    Gradually add the flour mixture to the banana mixture, alternating with buttermilk, starting and ending with flour. Fold in 1 cup chopped pecans.
  5. Bake
    Divide batter evenly between prepared pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool Cakes
    Allow cakes to cool in pans for 10 minutes, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.
  7. Layer with Caramel
    Once cool, layer the cakes with caramel sauce between each layer and on top. Drizzle additional caramel over the top and garnish with more pecans.

Nutrition Information:

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Calories: 530 per serving
  • Servings: 8

Serving and Storage Tips:

Serving Tips:

  1. Serve at Room Temperature: For the best texture and flavor, allow the cake to come to room temperature before serving.
  2. Garnish Creatively: Enhance presentation by garnishing each slice with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a sprinkle of chopped pecans.
  3. Pair with Beverages: Serve slices of cake with a hot cup of coffee or tea to complement its rich flavors.
  4. Serve Fresh: Enjoy the cake freshly assembled or within a day of preparation to maintain its moistness and flavors.

Storage Tips:

  1. Refrigeration: Store leftover cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  2. Freezing: If planning to freeze, wrap individual slices tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 1-2 months.
  3. Thawing: Thaw frozen cake slices in the refrigerator overnight. Allow them to come to room temperature before serving.
  4. Freshen Up: Before serving refrigerated cake, freshen it up by lightly warming in the microwave or oven to restore its soft texture and flavors.

By following these serving and storage tips, you can ensure that your Banana Pecan Caramel Layer Cake remains delicious and enjoyable, whether freshly served or stored for later enjoyment.


  1. Chocolate Drizzle: Add a decadent touch by drizzling melted chocolate over the cake layers along with the caramel sauce.
  2. Banana Nut Crunch: Mix chopped walnuts or almonds into the cake batter for added crunch and nutty flavor.
  3. Coconut Twist: Sprinkle shredded coconut between the cake layers along with the caramel sauce for a tropical flair.
  4. Spiced Caramel: Infuse the caramel sauce with cinnamon or nutmeg for a warm, spicy undertone.
  5. Fruit Infusion: Layer sliced bananas or caramelized apples between the cake layers for a fruity addition.
  6. Cream Cheese Frosting: Substitute the caramel sauce with a layer of cream cheese frosting for a tangy contrast.
  7. Maple Pecan: Replace the caramel sauce with maple syrup and sprinkle toasted pecans over the top.
  8. Nutella Swirl: Swirl Nutella into the cake batter before baking for a chocolate-hazelnut twist.
  9. Citrus Zest: Add orange or lemon zest to the cake batter for a refreshing citrus flavor.
  10. Mocha Blend: Mix instant coffee powder into the cake batter and drizzle with mocha sauce along with the caramel for a coffee-chocolate delight.
  11. Salted Caramel Crunch: Sprinkle sea salt over each layer of caramel for a sweet and salty contrast.
  12. Banana Foster Style: Drizzle the cake layers with rum-infused caramel and top with sliced bananas sautéed in butter and brown sugar.
  13. Nutty Bliss: Mix chopped macadamia nuts into the cake batter and garnish the top with toasted coconut flakes.
  14. Apple Cinnamon: Layer thinly sliced caramelized apples between the cake layers, dusted with cinnamon, and drizzle with caramel sauce.
  15. Pumpkin Spice: Add pumpkin puree and a pinch of pumpkin spice to the cake batter for a seasonal twist.
  16. Berry Delight: Alternate layers of cake with fresh berries like raspberries or strawberries, and drizzle with caramel sauce.

These variations offer creative ways to customize your Banana Pecan Caramel Layer Cake, making it uniquely suited to different tastes and occasions.


  1. Can I use frozen bananas for this recipe? Yes, frozen bananas can be thawed and mashed for use in the cake batter. Ensure they are fully thawed and at room temperature before mashing.
  2. Can I use other nuts instead of pecans? Absolutely! You can substitute pecans with walnuts, almonds, or even hazelnuts based on your preference.
  3. How do I prevent the bananas from turning brown in the cake batter? Adding a splash of lemon juice to the mashed bananas can help prevent browning. Also, ensure the bananas are fully mixed into the batter quickly after mashing.
  4. Can I make this cake ahead of time? Yes, you can bake the cake layers ahead of time and store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days before assembling with caramel and serving.
  5. How do I ensure the cake layers bake evenly? Make sure to divide the cake batter evenly between the cake pans before baking. You can also rotate the pans halfway through baking for more even baking.
  6. Can I use store-bought caramel sauce instead of homemade? Yes, store-bought caramel sauce works well for this recipe. Choose a good-quality sauce for the best flavor.
  7. How do I prevent the caramel sauce from dripping down the sides of the cake? Allow the caramel sauce to cool slightly before layering it between the cake layers. This helps it thicken slightly and adhere better to the cake.
  8. Can I omit the caramel sauce if I prefer a less sweet cake? Yes, you can omit the caramel sauce or reduce the amount used to suit your taste preferences. The cake will still be delicious with the natural sweetness from the bananas and sugars.
  9. Can I freeze the entire cake after assembling? It’s not recommended to freeze the cake after assembling with caramel sauce as it may affect the texture. It’s best to freeze individual cake layers separately.
  10. How do I store leftover cake slices? Store leftover cake slices in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Bring slices to room temperature before serving for the best taste and texture.

These FAQs address common queries about preparing, storing, and customizing the Banana Pecan Caramel Layer Cake, ensuring a successful baking experience for all.

Banana Pecan Caramel Layer Cake is a delightful treat that blends the sweetness of ripe bananas, the richness of caramel, and the crunch of pecans into a harmonious dessert. Perfect for sharing or indulging solo, this cake is sure to leave a lasting impression with its irresistible flavors and moist, tender texture. Enjoy it as the perfect ending to any meal or as a centerpiece for