Banana-Pecan Pound Cake With Caramel Glaze

Studded with pecans, this extremely moist cake gets its punch of banana flavor from baby food rather than mashed fresh fruit.

Yield:

Makes 12 to 16 servings

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Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook: 1 Hour, 40 Minutes

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3 cups granulated sugar
5 large eggs
2 (6-ounce) jars banana baby food
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 2/3 cups chopped pecans
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup evaporated milk
2 tablespoons chopped pecans

Preparation

Beat 1 1/2 cups butter and cream cheese at medium speed with a heavy-duty stand mixer 6 minutes or until creamy. Gradually add granulated sugar, beating 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in banana baby food.

Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla and 1 2/3 cups pecans. Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan.

Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 40 minutes or until a long wooden pick or skewer inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan, and cool on wire rack.

Combine brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter, and evaporated milk in a small saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil, and cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Stir in 2 tablespoons pecans; cool slightly. Serve glaze drizzled over cake or on the side.

Note: With almost 10 cups of batter, this recipe makes a 4-inch-tall pound cake. If you don't own a heavy-duty stand mixer, make sure to use at least a 3 1/2-quart bowl to prepare it. When choosing a pan for baking, use a 10-inch tubepan that's at least 4 inches tall. To test for doneness, it's necessary to use a long wooden pick or skewer to reach down to the bottom of the cake. The cake may appear done on the top and when tested with a toothpick, but still not be done deeper down in the center.

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Shannen Tuten, Reedsburg, Wisconsin,

Southern Living Cook-Off Cookbook

July 2004