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Banana Almond Cake

Makes 12 servings

A bag of ripe bananas inspired Jan McHargue to create this coffee cake. You can enjoy the banana cake with its spicy brown sugar-almond topping and filling for brunch, with coffee, or for dessert.

Banana Almond Cake

 1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter or margarine
 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
 1/2 cup sliced almonds
 3/4 cup granulated sugar
 3 large eggs
 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
 1 1/4 cups mashed ripe banana
 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
 1 teaspoon baking soda
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 2/3 cup buttermilk
Step 1

Melt 1/4 cup of the butter. Pour 2 tablespoons of the melted butter into an 8-cup bundt pan; brush the butter over pan sides and bottom. Mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and almonds. Sprinkle bottom of pan with half the brown sugar mixture; combine the remaining mixture with the remaining melted butter; set aside.

Step 2

In a large bowl, beat remaining 1/4 cup butter with granulated sugar until blended. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until blended. Beat in orange peel and banana.

Step 3

Mix all-purpose and whole-wheat flours, baking powder, soda, and salt. Add to banana mixture along with the buttermilk; stir until well blended.

Step 4

Pour half the batter into prepared pan. Spoon remaining brown sugar mixture evenly over top; cover with remaining batter.

Step 5

Bake in a 350° oven until a long wood skewer inserted into the thickest part of the cake comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool the cake on a rack about 5 minutes, then invert cake onto a serving plate. Serve the cake warm or cool.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 333Calories from Fat 32
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g19%

Saturated Fat 5.5g28%
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 371mg16%
Total Carbohydrate 52g18%

Dietary Fiber 1.9g8%
Protein 6.5g13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.