Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 15th October 2010

Have you been looking for an extra special Banana Cake?  Look no further! David Lebovitz’s Banana Cake with Mocha Frosting and Salted Candied Peanuts is mouth-watering deliciousness!

A photo of David Lebovitz's Banana Cake with Mocha Frosting displayed on a glass cake stand.

I’m sure, like me, you’ve tried many banana cakes over the years, but I have yet to come across one as scrumptious as this one.  It is a little time consuming (yet very easy) but definitely worth the little extra effort.

A photo taken looking down on David Lebovitz's Banana Cake with Mocha Frosting and Salted Candied Peanuts displayed on a glass cake stand.

The cakes rise beautifully!  So much so that once I assembled and frosted the cake it didn’t fit under my cake dome.  The sour cream not only enhanced the flavour but also increased the moistness of the cake. The roasted pecans were a welcoming change to my usual use of walnuts.

A photo of a bowl of toasted pecans.

I had one problem when making this recipe, keeping all the hands off the salted candied peanuts.  I couldn’t really blame the thieves because they were delicious! If you were lucky enough to have any leftovers (I didn’t!), they would be perfect sprinkled over ice cream.

A photo of a small vase with red mums.

Banana Cake at its best!  With double layers of extra moist banana cake speckled with bits of roasted pecans and the pièce de résistance, luscious mocha ganache frosting (So luscious all I wanted to do was grab a spoon and dive right in!) makes this banana cake truly irresistible.  And if that isn’t tempting enough, the salted candied peanuts provide the most amazing salty-sweet crunch.

A photo of David Lebovitz's Banana Cake with Mocha Frosting and Salted Candied Peanuts with a slice removed and displayed on a glass cake stand.

Your family and friends will be begging for more!

A photo of a Banana Cake with Mocha Frosting and Salted Candied Peanuts pictured on a cake stand with a piece removed and pictured on a white plate.

A photo taken looking down on a Banana Cake with Mocha Frosting and Salted Candied Peanuts with a piece removed and displayed on a glass cake stand.

A photo taken looking down on David Lebovitz's Banana Cake with Mocha Frosting displayed on a glass cake stand.

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Comments (32)

32 Responses to “Banana Cake with Mocha Frosting and Salted Candied Peanuts”

  1. Lauren at KeepItSweet Says:

    i never would have thought to combine those 3 flavors, but it does seem to make sense! besides, what could be bad?!

  2. Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog Says:

    Absolutely incredible this cake with the mocha ganache and peanuts!

    I bet that I’ve the same issue with the salted candied peanuts, for sure they won’t last a lot! :)

    Have a great weekend!

    Cheers,

    Gera

  3. Grace Says:

    Gera I have to admit I was just as bad as everyone else, popping them in my mouth the entire time I was preparing the cake.

  4. Ambika Says:

    I’m a total admirer of your blog, especially the pictures!! Can you please share the secret to the perfect lighting in your pictures?? With winter already here, there’s not enough daylight and it is so cloudy these days, I have a tough time adjusting lighting for my photos. Appreciate your response :) Thanks a ton! Loved the mocha frosting..

  5. Grace Says:

    Ambika I sent a message to your email address, let me know if there’s anything else you need!

  6. Heavenly Housewife Says:

    What a truly stunning cake. I love all the layers of flavour you’ve got going on. Delicious!
    *kisses* HH

  7. Magic of Spice Says:

    That looks delightful :) Love the flavors…

  8. Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread Says:

    This is one amazing cake!! I love the frosting and the salted candied peanuts just put it over the top!

  9. Jen H Says:

    This cake looks amazing! I’m so excited I found another ONtario based blogger.

  10. Grace Says:

    Thank you Jen! Great to meet you, where do you live in Ontario? I am trying to gather up some bloggers in the same area for meet ups from time to time, would you be interested?

  11. Amy Says:

    This cake looks heavenly! I love salted nuts on a sweet cake! Great recipe :)!

  12. Grace Says:

    Thanks Amy, 1st time for me but I have definitely become a fan.

  13. Lina Says:

    oh myyyyy, this is out of this world! i think the salted peanuts on the cake is a winner! i love salted anything on my desserts!

  14. Chef Dennis Says:

    Grace
    what an incredible cake!! and those lovely salty sweet nuts were the perfect addition! your cake looks so moist, and so delicious!! Now can you please push a piece thru the computer screen for me!
    Dennis

  15. Lora @cakeduchess Says:

    Ciao Grace-This looks lovely! I haven’t visited your blog in a while and I have missed out on some super yumminess. :)hugs from me!
    Lora

  16. Amanda Says:

    Wow THAT is gorgeous!

  17. Marly Says:

    Looks like you hit another one out of the park! I love the pic of the cake with the slice missing – you’re right that cake did rise a lot! Looks so delicious.

  18. Nancy/SpicieFoodie Says:

    Bananas and chocolate? Oh well I just can’t get enough of that combo. Your cake is divine!

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  20. Cajun Chef Ryan Says:

    Ny fork is ready and I want a bite right now!

  21. Grace Says:

    Come on over, I’ll put the coffee on!

  22. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen Says:

    Oh my gosh!! This cake looks fabulous!!

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  24. Noelle Says:

    What a wonderful recipe! I tis ingenious!

  25. Grace Says:

    Why thank you Noelle!

  26. Allie Says:

    That frosting looks great! I’d love to post this on this month’s Sugar High Friday Layer Cakes edition.

  27. Sidra Says:

    I just stumbled upon your blog and love the recipes I’ve come across so far. I plan on trying this cake out for a birthday and wondering how far ahead of time I can make the frosting. Will it hold in the refrigerator for a few days?

  28. Grace Says:

    Sidra it should be okay for a couple of days. I would give it a whip before frosting cake.

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