Active Time
15 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 10 Mins
Yield
Serves 8 (serving size: 1 slice)

 

This incredibly tender, delicious spice cake has a secret… Aunt Jemima pancake mix. That’s right, this brunch-worthy cake starts with boxed pancake mix (but no one would guess it). The added bonus of brown sugary caramelized bananas, toasted pecans, and a hit of rum only makes the idea of cake-for-breakfast all the more appealing. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Melt 1/4 cup of the butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over low; stir in rum. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over butter mixture. Remove from heat.

Step 2

Cut bananas in half crosswise; cut each half lengthwise into 3 slices. Arrange banana slices in a spoke pattern over brown sugar mixture. Sprinkle pecans evenly over bananas and brown sugar mixture.

Step 3

Beat together 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar and remaining 1/4 cup butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until blended. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition, reserving egg whites for later. Add buttermilk and vanilla, beating just until blended. Add pancake mix and cinnamon, beating just until blended.

Step 4

Beat egg whites in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter.

Step 5

Spread batter evenly over pecans and bananas in skillet. Place skillet on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in skillet on a wire rack 10 minutes. Invert cake onto a serving plate. Serve warm.

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