Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 20 mins

From the 1997 cookbook, BAKE YOUR CAKE & EAT IT, TOO!, the ingredient measurements have been slightly tweaked. Preparation time does not include the time needed for the cake to cool.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F & generously butter a non-stick, 10-inch springform cake pan.
  2. In a bowl mix together eggs, honey buttermilk & vanilla until smooth, then mix in the mashed bananas & set aside.
  3. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the flour & then, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together the remaining flour, baking powder, brown sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, allspice & salt.
  4. Add the liquie mixture to the flour mixture & using an electric mixer, mix on low speed until ingredients are moistened, then add the butter & continue beating on medium to high speed until batter is smooth, about 4 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl mix the reserved 2 tablespoons of flour with the pitted, chopped dates & pecans, then fold this mixture into the cake batter.
  6. Spoon the batter into the prepared cake pan & bake for 1 hour & 20 minutes, or until cake yields slightly to pressure when gently pressed in the top center.
  7. Remove the cake in its pan from the oven to a wire rack.
  8. Heat the final 2 tablespoons of honey before brushing it over the cake, then let the cake cool to room temperature.
  9. When cool, carefully remove the cake from the springform pan, slice & ENJOY!
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Wow - this cake is amazing!!! It is so moist and not overly sweet -- the bananas really come through with the crunch of the pecans and the bits of dates. Now I know what to do with my slightly over-ripe bananas. I have been making cakes these last several days and plan to share them with my neighbors, but I am so tempted to keep this one just for us!! Just kidding, I will share it with my friends since I know where the secret recipe is kept -- I will definitely make this one again!!! Great holiday cake, but then again, great everyday cake too. Made for Newest Zaar Tag, November, 2011.