January 15, 2014

Banana Pecan Breakfast Cake + Giveaway!

Everyone loves a good breakfast cake, I mean really, who doesn't like cake for breakfast?  The recipe for todays cake, Banana Pecan Breakfast Cake, can be found in Lick the Bowl Good, a new cookbook by blogger extraordinaire Monica Holland, who also has a blog by the same name. I have followed Monica's blog for quite a while, so I was excited to hear that she was writing a cookbook. Lick the Bowl Good is just as amazing as her blog. I love that the recipes are accompanied by photos - gorgeous ones too. The recipes are familiar, and very do-able, but have a little twist that makes you want to keep working your way through the book to the next yummy recipe.

I made the Banana Pecan Breakfast Cake a couple of days ago and it just disappeared off the plate in record time. I've had other banana cakes before, but there is something special about this recipe.  Family members were giving each other accusing looks as they tried to figure out who had more pieces than someone else, and how they were going to split that last piece into six even pieces. Calming everyone down I explained and could buy more bananas and make another one, although the next time I will definitely make two so I get more than one piece before it is gone.

A group of us were so excited about getting the book, that a Facebook Group, Baking Through Lick the Bowl Good, was formed and we will baking one recipe on the 15th of each month. Some people will post via their blogs, some will post on Facebook, and everyone is invited to come and check it out. Of course I will be baking other recipes from the book too.  It got to the point that I stopped putting sticky notes in the book because there was one on every page, and I recommend that you visit Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Jessica's Biscuit/ecookbooks or your neighborhood bookstore and pick up a copy as soon as possible.

And now to the giveaway.  A few weeks ago I was very lucky and won a copy of Lick the Bowl Good from the author herself, along with some other goodies.  Since I had already purchased the book in preparation to start baking from it, I found myself with an extra brand-new copy.  It seemed like the perfect idea to pay it forward and have a giveaway for the book.  Since we are all still catching our breath from the busy holiday season I am going to make this giveaway super simple to enter - just visit Monica's blog Lick the Bowl Good and leave me a comment telling me what recipe you would like to make from it and I will enter you in the draw.

The Fine Print

  • Leave me a comment as per the instruction above.
  • Deadline for entry is January 22, 2014 at 6:00PM HST.
  • Sorry, this giveaway is open only to US addresses.
  • Please leave a valid email address where I can contact you if you choose to publish anonymously.
  • One winner will be chosen at random using Random.org. I will send the winner an email, and they will have 48 hours to respond, if I do not hear by then another winner will be selected.
  • The winner will receive a copy of Lick the Bowl Good by Monica Holland
  • The prize for this giveaway to one of my readers is being provided by me. I was not compensated personally for this post.

Good luck everyone!

We have a winner!  Congratulations to Holly who is the winner of Lick the Bowl Good.  I hope you enjoy the book and it will be in the mail tomorrow.

For another amazing idea for this cake please visit my friend Kim at Ninja Baker  - her Banana Pecan Breakfast Cupcakes would certainly make me eager for breakfast in the morning!

Banana Pecan Breakfast Cake
(Printer Friendly Recipe)

Cake ~
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana
  • ¼ buttermilk
Pecan Topping ~
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cake ~
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉
  2. Grease an 8x8-inch baking pan with nonstick spray and set aside
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and whisk to combine.
  4. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the eggs, vanilla, and mashed banana and blend till incorporated.
  6. Add half of the flour mixture to the banana mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in all of the buttermilk and mix until just incorporated, then add the remaining flour and mix once again until no traces of flour remain.
  7. Scrape the batter into the prepared baking dish and smooth the top.
Topping ~
  1. Combine the sugar, pecans, and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Stir together, then evenly sprinkle the mixture over the cake batter.
  2. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  3. Cool slightly. Serve warm or at room temperature.
  4. Store at room temperature.

Recipe from Lick the Bowl Good by Monica Holland/Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.


  1. I want to make the Pecan Mini Cupcakes! elfhaven13@gmail.com

  2. No truer words were said about Monica's cake...All that's left were the crumbs =) I don't have children but I do have dance classmates who were mighty happy to take more than one banana pecan breakfast cupcake!

  3. The Butterscotch Cream Roll-up cake looks wonderful! Thanks for pointing out Monica's website.

  4. Sorry Felice, the comment from 9:00a was from djdcm2000@juno.com! I hit publish thinking that there would be a place to anonymously enter my email. Thanks!

    AnonymousJanuary 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM
    The Butterscotch Cream Roll-up cake looks wonderful! Thanks for pointing out Monica's website.

  5. This cake looks outstanding - this is the recipe I'd want to try out from that book, because I love any time you can justify cake as breakfast food ;)

  6. The piña colada fudge looks and sounds delicious! Amyk315@hotmail.com

  7. I already have the book so don't want to enter the giveaway. Just wanted to say how perfect your cake looks. Didn't you just LOVE this recipe?!?
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

  8. I'd like to make the Pecan Pie Mini Cupcakes!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  9. Oh I LOVE beautiful cookbooks! Especially those that feature desserts. I'd love to eat my way through this one, thanks for the chance to win, Felice! Holly


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