If you love a delicious banana bread but need one that comes together in a jiffy, have I got the perfect recipe for you! In this post I’m going to show you how to make a simple but delicious caramel pecan banana bread that starts with a box of cake mix.
Can I make Banana Bread from a Cake Mix?
The answer to that question is a resounding “Yes!” You can. . .and you should!
In my case, I happened to have several bags of homemade white cake mix on hand. I also happened to have four very, very ripe bananas that needed to be used or tossed.
I’ve already got so many banana recipes on this blog and I couldn’t imagine coming up with another one. But in this case I also happened to have one more ingredient that needed using up: homemade caramel.
I made it from sweetened condensed milk (my favorite way to make delicious caramel from scratch).
Caramel Pecan Banana Bread Ingredients
You will find a full printable recipe card at the bottom of this post but here’s a quick peek at what you will need to make this banana bread. These are simple ingredients you might already have on hand.
- white cake mix
- vanilla extract (not pictured)
- overripe bananas
- heavy cream
- light brown sugar
- room temperature eggs
- chopped pecans (not pictured)
How to make Delicious Caramel Pecan Banana Bread
This amazing banana bread came together so easily, thanks to the use of the white cake mix.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Spray with Baker’s Joy or other baking spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment) mash your bananas.
Add vanilla extract and eggs to the mashed bananas and mix well.
Add cake mix and mix well.
Add brown sugar and heavy cream. Mix well.
Remove from stand and stir in chopped pecans.
Pour half of the batter into prepared bundt pan (or prepared loaf pan, your choice).
Swirl half of the caramel on top of the banana mixture and swirl it around.
Add the rest of the batter.
Swirl in the rest of the caramel.
Place in the oven and bake for 50 – 55 minutes or until golden brown. (Talk about a beautiful banana bread!)
Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool.
After ten minutes, flip the bread out onto the rack to continue cooling.
Once the bread is completely cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Slice and serve.
Store in airtight container in refrigerator. Bread will stay fresh for 4 – 5 days. You can freeze this bread for later use.
What to Expect from this Banana Bread
If you love caramel and bananas, you’re going to flip over this easy recipe, folks!
It’s got the same warmth as a traditional banana bread but the addition of the caramel adds a moistness to the bread I didn’t expect. And talk about a great flavor profile!
I’m also a big fan of crunchy pecans, so I’m glad I added those. It’s particularly fun to add an extra dollop of caramel to the top of each slice. Yum! (I make homemade caramel sauce by cooking an unopened can of sweetened condense milk in a saucepan of simmering water for two hours.)
Variations to this Recipe
Cinnamon: Add a teaspoon of cinnamon for more depth of flavor.
Walnuts: If you don’t like pecans, you can always swap them out for walnuts.
Chocolate Chips: You can put half a cup of chocolate chips into this recipe, if you like.
Sour cream: For added flavor and texture add a dollop or two of sour cream to the recipe.
Mini loaf pans: You can make several mini loaves with this recipe. (They’re fun to give away to friends and loved ones.)
Other Banana Themed Desserts from Out of the Box Baking
Banana Blueberry Loaf with Streusel Topping: If you’ve looking for a terrific recipe to use up those over ripe bananas, I’ve got the perfect one for you! This banana loaf pairs blueberries and bananas and adds a simple streusel topping that’s sure to please!
Easy Banana Dump Cake: If you’re looking for an amazing cobbler-like banana cake, have I got a treat for you! This luscious banana bread dump cake is gooey-gooey, loaded with rich banana flavor, and simple to whip up!
Easy Banana Bread Maui: If you’re looking for a Hawaiian banana bread recipe that’s a cut above the rest, have I got a great one for you! Until today I’d never even heard of Maui Banana Bread. Now that I’ve tried it, I can’t wait to share the recipe!
Best Banana Bread Recipe: This is my favorite traditional banana bread, made with mayonnaise, which gives it so much flavor and moisture!
That’s it for this post, friends! I hope you enjoyed this delicious recipe.
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About the Author
Janice Thompson is an author, baker, and all-around mischief maker! She has overcome a host of baking catastrophes, including a toppled wedding cake, to learn more about the baking process. Janice has published over 150 books for the Christian market but particularly enjoys writing recipes and baking devotions. To learn more about Janice or to drop her a note, visit her About the Author page.
- 1 white cake mix
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (not pictured)
- 4 over ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (not pictured)
- 1/2 cup caramel
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spray with Baker’s Joy or other baking spray. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment) mash your bananas.
- Add vanilla extract and eggs.
- Mix well.
- Add cake mix add mix well.
- Add brown sugar and heavy cream. Mix well.
- Remove from stand and stir in chopped pecans.
- Pour half of the batter into prepared bundt pan.
- Swirl half of the caramel on top and swirl it around.
- Add the rest of the batter.
- Swirl in the rest of the caramel.
- Place in the oven and bake for 50 - 55 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool.
- After ten minutes, flip the bread out onto the rack to continue cooling.
- Once the bread is completely cool, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 80mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 15gProtein: 3g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.