40’s Music and Cooking With Mama Keown: Fluffy Banana Nut Cake

Several years ago my Grandmother asked me what I wanted for Christmas. I told my Grandmother that I wanted some of her favorite recipes along with some of her mother’s favorite recipes written in her handwriting. A few months later that’s exactly what I got. A photo album filled with index cards of all my Grandmother favorite recipes and a few of my Great Grandmothers recipes. It’s one of my most treasured possessions.


I never knew my Great Grandmother Mama’ Keown, but I have known some of her recipes, like this one I’m sharing with you today, for my whole life. This recipe for Fluffy Banana Nut Cake is something I remember my Grandmother and my Mother making time and time again and it’s something I always enjoy making as well.

This morning I put on the 40’s music station and danced away to the sounds of Glenn Miller, The Andrews Sisters and my personal favorite Billie Holiday… “I’ll Be Seeing You…” while in the kitchen while whipping up Mama’ Keown’s Fluffy Banana Nut Cake.

My Great Grandmother and Grandmother both make this cake in a cake pan or loaf pan with icing. I really love this cake baked in muffin tins (because I love them for breakfast!). I then leave off the icing and eat them hot out of the oven with a little butter. YUM! I promise you life doesn’t get much better than that.

I hope you give this recipe a try because it’s handed down for 3 generations so you know it must be good!!

Here you go My Great Grandmothers words written in my Grandmothers handwriting…


Mama’ Keown’s Fluffy Banana Nut Cake


Put into a small mixer bowl:

2 large bananas and beat until mashed. Measure out 1 cup.


Sift Together:

2 Cups of Flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

¾ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt


Put into a large mixer bowl:

½ Cup Crisco

2 Eggs, unbeaten

1½ Cups sugar

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Beat for 2 minutes. Add ¼ Cup buttermilk.

To this add flour mixture alternately with the mashed bananas while beating on low-speed. Add 1 cup of pecans and mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes for cake pans… or 20-25 minutes for muffin tins (makes 18 muffins).


In Addition here is the recipe for the icing


Fluffy Banana Nut Cake Icing

½ Cup Crisco, melted

Add 2 Tablespoons flour and cook until brown.

Add ½ cup milk and stir until thickened.

Add 3 cups powdered sugar

½ Cup nuts, chopped

1 teaspoon of vanilla

Spread between layers and on top of cake.


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My name is Melody and I am the cook and blogger behind Meals With Mel. I have a love for traveling, I share a joy for gardening, and I have a passion for cooking. Although I do some baking, I don't consider myself a baker as I can't stand having to measure. When it comes to cooking my philosophy is add a bit of this, a dash of that, a splash of something doesn't hurt, never forget some type of pepper and always add at least one clove of garlic. Thanks for stopping by my Spicy Texas Kitchen and I hope to see you again!!! Melody

3 thoughts on “40’s Music and Cooking With Mama Keown: Fluffy Banana Nut Cake

  1. Reblogged this on Meals With Mel and commented:

    This morning I woke up craving my Grandmother’s Banana Nut Cake. I had everything I needed to make this delicious recipe even the buttermilk. I went straight into the kitchen ( I didn’t even make my coffee first!), followed the recipe, and 15 minutes later I put a batch of these Banana Nut Cake (muffins) in the oven. While the muffins were baking I put everything away…. That’s when I discovered I added heavy cream instead of buttermilk to the batter…. Ooops! I guess I should have had the coffee first 🙂 Oh well looks like the muffins turned out right! Have a great day and here’s the recipe for my Grandmother’s Fluffy Banana Nut Cake.


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