This Banana-Nut Pound Cake slices into perfect layers of moist dense cake. Like a traditional pound cake, but amplified. It is a humble cake, with an amazing glaze.

Making Banana Nut Pound Cake With Whiskey

Maple Crown Royale is sort of a love hate thing for a lot of people. Crown Royale purists scoff at the idea of any sort of flavoring in their Crown, but anyone with a lick of a spoon of cooking sense knows what potential Maple Crown Royale has. 

I was turned onto it for banana nut pound cake and now I want to pay it forward and share it with you. 

Banana Nut Pound Cake on a stand | Kita Roberts

What’s the difference between banana bread and banana pound cake?

You know, it seems pretty obvious, but then again, maybe not. If the first thing that comes to mind is bread is shaped like a loaf of bread and cake is shaped like a cake, then it seems simple. 

But a cake can be rectangular, as much as bread can be circular.

And both pound cake and banana bread are yeastless. They both rise with baking powder instead of yeast. 

So maybe using icing sets them apart, but no, icing is used on both banana breads and pound cakes. 

In this case, it comes down to consistency. No, not like the calling you back in a timely fashion type consistency. I am talking the texture of the bread/cake. Pound cake is lighter, fluffier, and sweeter usually than banana bread. 

Banana bread tends to be more dense. This is due to the type of flour used. You can use any type of flower for this recipe. If you want a much lighter and more cake-like pound cake, then use pastry or cake flower. (Which is just pastry flower by another name).

If you are looking for a true banana bread recipe then check out my espresso banana bread. Now that is a bread-like banana bread. 

Need more simple but delicious cake inspiration? Look no farther!

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📖 Recipe

Banana-Nut Pound Cake with Maple Crown Royal Glaze

I have made this cake at least three times since ripping it out of the pages of BHG. Each time I have tried a different alcohol or a different flavor combo and not been disappointed.
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Author: Kita Roberts
1 hour 30 minutes
Serves: 1 Pound Cake


  • 3 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 /2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 8 oz package cream cheese - softened
  • 1 ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 medium bananas - mashed (1 cup)
  • ¼ cup Maple Crown Royal
  • ¼ tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 10″ bundt pan and dust with flour, knocking out any excess.
  • Combine flour and baking powder in a medium bowl, set aside.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the cream cheese and sugars together until smooth and fluffy, about 7 minutes.
  • Add eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Add the bananas, Maple Crown Royal, and vanilla.
  • Add the flour and mix until just combined. Fold in the nuts.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and wiggle a little to even out. (the cake, not your booty).
  • Bake for 80 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and cake is a nice golden brown.
  • Cool in pan for 10 minutes before turning out to cool completely.

If desired top with a Maple Crown Royal glaze:

  • whisk ½ cup powdered sugar with 1 – 2 teas Maple Crown until a thick glaze forms.
  • Add extra liquid or sugar to loosen or tighten the glaze.
  • Spoon over the cake and sprinkle with additional nuts if needed.


adapted from BHG Magazine December 2012


Serving: 1g | Calories: 455kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 172mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 42g

Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.

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  1. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    Oh I totally know the feeling... when it seems like anyone and everyone is having the worst. day. ever. But then there's that one person who actually is nice to you that makes up for it. A little bit, anyway 🙂 In any case, this pound cake? Good gracious, it sounds delicious! You can pay this cake forward to my house any time 😉

  2. Kate@Diethood says:

    I think you need a sip of that crown royal 😉
    IF they only knew about your blog.... they would be kissing your feet!
    Beautiful cake...I want your bundt pan!

  3. Lauren at Keep It Sweet says:

    This cake is just gorgeous, Kita! And I love your idea of keeping up with the pay it forward, it has such an impact on people!

  4. I just want to take a fork and dive right in

  5. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    Oh wow. Isn't it funny when people are hateful when you try to do something nice?!

  6. Isabelle @ Crumb says:

    Maple Crown Royal? Be still my heart. I'm already plotting a trip to the liquor store, mostly because I want to see if a maple rye Manhattan tastes as good as I think it does. (Why yes, I am thinking of cocktails at 11am. That's what happens when I spend all morning reviewing software design specs.)
    BTW, I think the hardest part of paying it forward is convincing the cranky and skeptical people out there that you don't have an ulterior motive for doing something nice. We're a rather suspicious lot, us humans. It's worth it for the few times that you get to make someone's a day little bit better, though.

  7. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says:

    I think I would use my bundt cake pan more if it was shaped like that, so cool!

  8. claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    I mean, this is the prettiest thing I've ever seen.

  9. Dionne Baldwin says:

    Screw their attitudes. Whatever their reason, that's downright RUDE. You are such a sweet and thoughtful person I would hate to think they don't even take a moment to see that. I guess that's why they're called strangers. They are very strange.

    I love seeing your beautiful yummy treats that you are making! I hope you have a most excellent day my beautiful friend!

  10. I just love the shape of that cake! Every time I see a bundt made with that pan I want to run out and buy one. Delicious flavor combo, this sounds amazing!

  11. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    AH-MAZING, Kita! I seriously just want the entire boozy cake for myself!

  12. Your cake is stunningly beautiful. Wow!! Sounds perfect, too!

  13. RavieNomNoms says:

    That is seriously a gorgeous cake! I have seen those bundt pans before but was always nervous it wouldn't come out like that, get stuck or something. You did any amazing job!

  14. Ella-Home Cooking Adventure says:

    Just discovered your blog and i love it. 🙂 Will be following it. This cake looks lovely and would be a perfect treat right now:)

  15. amanda @ fake ginger says:

    Wait. There's maple crown?! How did I not know this?

    I try to pay it forward always but people are dicks. (Sorry I said dicks on your blog.)

  16. That swirl pan is my favorite of all fancy bundt pans. It is so classy looking.

    I am sorry that all of your good turns seem to be thrown back in your face. It's hard to be nice when it isn't received graciously.

  17. I. Want. A. Piece. NOW! I love your bundt mold - MUST find! =)

  18. Jennie @themessybakeblog says:

    This cake is gorgeous, Kita! I love that glaze. I think paying it forward is something everyone should live by.

  19. Copterrn1 says:

    Has anyone made this without the liquor?

  20. Suga Flower bells says:

    This cake looked amazingly gorgeous but after making it step by step it turned out to be very dry. It was then questionable, how to make a pound cake without butter???

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