Bananas Foster Crunch Cake

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups mashed bananas
1/4 cup light rum
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups cornmeal
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed firmly
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

Preheat oven to 350F. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in mashed bananas, rum and vanilla. Combine 1-1/2 cups flour and next 4 ingredients. Add to butter mixture, mixing until well blended. Pour into a greased and floured 10 inch tube pan; set aside.

Combine 1/2 cup flour, pecans, brown sugar, and butter; sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350F for 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 15 minutes; remove from pan, and let cool completely on wire rack.

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Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana