Monday, May 23, 2011

Fabulous Banana Cake

Have you ever seen a really ripe banana? I don't mean the ones where you just see a few spots on them, but I'm talking about black on the outside and mush on the inside. Why am I talking to you about over ripe bananas? Well, that is exactly what you'll need in order to make a fabulous banana cake. The hardest part of this recipe will be waiting for your bananas to over ripen. Here's a picture of how they should look...

This cake comes out so moist and yummy, you won't believe it! And if the cake itself wasn't to die for, the cream cheese frosting will make your taste buds hum with delight. It's a super easy recipe, but prepare ahead, because the cake will need to sit in the fridge for an additional 45 minutes after coming out of the oven. But don't worry, the wait is so worth it!

Fabulous Banana Cake

1 1/2 cups mashed bananas, very ripe
2 tsp lemon juice
3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups brown sugar
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened
8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar

Chopped walnuts for garnish

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.

Grease and flour a 9 x 13 inch pan.

In a small bowl, mix the mashed bananas with the lemon juice.

In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt.

In a large bowl, beat on medium high speed the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Then stir in the banana mixture with a spoon until well combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for one hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and place directly into the fridge for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.

For the frosting, beat together on medium high speed the butter and cream cheese until very smooth.

Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Add the powdered sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until frosting is nice and smooth.

Spread on the cooled cake.

Sprinkle chopped walnuts over the top of the frosting as a garnish. Delicious!

Makes about 12 servings

**Helpful Note**
To change it up, in the cream cheese frosting, you can substitute 1 teaspoon of banana extract for the vanilla. Tastes great!

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