Sunday, July 24, 2011

The BEST Banana Cake

Who needs banana cake? Isn't there already banana bread? Why mar a cake with banana??
I thought the same thing until I made this cake. Now, I always buy more bananas than we need, just so that they can go "bad" for the cake.

1 ½ c. granulated sugar
½ c. butter (at room temperature)
2 eggs (at room temperature)
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flour
1 ½ tsp. Baking powder
¾ tsp. Baking soda
½ tsp. salt
½ c. buttermilk
1 c. mashed ripe bananas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy (3 minutes).
Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla.

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. (I usually  sift 3 times.)

Add ½ of flour mixture to butter mixture. Mix well.
Add buttermilk. Mix well.
Add other half of flour mixture. Mix well.
Add bananas. Mix well.

Pour into greased and floured 9x13 pan.
Bake for 30 minutes—or until brown on the outsides—and til a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely.

Roughly Ice with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 (8 oz) pkg. Cream Cheese (at room temperature)
4 Tbsp. (1/2 stick) Butter (at room temperature)
1 tsp. Vanilla
2-4 cups powdered sugar
1-3 Tbsp. milk

When cream cheese and butter are soft and room temperature, combine.
Add vanilla. Mix well.
Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time until icing reaches desired consistency and taste.

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  1. An under-ripe banana will give a bitter taste. Lacatan, latundan, and bongolan from Davao are the best types to use. Market vendors would benefit from making overripe bananas into muffins, bread, and cookies instead of throwing them away.

  2. The cream cheese frosting has milk listed in the ingredients but its not added anywhere in the directions. Do I add it when I add the vanilla?

    1. Thank you for noticing that! I add the milk at the end, *IF* I need it. Sometimes it's thin enough without milk, and sometimes I need it to thin the frosting out enough to spread.
      Good luck with the cake!
      - Beki


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