I can remember a very faint memory in my childhood of eating a banana cake. I have had occasional flash backs of this and can remember it being so good. I can’t remember the event or who made it, so I have been unable to locate the recipe. When Jace and Krystal were here at Christmas ( that is how behind I am with posting), I found this recipe and thought it was worth a try. It matched the faint, I don’t know where it is from memory that I had. This was so good and so moist. If you are like me you always have a few not so pretty bananas in the pantry come grocery day. I usually make banana bread of banana cookies but this will be in the mix quite frequently.( I will post my favorite banana cookies next.)
Like I said this is so moist. The directions are a bit strange but follow them exactly. Not sure if it matters, but I did and it turned out great. The oven temp is really low so it takes a long time to bake. The recipe took longer in my oven–an hour and a half, but start checking at the hour mark.
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 3 cups flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 3⁄4 cup butter, softened
- 2 1⁄8 cups sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 1⁄2 cups buttermilk
- 1 1/2 cups mashed banana
- 1⁄2 cup butter, softened
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 1⁄2 cups icing sugar
- Preheat oven to 275°.
- Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.
- In a small bowl, mix mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy.
- Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in 2 tsp vanilla.
- Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
- Stir in banana mixture.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.
- For the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
- Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla.
- Add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until frosting is smooth.
- Spread on cooled cake.
- Sprinkle chopped walnuts over top of the frosting, if desired.
Found this picture after I made mine(courtesy abakershouse.com) and thought so pretty for next time!!