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Best Ever Banana Cake

banana cake

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.

Ingredients:

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 275°.
  2. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.
  3. In a small bowl, mix mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy.
  6. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in 2 tsp vanilla.
  7. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
  8. Stir in banana mixture.
  9. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  10. Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.
  11. For the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  12. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  13. Add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until frosting is smooth.
  14. Spread on cooled cake.
  15. Sprinkle chopped walnuts over top of the frosting, if desired.

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Found this picture after I made mine(courtesy abakershouse.com) and thought so pretty for next time!!

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Recipes

 

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My Planter Boxes!!!

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Last summer when Jace and Krystal were living with us prior to leaving for Washington State to finish out Vet School, they made me some wonderful planter boxes–7 more to be exact.  Jace had made me my first two right before he left on his mission.  I have some pretty great pictures of him and Dave Bayley with the chainsaw.  Looking back, not a great mix.  I do remember watching them pull and pull the cord to start it for what seemed like an hour, with sweat dripping, only to discover it was in the “off” setting. Last week, I finished planting them and I am so excited to see how they evolve over the summer.  I was so undecided on how I wanted them to be done and looked and looked for online plans, but none of them seemed to fit what I had in mind.  I finally decided to just jump in and design my own, realizing that each year I can make changes I have It is a great mixture of the vegetables we eat the most and a nice combo of cut flowers. I have a full planter box of tomatoes, a full box of squash, a full box of peppers, and then cucumbers spread throughout.  I also have a box of lettuce and herbs.  I am going to replace the lettuce with more herbs when it is harvested. I tried to pick flowers that will make great bouquets throughout the summer, mixing perennials, annuals, and bulbs. Thanks Jace and Krystal for building them and thanks Jordan for painting them.  I love them so much!!! I will do some updated pictures as the gardens grow.

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2015 in DIY, My Favorite Things

 

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