I have been looking unsuccessfully for a recipe for banana cake with cream frosting ever since I can remember. Years ago when we came to this country and I was a very young girl I fell in love with a banana cake which you could buy in the frozen section of any supermarket. It was none other than Sara Lee's Banana Cake. After awhile I sort of outgrew it and years later I tried it again and somehow it did not seem to be the same. I don't know if Sara Lee changed the recipe or if my taste buds grew more sophisticated. But the idea has stayed in my mind, particularly since my son loves banana cream pie. I wonder if somehow he has inherited the banana gene from his mother.
I have looked for a good banana cake recipe in every cookbook I own and and all over the Internet. Nothing. So I picked out one that seemed to have the basics and proceeded to go from there.
What you want is a really light cake with a banana cream frosting that is on the creamy side and not too stiff. I have substituted the regular flour for cake flour and followed the instructions on the box to make sure the measurements are right. Originally the recipe called for 2 1/4 cups regular flour* which is the reason for the extra tablespoon you see in the ingredients.
The second ingredient that has been changed is the shortening, primarily because I didn't have any on hand. Shortening is supposed to make cakes lighter but the butter worked great in this case.
Finally, I have added a ripe banana to the frosting as I recalled that this was the game changer in the recipe of my dreams.
The recipe can also be baked in two cake pans, with frosting in the middle, for a different twist.
All in all, my best critic, who is my daughter, adored it and that is a lot coming from someone who doesn't like desserts!
- 2 1/2 cups plus 1 TB. cake flour*
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2teaspoon salt
- 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (about 3)
- 3/4cup buttermilk or sour milk*
- 1/2cup shortening or butter (i used latter)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
1. Grease and lightly flour one 13x9x2-inch baking pan; set pan aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat the butter in an electric mixer on low speed, add the sugar, mix until combined. Add the mashed bananas, and vanilla. Add eggs, mix well, then add the buttermilk. Add the flour mix slowly and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
3. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for about 35 minutes for 13x9-inch pan or till a wooden toothpick comes out clean. Place cake in pan on a wire rack; cool thoroughly. Frost with Banana Cream Frosting. Makes 12 to 16 servings.
Note : If you don't have buttermilk on hand, substitute sour milk in the same amount. For the 3/4 cup of sour milk needed, place 2-1/4 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar in a glass measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 3/4 cup total liquid; stir. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes before using it in a recipe.
Banana Cream Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1 8 oz pck. cream cheese or Neufchatel (1/3 less fat)*
1 mashed banana
1/2 tsp vanilla vanilla
3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
First mix the butter and cream cheese. Add the banana well mashed. Add vanilla and sugar. If the frosting is too stiff, add 1 TB. sour cream. I purposely used Neufchatel cheese to make the frosting lighter.
Put in the refrigerator until about an hour before ready to serve.
The cake keeps best in the refrigerator. I have frozen half, frosting and all. I will let you know how it turns out.