You’ll Go Bananas For This Cake

Looking for dessert for your dinner party that tastes rich and decadent, yet light and airy too? We have just the ticket… our Banana Cake that we served at Tuesday Lunch fits that bill.  Try some nuts on top, if you’re feeling a little nutty. Enjoy!

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese FrostingBanana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

CAKE

  • Spray oil, for pan
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting pan
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ pound sweet butter, unsalted (1 stick)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, separated, divided
  • 1 cup bananas, ripe, peeled, mashed
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon banana extract

FROSTING

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-x 13-inch baking pan with oil and dust with flour. Set aside.

For the cake, in a bowl sift together 2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In an electric mixer bowl add the butter and sugar and cream together to combine. Add egg yolks and beat well. Add bananas and mix thoroughly. Add the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Add buttermilk, vanilla and banana extracts. Stir to combine.

In a separate bowl add the egg whites and beat until soft peaks form. Gently fold into the batter. Pour batter into the baking pan and place in oven to bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until done. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

For the frosting, in an electric mixer bowl add the butter and cream cheese. Cream together until smooth. Stir in the powdered sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla to combine. Spread frosting over top of cooled cake.

Makes 12-18 servings

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