Sunday, April 18, 2010

Karen's Banana Cake

My dear friend Karen, and also my neighbor, made the most delicious cake for
church dinner today....I had to get the recipe from her, so I now post it so I can come back here and find it....this blog has ALL my favorite recipes.

Karen's Banana Cake

"This is a very versatile and fast cake recipe.
Not only is it moist and delicious, the same
batter can be used to make banana bread
and muffins. Delicious frosted with chocolate
or cream cheese frosting."

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup white sugar 3/4 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
4 ripe bananas, mashed
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Karen also adds :
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 heaping Tablespoon Sour Cream to the batter.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease and flour 2 - 8 inch round pans.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour
, baking soda and salt; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream butter, white sugar
and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in
eggs, one at a time. Mix in the bananas. Add flour
mixture alternately with the buttermilk to the creamed
mixture. Stir in chopped walnuts. Pour batter into the
prepared pans.
3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven,
and place on a damp tea towel to cool

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 pkg cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick butter, room temperature
2 lb powdered sugar
pinch of salt
1 t vanilla
1 t butter flavoring
1/2 & 1/2 or milk to thin to spreading

Beat the cream cheese and butter till
blended good. Gradually beat in
the powdered sugar and salt; beat
in the flavorings. Thin with the 1/2 &
1/2 or milk until you get to desired
spreading consistency. I always let it
beat for quite a while and taste test
it until it's no longer gritty, usuall
about 10 minutes or so. Then stack
and frost the cooled layers. Enjoy!!