About a month ago I received a phone call from that long ago colleague. She was looking for the banana cake recipe and thought she remembered giving it to me. Ah ha, at last I knew from whom I had received the recipe. Did I have it. she wondered? You know the recipe with bananas in the frosting? Yes, I did have it. She was relieved and I was motivated to make a banana cake.
This is a dense cake, packed with banana flavor. The most unique thing about it is that banana puree is an important ingredient in the frosting. Make this cake at least a day ahead of when you will serve it. The flavors are enhanced. You'll find that it freezes well, too.
|Banana Cake Ingredients|
- 4 medium ripe bananas
- 4 large eggs
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
For the Frosting
- 1 banana
- 2 tablespoons cocoa
- 3 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
- splash of vanilla, optional
Grease and flour a deep cake pan. I used a 10 inch spring form pan, but any size pan with tall sides can be used. Mash the 4 bananas into a smooth puree. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Cream the butter and sugar together in the bowl of your electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and then the bananas. Beat well, until smooth, about 2 minutes.
|The Cake Batter|
Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture. Add the chopped nuts and stir to combine. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake on the center rack of your oven for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes and remove the cake from the pan. Cool completely before frosting.
|The Baked Cake|
To make the frosting, puree the remaining banana until smooth. Place the butter and cocoa in a microwave safe bowl and heat until the butter melts. Pour the butter mixture into the banana puree. Add the confectioner's sugar in thirds, mixing well to a smooth consistency. Add a splash of vanilla, if desired. Let the frosting sit for a couple of minutes to thicken. Spread on the cake.
|The Frosted Banana Cake|
You can get the printable Banana Cake recipe by clicking the link.