Banana cake

Saturday, April 24, 2010

I made this cake last night and let me tell you it is delicious! And moist..oh my!





What you'll need:

For cake:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 very ripe medium bananas
For frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 4 - 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Small amount (about 1 tsp) finely grated chocolate
For cake:

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9 x 13" baking pan or two 9" square baking pans. Set aside.


Mash bananas until smooth and creamy. I used a potato masher but you can use a wooden spoon, a food processor or a hand mixer.




Add the baking soda to the mashed bananas and stir to combine.


Set aside.


Place sugar, butter and beaten eggs into a large bowl.



Beat on medium speed until smooth.



Mix together flour, salt and baking powder. Alternate beating in flour mixture and milk beginning with flour and ending with flour. Beat until well combined and creamy.


Add vanilla and banana mixture. Note: The banana mixture will be very thin at this point.


Beat until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Pour into prepared pan(s).


Bake layer cakes (9" pans) for 25 - 30 minutes and oblong cake (13x9" pan) for 35 - 40 minutes or until cake is golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to remain in pan(s) for 5 minutes. You'll notice the sides pulling away from the pan as it rests. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely (at least 30 minutes).



Notice I have one of the cakes cooling upside down. I do this because I put the bottoms together when making a layer cake. The bottom layer is upside down with the top layer right side up.


Frost the top of the bottom layer and sprinkle with a little less than 1/4 cup of the mini chocolate chips.




Place the top layer onto the bottom layer.



It looks like a big ol' Suzie Q doesn't it? :)


Frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting and sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top of cake along with the grated chocolate.




Here's what the inside looks like:



It was soooooo good!


For frosting:


Cream together butter, cream cheese and vanilla. Gradually add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating with an electric mixer until desired consistency is achieved.

Cost:

butter - $2.38
sugar - $2.42
eggs (18 count) -$1.47
all purpose flour - $1.25
baking powder - $1.14
baking soda - $0.50
milk - $1.78/gallon
vanilla (2 oz) - $1.96
bananas - $0.44/lb
cream cheese - $0.98
powdered sugar - $1.67
chocolate chips - $1.97
Total - $4.58

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