October 29, 2012

Banana Cake

I'm so sorry, these pictures really are not the best, but we were nearly done eating this banana cake and I suddenly realized that I needed to get it photographed quickly before it was gone, and these days, the light is really really poor in my kitchen. Darn you grey clouds. Ok, I will attempt mightily to avoid complaining the weather in each and every post. It's not even that bad yet.

This recipe is a Pinterest creation! I pinned it and then I made it! (original recipe here) Yay for me! But more importantly, yay for all of us, because some of you are gonna make this lovey of a cake and then you'll be as happy in your tummy as I was when I was eating it.

I don't know if anyone else recalls a banana cake made by Sara Lee. Sara Lee sells different items regionally. Well waaaay back in the day, they made some frosted cupcakes and a banana cake, and both of these offerings were divinely delicious. This banana cake reminds of that banana cake, and it's a taste I never thought to have again.

I was a teensy dismayed when I baked the cake and took it out of the pan. It's a bit...flat. Not a tall rise, as there is only one egg and not much rising agent. If you wanted some tall, fluffy creation, you'd have to double the recipe and make it into a layer cake, which would not be hard at all to do. 

But the smallness of it...that's ok. It really was perfect. Moist and banananey. The kicker of this cake though, IS THE FROSTING. Oh the frosting. Do you see those little specks? VANILLA BEAN, my friends. You can use either straight vanilla, or vanilla paste or a vanilla bean. I had a bean, so I used a bean. And this frosting, oh MY GOODNESS, this frosting. It's just incredible. I walked in to see my family and a couple of our close friends, who were over for the evening, and said (after I had sneaked a bite) "I don't want to brag, but this cake is going to BLOW YOUR MIND." (and they all agreed with me because they are very nice.)

But really! Julia took a bite and then did a doubletake. My friend asked for seconds. ANDREW ATE IT happily and he doesn't like cake, remember?

This cake was utterly delightful, (which as some of you know, that's my favorite word, next to awesome) and is pretty much the highest praise I can bestow upon something. I'm going to stop going on and on and just give you the recipe.

Banana Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting (via Butteryum)

Cake Ingredients:
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1 egg
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 mashed super-ripe bananas (about 3/4 cup)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Frosting Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or the seeds scraped out of 1 vanilla bean, OR 1 tablespoon vanilla extract)
1 and 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar

Directions for cake:
Cake may be mixed by hand. Preheat oven to 375 degrees if using a metal 8 x 8 pan, 350 degrees if using a glass pan. Cream together butter, sugar, sour cream, and egg. Add vanilla and mashed bananas. Add flour, salt and baking powder ~ mix well. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a tester inserted in middle of cake comes clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Directions for frosting:
Cream butter and confectioner's sugar until smooth. Slowly add heavy cream, mix until smooth. Stir in vanilla until incorporated. Spread on cooled cake.
(Recipe may be doubled to fit a 9 x 13 pan.)

I can't wait until I can make this again!


  1. All I can say is NOM! It looks delicious! My hubby loves banana cake even more than I do. Gotta try this out! Good thing I brought ice cream to work today to quell my sweet tooth and in anticipation of reading your posts ;-)

  2. I wish I could say I like anything banana, but alas... bananas and I are not friends. That said, it's a lovely looking cake. Moist. Gooey frosting. Vanilla flecks. Looks like you hit a home run!

  3. My Grandma made banana cake for the girls yesterday! (They were at her house all day.) She would have brought some over for us, but I'd just made pumpkin bread...

    I know that her recipe was torn out of a magazine years ago. She brought it over for me once. It was probably from the '50s or '60s, and had a great graphic of a banana on it.

    Awesome real vanilla bean! YUMMMMMMM!!!!!!

  4. I am telling you, this one will be in heavy duty rotation in the sweet schedule! We just adored it. Now if I could figure out how to replicate those Sara Lee cupcakes....

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    1. Looking at this post just makes me want to make it all over again immediately :)

  6. That cake looks so delicious! I'm a complete sucker for banana cakes - and the frosting is absolutely gorgeous with all those vanilla seeds! Love it! <3

    1. Oh if you like banana cakes, you will like this so much Patricia! Now I need to go look through your archives and check out any banana cakes you might have...I only want to eat banana cake for awhile...;)

  7. That looks soooo delicious. I just love banana cake and foolishly like to delude myself that they're half-healthy. :)
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    Ronnie xo