Monday, January 19, 2009

Monday's meal

If you've followed my blog for a bit you might have noticed that I really like bananas. My friend D. turned me on to this fantistically delicous recipe. I've seen it before on several sites and never tried it. How wrong I was, it's probably one of the best Banana cake recipes I've ever tasted. I think it's because it stays so incredibly moist. Don't think that when you see the cooking temperature it's a typo and don't forgot to put it in the freezer. That's essential. You're going to love it!
Oh and for the ladies at work who you go, I'm expecting some cake next weekend, lol.

Best Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

3/4 cup butter
2 1/8 cups white sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas

Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. In a small bowl, mix mashed bananas with lemon juice, set aside. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Stir in banana mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place directly into freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.

For the frosting: In a large bowl, cream 1/2 cup butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add confectioners sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high until frosting is smooth. Spread on cooled cake.

** Be sure to test the cake for doneness, I needed to cook mine for a bit longer than the recipe called for **