March 20, 2011

Bon Appétit!

This weekend I watched one of my favorite chick-flicks.. Julie & Julia. It so perfectly combines my love for cooking, Meryl Streep and blogging that I felt inspired... inspired to cook.. and to blog..

So I cooked, and now I'm blogging.. and I promise you, this delicious banana cake is worth talking about! It's perfectly moist, and the cream cheese frosting adds just the right amount of richness. The recipe is so simple I just had to share:

Best Ever Banana Cake Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed, ripe 
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice 
  • 3 cups flour 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened 
  • 2 1/8 cups sugar 
  • 3 large eggs 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla 
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened 
  • 1 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 3 1/2 cups icing sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 275°.
  2. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.
  3. In a small bowl, mix mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy.
  6. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in 2 tsp vanilla.
  7. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
  8. Stir in banana mixture.
  9. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  10. Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.
  11. For the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  12. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  13. Add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until frosting is smooth.
  14. Spread on cooled cake.
  15. Sprinkle chopped walnuts over top of the frosting, if desired.
  16. Enjoy!

So what are you waiting for? Today's gloomy San Diego weather is begging for some baking. Bon appétit!

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1 comment:

Courtney B said...

Ooooo yum! I'm totally going to use your recipe and make this! Thanks for posting :)