The Country Cook: Banana Cake with Vanilla Frosting
                                                   

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Banana Cake with Vanilla Frosting


I buy bananas like crazy. Every time I go to the store, I pick up a bunch. Mainly because my son and husband love them.  Also because they can never eat them as fast as I buy them so I have excuses to make yummy goodness like Banana Bread and this Banana Cake. This recipe was given to me by a co-worker many years ago and I cannot even tell you the number of times I have made it. It is just so good (with or without the frosting). So if you have some super ripe bananas, maybe try this cake some time. The riper the banana, the sweeter the cake!
Ingredients:
For the cake
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
2 eggs
4 tablespoons butter, melted
4 medium, super ripe bananas, mashed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

For the frosting (optional)
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar


Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375F degrees. Spray 13x9 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray (I like the kind that has flour in it).

In a medium bowl, cream together sugar, sour cream, egg, and melted butter. Add mashed bananas and vanilla extract.  Add flour, salt, and baking soda; mix well. 

Pour into greased pan.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool completely before frosting.

To make frosting:
Cream butter and confectioner's sugar together until smooth.  Slowly add the heavy cream; stir until smooth.  Stir in vanilla extract.  Spread on cooled cake.

Cook’s Note: The frosting really is optional in this. This cake is so moist and is plenty sweet all by itself. It will be more like a snack cake without the frosting. Like cream cheese frosting? Try adding 1/2 block (4 oz.) of softened cream cheese to the frosting mixture, adding a little more milk or heavy cream if necessary to make it spreadable.
Enjoy!


38 comments :

  1. Oh wow this cake looks to die for! I'm loving the flavors! :)

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  2. This sound and look delicious!! gloria

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  3. I love any banana recipes! Can't wait to try it!

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  4. Haha, the Gwen Stefani reference is great. That song was my jam back in the day. I love banana cake. Yours looks amazing.

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  5. Brandie, this looks incredible! I've got a bunch of good ripe bananas, I'll have to give this a try! YUM!!!

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  6. I got the first half of the post and I'm still chuckling! Love the recipe and it's right on time. A very dear friend requested a banana cake for her birthday that's coming soon. Thanks a bunch!

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  7. You're so funny! =) Believe it or not, I made banana cupcakes from scratch just 2 days ago. I love this recipe with sour cream added...MMMM!

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  8. This is one gorgeous cake. Holla!

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  9. I've never thought of banana cake -- only bread, or muffins. I'm thinking I'd like this cake even better!

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  10. Looks so great, moist and delicious - love this! frosting looks great too
    Mary x

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  11. Brandie, you always have such wonderful recipes. It is a real pleasure to visit your blog. I never leave empty handed. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  12. Oh this looks heavenly! You know, my monkey would love this one! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper! (Oh, and for getting that song stuck in my head!)

    Everyday Mom's Meals

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  13. I know exactly what you are talking about ..... And this recipe looks delicious. Cannot wait to try this one.

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  14. I Love Banana Cake! This looks Delicious! I saw you on EMM Church Supper! <3 and Hugs! I'd love for you to join our Thursday's Treasures sometime. <3 and HUgs!
    http://www.recipesformyboys.com/p/thursdays-treasures.html

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  15. Love ur blog!!!
    Do u think that i can use this recipe for cup cakes?
    Thank u!
    greetings from Norway;)

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  16. Hello Norway!! I don't see why you couldn't make these into cupcakes. You'll have to adjust the baking times slightly though :)

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  17. Lmao! I got that one right away and must admit that I can't make any reference to bananas without breaking into song.

    Ya know my friend made a banana cake for her niece's Birthday that was honestly one of the best cakes I had ever had. I've been bugging her for the recipe but she has yet to give it up. I'm going to have to try yours, it sounds very similar.

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  18. This is my third time making this cake - my family loves it! Thank you!

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  19. Hi Builder Mama - so happy you love it!! Thank you so much for letting me know!! :)

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  20. Wow..I love this cake! My family raved about it. I made it again today and somehow forgot to add in the sugar haha. It was a bit bland but the frosting made up for it! (I did a whipped cream cheese frosting this time). This cake is a total winner in our home :)

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  21. My mom always made banana cake but frosted it with peanut butter frosting - you will have to try that - it was delicious! :) LOVE your site and recipes! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  22. Another winner Brandi! I can see this as a layer cake with frosting and layer of bananas in the middle!!! Yum!

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  23. Hey Brandie, have you ever made this in a bundt pan?

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  24. Hi Cindy! I haven't actually tried this one as a bundt cake. If you give it a try though - I'd love to know how it turned out for you! ~Brandie

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  25. I am so so glad that you are sharing this wonderful easy recipe, just like all the other recipes you have. This sounds so great and I will be making it for my husband's bday next month. I am really glad to have found this blog site of yours. Thank you Brandie, you are making my cooking days happier with your recipes.

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  26. I am a big fan of moist cake and bananas, so this recipe is a hit! Made it this afternoon and the frosting will be put on the cake tomorrow. If there is any cake left by then remains to be seen.

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  27. Must try this recipe. It sounds delicious. My mom always made banana cake with a pink butter icing made with chopped marachino cherries and some of the cherry syrup for colour. Wonderful memories... Thank you!

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  28. This looks nice and easy. I do not have any bananas at the moment, but will buy some extra to ripen especially for cake. When we were growing up our neighbor made banana cake all the time and she always put a caramel icing on it. Lots of different ways to top it.

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  29. My mother and i tried this recipe because we had so many ripe bananas laying around and we wanted to get rid of them, it's amazing! thank you so much for this recipe, it will be made a million times!

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  30. I think I'll try it with a peanut butter cream cheese frosting, THANKS for the site and the great & easy to read and follow recipes!

    2 Thumbs up!!

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  31. Thank you for sharing this recipe. The cake is amazing and I'm in love :)))!
    I prepared it with 2 bananas and less sugar. For the frosting I used sour cream and mascarpone.

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  32. I am pregnant, this looks so yummy. I. will. be. making. this.

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  33. This cake is so yummy..I made it with a Brown Butter Frosting :)

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  34. I made this tonight but I used plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Also, I added about half a cup of peanut butter to the mix. It was fantastic!

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  35. Just popped it in the oven! Cant wait!

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  36. What can I use if I don't haves our cream or yogurt? Thanks,
    Michele

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  37. This is the best cake ever.told son inlaw i was making it again,and didnt have time that day. He was really upset.lol made it today.tu very much for the keeper recipie. P.s hubbie loves it too!
    Jeanette


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