Thursday, November 3, 2011

Banana Cake with Vanilla Frosting

This cake is bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!
Okay, just channeling my inner-Gwen Stefani there.  What? Am I the only one with an inner Gwen Stefani?  Come on now! I ain't no holla-back girl!  For those of you who have no clue what I'm talking about, just forget you ever read that upper half of the post.  I make stuff with bananas and I feel obligated to sing that song. I can't help it. It's hard-wired into me at this point. 

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!



36 comments:

Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny said...

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

Baker Street said...

Love the frosting!

Gloria said...

This sound and look delicious!! gloria

Sheena said...

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

Jenn @ Baking Jenn's Blog said...

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

the rookie years said...

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

Sandra said...

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!

The Better Baker said...

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!

Kim Bee said...

This is one gorgeous cake. Holla!

Rosemary said...

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

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

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

Mary said...

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

Krista said...

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!)

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Carolinaheartstrings said...

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

Debi said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

The Country Cook said...

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

Annie Oakley's Kitchen said...

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.

Builder Mama said...

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

The Country Cook said...

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

Anonymous said...

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 :)

Rockin-Nailz said...

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!

Patticakes said...

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

Cindy said...

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

The Country Cook said...

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

christina said...

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.

Lilian said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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!

Jane Hyden said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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!

Anonymous said...

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!!

Anonymous said...

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.

Jennifer said...

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

Michelle said...

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

Anonymous said...

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!

Anonymous said...

Just popped it in the oven! Cant wait!