Wednesday, January 4, 2012

{Super Moist Banana Cake + Cream Cheese Frosting}

We had the most amazing slice of banana cake on our flight home from Portland last week (of all places!). The package said it was made by Eli's Cheesecake from Chicago. In any case, the tiny slice I had just wasn't enough, so ever since our plane ride I've been craving more banana cake. I stayed up late Monday night to bake one, and boy-oh-boy was it worth it. The recipe was so good I had to share it! I used this Joy the Baker recipe, which is actually for cupcakes. I used two 9-inch round cake pans and baked them for 30-35 mins. It worked great and I even had some batter leftover to make a few cupcakes, which Corey's coworkers enjoyed as a breakfast treat on Tuesday :)

Super Moist Banana Cake

1 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups ripe bananas, mashed
(about 4 medium bananas)
3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chunks (I left these out)

Preheat the oven to 350.  Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda.  Set aside.  Mash the bananas and add the sour cream. Set aside.  Cream the butter in the sugar until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes.  Beat in the vanilla extract.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating each egg for 1 minute.  Scrape down the bowl after each addition.  Add the flour mixture alternately with the banana mixture, until just combined.  Fold in the nuts and chocolate.  Bake in cupcake papers, or a well greased and floured cupcake pan for 15- 20
minutes.  Check them after 15 minutes.

Martha's Cream Cheese Frosting

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Place cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl. Using a rubber spatula, soften cream cheese. Gradually add butter, and continue beating until smooth and well blended. Sift in confectioners' sugar, and continue beating until smooth. Add vanilla, and stir to combine.


26 comments:

  1. This sounds really good, Liz! Thanks for sharing the recipe! I'll have to try to make it soon.

    Lauren
    http://www.laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

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  2. Yummy! I was just watching cupcake wars and they made a banana nut cupcake... I will definitely be trying this!

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  3. I love anything banana flavored - this looks delectable!

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  4. This looks aaaamazing. Before I dare tackle the recipe, did you bake the cakes for 30 min or 15 as the recipe suggests?

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  5. When I saw this picture on your Twitter, I hoped you would post the recipe. Yum!

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  6. Laura J - I baked it for about 30-35 mins. I would check it around 25 mins :)

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  7. God your blog is beautiful. I have been scrolling through forever.

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  8. I must try this! When I was scrolling through my list.. I saw this picture and my mouth instantly started watering! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  9. Oh my...this looks divine. I need to bake this right away.

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  10. without a doubt I will be making it. yours looks divine! if you are ever in the SF Bay Area there is a bakery here that makes delish banana cake.

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  11. mmm - love banana cakes -looks great. think will make it sunday-might make it easier to go into work on monday!

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  12. yes yes yes. i have to make this pronto. and then I'll be eating it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner:-) xoxo

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  13. This looks so good! I have always just done banana nut bread and never a cake. This gives me new inspirations for baking! Thanks for sharing !!

    xo. A Southern Bee Diary


    :)

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  14. this looks AMAZING!!! your pics are fabulous. thanks so much for sharing!

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  15. Oh man, this looks good! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  16. Holy yum. I am definitely going to try this recipe!

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  17. oooooh this looks amazing!! i must try this!
    thanks!

    Lindsay

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  20. Thank you for posting this recipe! I was so, so intrigued after you posted it on Instagram, that I just had to have it! :)

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  21. uh oh, it's 10:40pm, and now you've got me craving this banana cake! i'll have to wait til tomorrow, but yummmmmm, it looks so good!! thanks for sharing liz!! xox

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  22. im basically crying over how delicious this looks. YUM.

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  23. Sounds lovely, I might just make it now :) but just wondering if I make one cake with it how big a cake tin should I use?

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  24. Made this banana cake tonight! turned out great! So yummy!!

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