THE TOP BANANA CAKE . . . a delicious doodle to make!

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Cakes lavished with icing appear to be attending a party.    They sashay onto your plate with a come-hither look, and you swoon with delight.  There’s banana muffins. There’s banana loaf.  But the top banana is this old-fashioned banana cake by my favorite cook-book writer, The Barefoot Contessa.

This is a no nonsense, never fail type of cake.  A doodle to whip up even if you don’t have a mixer.  It has a fine, moist crumb flavoured with orange zest and studded with almonds.   And the icing is definitely “the icing on the cake”.   Cream cheese frosting  and banana cake is a marriage made in kitchen heaven.

This is the cake I make when bringing a dessert to a pot-luck supper.  It travels well.  It keeps well.  You can whip it up a day or so before serving.  And it slices beautifully.

THE TOP BANANA CAKE . . . a delicious doodle to make!
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Cuisine: American
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An easy to make banana cake flavoured orange zest and frosted with cream cheese frosting.
Ingredients
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature (or two large eggs and one egg yolk)]
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Grated zest of one orange
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • cream cheese frosting recipe follows
  • walnut halves, for decorating
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease. flour and then line with paper a 9 x 2-inchround cake pan.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the banas, granulated sugar, and brown sugar on low speed until combined.
  3. With the mixer still on low, add the oil, eggs, sour cream, vanilla, and orange zest. Mix until smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
  6. Stir in the chopped walnuts.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, turn out onto a cooling rack, and cool completely.
  9. Spread the frosting thickly on the top of the cake and decorate with walnut halves.
  10. CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  11. oz. cream cheese at room temperature
  12. tbs (3 oz) unsalted butter at room temperature
  13. tsp pure vanilla extract
  14. Grated zest from an orange
  15. /2 cups SIFTED confectioners' sugar (8 ounces)
  16. Mix the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on low speed until just combined. DON'T WHIP!
  17. Add the sugar and mix until smooth.

 

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2 Responses to THE TOP BANANA CAKE . . . a delicious doodle to make!

  1. Teresa Lees says:

    Love, love your recipes Mrs Butterfingers! Read through the recipe for Banana Cake…the recipe for the cream cheese icing is missing ingredient amounts (numbers 11 – 17 take place of ingredient amounts I think) Could you please post ingredient amounts. Many thanks,
    Trish

    • admin says:

      Thanks for the heads up Trish. The missing ingredients have been inserted. Moral to writing recipes – don’t leave a recipe file unfinished to keep a hair appointment. My husband and I have just finished having a slice of the cake with our afternoon cup of tea. Two days later and it is still delicious and fresh tasting. I love these types of recipes. Bon Appetit Virginia

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