Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Best Ever Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


This is a very interesting recipe for a banana cake and an excellent one. I found this at the Repressed Pastry Chef's food blog. The direct link to the recipe is on Recipezaar, where it received 5 stars and hundreds of excellent reviews. This cake has a trick to it. You bake it at 275F for one hour and then put it straight into the freezer for 45 minutes. Yes, you read this correctly. They say that putting it straight from the oven into the freezer is the secret of getting it very moist. It baked in my oven for 1 1/2 hours at 275F and I did freeze it for 45 minutes. I let it sit out then for about a half hour and frosted it. It is fabulous. I brought it into work and everyone raved about it and so did my husband. Give this a try if you like banana cake. It will NOT disappoint, plus it's fun to try recipes that are different. That is what attracted me to this cake and of course the hundreds of positive reviews. I've also found that banana cake, like banana bread is best eaten the next day........

1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed (very 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 (I used whole milk with 1 tablespoon lemon juice)

Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 1/2 cups icing sugar

Garnish

chopped walnuts (I used chocolate sprinkles)

Preheat oven to 275F degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan. In a small bowl mash bananas with the lemon juice and set aside. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Stir in the banana mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place directly in freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.

For the frosting, cream butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla and add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until smooth. Spread on cooled cake and top with walnuts (or sprinkles), if desired.


14 comments:

Donna-FFW said...

Hi Debbie-
I love banana baked goods. Adore cream cheese. I am soo trying this. Sounds delicious!! Just discovered your blog. Enjoying it!

Lisa said...

I am still on a healthy food kick so this post is killing me. Yum!

noble pig said...

Okay now I have to try the freezing thing, sounds cool and different. Gracias.

Katherine Aucoin said...

That is different. My hisband and I would love this cake. Deb, this it total food pron. The trick is having enought space to place a 9x13 pan in the freezer.

Pam said...

I love banana bread so I am sure I would really like this. The frosting sounds so good.

Natashya said...

I have never heard of a technique like that. I usually just do banana loaves in mini loaf size as I am not good at getting the middle and the edges consistently cooked.
I am a sucker for anything with a cream cheese frosting..

Dragon said...

I love banana cakes. It's a serious addiction. :) Yours look amazing.

Emily said...

I want to stick my face into that! It looks SO GOOD. Banana is my favorite.

Cheryl said...

My husband loves banannas, so he will love this! I also loved the Pot Roast, on my list for the next cold day!

Darius T. Williams said...

Hallelujah!

This looks sooo good and those flavor combos look amazing!

The Blonde Duck said...

It looks fabulous! Now I just have to clear out my freezer...

Amanda said...

Oooo excellent, can't wait to try this!

Pamela said...

Hmmmm...I've heard of this trick before, but I've never tried it. I do have 4 bananas that are super ripe on the counter right now, too. Love the banana/cream cheese frosting combo!

And I wanted to thank you Debbie, for always leaving such kind and supportive comments on my blog! I really appreciate that!

Kevin said...

That banana cake looks good all covered with cream cheese frosting!