Friday, February 1, 2013

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

When there's ripe bananas in my kitchen then there's a banana bread or cake baking in my oven! I mostly bake banana bread (it's high demand in my house) but this this I wanted to try it in cake form. Banana + Cake = Cream Cheese Frosting! Oh Yeah! I love cream cheese frosting. You could spread that baby on just about anything. Or just plain cream cheese would also do it for me.

This cake is really delicious, light and super moist. It's pretty much fool proof, so it's real simple and easy to make. One piece just didn't cut it with me. I'm a cake, cupcake and cookie eater...Well I think it's known I'll eat just about anything!

Make it! Make it now!


Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes 8"x8" pan


Banana Cake
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
2 eggs
3 tablespoons melted butter
2 mashed (over ripe) bananas (about 3/4 cup)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder

Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 block (4 oz.) cream cheese
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons milk or cream, if needed to thin frosting for easy spreading.
1/4 cup chopped, toasted walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 375*F. Grease an 8"x8" pan (with butter or non-stick cooking spray).
In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, sour cream, eggs, melted butter, mashed banana and vanilla. Whisk (can be done by hand, or with electric mixer) until fully combined.
Add flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and baking powder, and stir with whisk or spoon until fully combined and smooth.

Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake at 375*F for about 30 minutes (check after 25 minutes). Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no wet batter.
Cool (in pan) on wire rack.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, or with an electric hand mixer, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar, then add vanilla. Add milk or cream, if needed to thin frosting for easy spreading.

Spread frosting onto cooled cake (make sure the cake is cool, or the frosting will melt).
Top cake with chopped, toasted nuts, if desired.

Source: Glorious Treats
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