If you're wondering what to do with those ripe bananas sitting on your counter, I've got a delicious alternative for you. Honestly, this may be the best banana cake I've ever tasted. It's moist and tender with a pronounced banana flavor, and a tangy cream cheese frosting. You can whip it up in no time. It's a simple one layer cake, baked in a 9 x 13" pan and will feed a crowd of at least 12 people. And if you don't have a crowd to feed, it freezes nicely. The original recipe comes from LA's Clementine Bakery. I tweaked it a bit by changing the flour (pastry flour is difficult to find), adding chopped pecans to the frosting, and adjusting the frosting to make it a bit more tangy.
best banana cake ever
- 1-1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1-1/3 cup cake flour
- 2-1/3 cup sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 large very ripe bananas (or 4 small)
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 3/4 cup canola oil
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a 9 x 13 inch pan.
Sift together the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl.
In the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, mash the bananas until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, then the buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Finally add the flour mixture and mix only until combined. Do not over mix.
Pour into greased pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. The top should be golden brown, a toothpick inserted into the center will come out clean, and the cake will spring back when lightly touched. Cool in the pan on a rack.
- 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
- 3 oz. butter, at room temperature
- 1/3 cup plus 2 T. powdered sugar
- 4-1/2 T. sour cream
- 1/2 cup pecans, toasted at 350F for 5 minutes and coarsely chopped
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the butter and beat until there are no lumps. Beat in the sugar and sour cream. Beat until the frosting is very smooth. Frost the top of the cooled cake and sprinkle with the pecans. Slice into squares and serve.
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