Monday, April 9, 2012

Let Them Eat Cake

I made this cake last week (partly for me and partly to share with friends and colleagues) and my friend has been busting my tush to post the recipe. So here it is (COUGH GRISELDA COUGH). This cake is incredible. So unbelievably moist and delicious. I don't know how things are able to taste old fashioned, but this cake really does. Something about the recipe just imparts a new dimension. The orange is also absolutely must. The recipe is also so fast and easy. I can't say enough good things about it.

Old-Fashioned Banana Cake
recipe from here

3 very ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Grated zest of 1 orange
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)

6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (1/2 pound)

 First, I greased the pan with butter and then dusted it with flour. This step is very important because, as you will see, it helps the cake come out smoothly and beautiful.
 Next, I mashed up three bananas. The riper the better! You want them to have tons of flavor and riper bananas also tend to have more moisture. Mash completely!
The mix together the bananas, white sugar, and brown sugar.
Then add the vegetable oil, sour cream, vanilla and orange zest. Beat again until smooth.
 In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt and baking soda. Mix until combined.
Pour the batter in the pan (use a 9x3 pan if you have it, I only had a 9x2.5).
Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out cleanly.
Let the cake cool for about ten minutes and then run a knife around the outside of the cake. Turn the cake out on to a plate.
Let it cool complete on a wire rack.
Once the cake is cool, mix together the frosting ingredients.
 Spoon the frosting on to the cake and then smooth.
This picture shows the inside of the cake.

1 comment:

  1. That looks amazing! Another dessert that I would absolutely love and yet don't have the chance to taste. You just had to go and make this the DAY that you left D.C.!

    Also, I want to give a shout out to orange zest. It makes a huge difference in so many of the things you bake, and absolutely cannot be left out or substituted for anything. You go, orange zest! Yea!


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