Need a great banana cake recipe?

My family is still talking about the banana cake recipe! It is seriously amazing!
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What makes a great Banana Cake Recipe? According to my kids that would be lots of Chocolate Frosting! But there is so much more to this perennial favorite.

Bake in some walnuts and serve with Cinnamon whipped cream and fresh berries and you've elevated an everyday favorite to special occasion fare. Add some chocolate chips to the equation and you'll be that house where all the neighborhood kids hang out!

No matter if you like yours simply dusted with powdered sugar or elegantly drizzled with chocolate, this great Banana Cake Recipe will not disappoint.

ingredients

banana cake recipe

Yield: one 9" round cake (3 layers).

You'll need

NOTE: All amounts are given in U.S. standard measures. Click here for international equivalents (page will open in a new browser window) .

Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare 2 x 9" round cake pans by spraying with non-stick cooking spray and lining bottom of each pan with a circle of parchment paper cut to fit.

let's bake

1.using an electric mixer beat the butter at high speed until lighter in color and fluffy.

2.add the sugar and beat at medium speed until well incorporated (about 3-5 minutes).

3.add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

4.add the mashed banana and don't worry if the batter looks curdled right now - it won't for long.

5.sift the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt on to a piece of parchment paper.

6.with the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients to the batter, mixing just until combined.

7.pour the batter into the prepared pans (2/3 in one pan and 1/3 in the other) and bake, checking after 30 minutes, then every 5-10 minutes, until a cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

8.cool the cakes in their pans for about 15 minutes then turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely.

The reason I bake with 2/3 of the cake batter in one pan and 1/3 of the batter in the other, is to save time when torting (splitting the cake layers horizontally). I only have to cut once to end up with three layers. Easy!

variations on a theme...

Banana Cake all on it's own is sublime, but if you want to spice things up a little, try these great variations:

Banana Choc Chip Cake

fold in to the finished batter by hand:

Banana Spice Cake

The spices give this classic an unexpected twist. It's the perfect compliment to the creamy texture of this Banana Cake Recipe.

sift in with the dry ingredients:

Bananas and Walnut Cake

This simple variation is perfect with a cup of tea!

fold in to the prepared batter by hand:

Coconut Banana Cake

This is a little piece of the tropics with the addition of shredded coconut.

Mix in to the batter right after creaming the butter and sugar:

Gingerbread Banana Cake

This Banana Cake Recipe variation is great with Gingernut Crunch filling

sift in with the dry ingredients:

The only problem you may have with these recipes is the fact that your friends will constantly be pleading with you to make another! Not such a bad problem to have I guess!


a bundt pan makes perfection easy...

For a perfect, easy presentation of your Banana Cake grab yourself one of these fantastic cake pans. Just bake and dust with a little powdered sugar. It doesn't get any easier than that!


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