CULINARY STAPLE: THE BANANA CAKE

THE NO-JOKE DESSERT:
There always seems to be a bit of humor when talking about bananas… (INSERT JOKE HERE) but I can assure you the only punchline for this no-frills banana cake recipe is how easy it is to make.

Profile Banana Cake THE RECIPE:    
12 ounces unsalted butter + 2 ¼ cups sugar + 4 eggs + 2 1/2 cups flour + ½ cup toasted-walnut flour (see recipe below) + 1 ½ tsp. salt + 1 tsp. baking powder + 1 tsp. baking soda + 3 ripe bananas + 1 cup sour cream

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Cream butter and sugar for 10 minutes
  • Add eggs one at a time
  • Prepare toasted-walnut flour by toasting 1/2 cup walnuts; process in a food processor until finely ground; combine with flour
  • Add dry ingredients
  • Mash bananas and blend with sour cream
  • Add banana-sour cream mixture
  • Spoon batter into a buttered, floured sheet pan
  • Bake 20 – 25 minutes or until cake springs back to the touch

IMG_4449 IMG_4443 IMG_4460THE FROSTING:
8 ounces cream cheese + 8 ounces butter + 2 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar + 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

  • Cream cream cheese and butter until smooth
  • Add sugar, blend until smooth
  • Mix in walnuts FullSizeRender 2

THE RESULT:
Subtle nuttiness from the toasted-walnut flavor and super-moist cake thanks to sour cream, makes for the perfect dessert or minis for any fete. I like to make a batch, cut into shapes and freeze pieces in heavy-duty ziplock bags so I can create/consume on demand.

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