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Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr
This is my Dad's favorite birthday cake. Old, even brown, bananas make a moister cake. This can be made a couple days ahead and covered tightly at room temperature.
- 2⁄3 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 2⁄3 cups sugar
- 3 whole eggs, room temp
- 2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons salt
- 2⁄3 cup buttermilk
- 1 1⁄4 cups bananas, mashed
- 2⁄3 cup chopped black walnut
- 3⁄4 cup butter
- 1 1⁄2 cups brown sugar
- 1⁄4 cup milk, plus
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- For the cake, cream the shortening and sugar together until fluffy; add eggs, one at a time, beat after each.
- Blend dry ingredients and add alternately with buttermilk; stir in bananas and walnuts.
- Bake at 350°F in two greased 9 inch cake pans for 35 or 40 minutes.
- Wait 10 minutes to remove from pan.
- Let cool completely before frosting.
- For the frosting, melt the butter in a saucepan, stir in the brown sugar and bring to boil.
- Reduce the heat and simmer 2 minutes, stirring; add the milk and bring back to boil, stirring.
- Pour into a mixing bowl and add the salt and vanilla; gradually beat in the powdered sugar until spreading consistency.
- Frost the cake between the layers, top, then sides.
This was a very good cake and we all loved the sweet caramel frosting. One problem though, the cake really stuck to the bottom of the pan. Next time I will grease and flour the pans to prevent sticking. Thankfully the frosting helped me hide the damage! Thanks for sharing.
A simple delight to sink your teeth into this rich and moist cake with just a hint of sweetness. We had old bananas on the counter but not one of us wanted banana bread. I whipped up this easy recipe and had everyone ooohhhing and aaaahhhing when the cake was done. Many of us went back for seconds! Thank you for a recipe that will be made again and again in this house.
Delicious! I was a little hesitant when I was making the frosting (I thought it might be too sweet) but it was perfect on this yummy, moist cake. Thanks Mercy for this wonderful cake!