Made this for my husband's bday, and it was a hit. I was going to cut the sugar in the cake as suggested, but I'm not a frequent baker and was afraid I'd end up with a dry, crumbly cake, so I prepared it per the instructions. It was super moist and still tastes great with leftovers a few days later. I added a tsp. of vanilla to the cake and 2 tsps. to the frosting. I'm a vanilla nut! For the frosting, I did use 2 boxes of neufchatel and cut the powdered sugar back to 1 3/4 C. after tasting, it wasn't quite sweet enough, so I added about another 1/4-1/2 C and it was perfect. I did add 50 ml of bourbon. Yes, I could tastes and sense the alcohol in the newly mixed frosting, but after it sits on the cake for a while, it seemed to really dissipate. By day two, one of my guests couldn't even taste the bourbon. I could if I concentrated hard on just tasting the frosting, but it wasn't overpowering. It goes well with bananas and vanilla. I also liked having the 2 boxes of neufchatel cheese, as it made a greater volume of frosting which helped me frost the layers more easily. The only trouble I had was getting the cakes out of my non-stick (new) pans. I thought they would be ruined or only partially come out from the pans, but eventually they released. I used butter and flour in the pans. Maybe next time I'll be more generous with the flour or try a disk of parchment on the bottom.
Great cake, and there are easy ways to cut down the sugar and fat without sacrificing texture or taste. For the cake, I cut the sugar to 3/4 cup white and 1/2 cup brown. For the frosting, I halved the powdered sugar down to about 1 3/4 cup. instead of one box of cream cheese I used 2 boxes of neufchatel cheese. The frosting was awesome and I can't imagine it more sweet. Maybe I'm a lush, but I couldn't really even taste or smell the bourbon in the frosting, so I'd say that's optional. Delish.
These are awesome! Needed something easy for thanksgiving to go with hostess' pumpkin and cherry pies. Had bourbon on hand, not to mention bananas, and figured, what the heck! Very easy, quick, and delicious! Wonderful! (too much tasting the icing, perhaps?)
This is a lovely, dense and moist cake that is bursting with banana flavor! I think it was even better on the second day. I halved the recipe and made a single layer cake. The frosting is lighter than most cream cheese frostings, but very rich and flavorful with the bourbon.
I am only going to rate the cake because I didnt make the frosting I have a friend who is pregnant and can't have the booze. I used a whiskey sauce from another recipe.Bread Pudding Souffle With Whiskey Sauce which was really good over the cake and ice cream. The cake is a dense, delicious banana cake. It takes minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to bake. My husband is a banana loaf fan and loved the cake. Next time I will make the frosting with the bourbon. Thanks for a keeper.
A wonderful cake, a keeper!
This delicious, moist cake and its strangely soothing frosting is a big hit with the menfolk. Also, it keeps well. My hubby brings home an airplane bottle of bourbon from his business trips with hope that I'll bake this cake!
This was SOOOOO yummy! The cake was super moist and the frosting was super creamy because of the cream cheese. I think that 4 bananas is perfect because it wasnt too overbearing and allowed the other ingredients to be tasted as well. We had this last night and loved it. Thanks.