This cake is a great way to use up over-ripe bananas. It will become more moist and flavorful the longer it chills. It makes use of a yummy whipped cream based frosting!
- 1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup banana, very ripe, mashed
- 2⁄3 cup buttermilk, divided
- 1⁄3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, separated
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup pecans, finely chopped
- 3 cups whipping cream
- 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large mixing bowl; stir well. Add the banana, 1/3 cup buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Beat at a low speed of an electric mixer until blended. Beat an additional minute at high speed. Add remaining 1/3 cup buttermilk and egg yolks, and beat at a high speed 1 minute or until blended.
- Beat the egg whites at high speed until foamy. Gradually add 1/3 cup sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, beating until stiff peaks form and the sugar dissolves (2 to 4 minutes). Fold the beaten egg whites and the pecans into the banana mixture.
- Pour the batter into 2 greased and floured 9-inch round cakepans. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.
- For frosting: Beat the whipping cream in a large mixing bowl until foamy; gradually add the powdered sugar and nutmeg, beating until soft peaks form.
- Spread 3 1/2 cups Nutmeg Whipped Cream between the layers and on top and sides of cake. Spoon remaining Nutmeg Whipped Cream into a decorating bag fitted with a large star tip; decorate cake. (Or you can just put as much whipped cream as you'd like between the layers and on top, and forget about decorating!) Cover and chill. Prep time does not include the time for cooling the cake layers before frosting.
I made this as one cake and did not frost - it is very moist and delicious, up there with one of the best banana cakes I have made .