Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Banana Cake for Mother's Day

A Banana Cake for Mother's Day
The morning air was crisp and cool as the sun broke through the clouds. Along the path there were Sitka spruce, Western hemlock and Douglas-fir. I could smell the trees and the dirt. It felt good to be out in the forest again; hiking along the Cummings Creek trail.

Cummings Creek Trail
Fresh seasonal fruit is hard to come by in the PNW in early May. My favorite time of the year is the berry and stone fruit season which is still a few months away. In the meantime organic bananas will be used and have a place front and center. If you’ve ever given organic bananas a chance you know exactly what I am talking about; the flavor is deep and rich. I made this cake specifically for Mother’s Day. It’s a cross between banana bread and a cake. The texture is moist and has flecks of the banana throughout much like the bread. The frosting is a cream cheese frosting that I could literally slather on anything. If you have a chance, make this………it is decadent enough to celebrate and rustic enough for breakfast.

This recipe has been slightly adapted from Food.com.

yield: 12 - 14print recipe

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Celebrate Mother’s Day with this moist and delicious Banana Cake. It is decadent enough for a celebration and rustic enough for breakfast. You could also garnish the top with walnuts or pecans.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1⁄2 cups ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 3⁄4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups organic cane sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1⁄2 cups buttermilk
Frosting
  • 1⁄2 cup butter, room temp
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temp
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 1⁄2 cups icing sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:

To Prepare Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 275°. Grease and flour (2) 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. In a small-bowl, mix mashed bananas with the lemon juice; set aside.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, sift flour, baking soda and salt, set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in vanilla.
  5. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Stir in banana mixture.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for approx. 45 minutes to one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
To Prepare Frosting
  1. Cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in vanilla.
  2. Add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until frosting is smooth. Spread on cooled cake.
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Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

41 comments:

  1. My mouth is watering :) I recently made banana bread myself but I've never tried a banana cake. Saving this one to try with some organic bananas, Cheri!

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    1. Thanks Susan, this was my first attempt and I was very happy with the results. Happy Mother's Day to you!

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  2. This banana cake sounds and look delicious Cheri :)

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  3. I have so many fond memories of banana cake growing up. My mom often baked banana cakes. I know when summer comes to the PNW the berries and stone fruits will be incredible. Last summer we pulled over on a roadside stand in Oregon and thought we died and went to heaven.

    Velva

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    1. Thats what I'm waiting for, the peaches and cherries are my favorite until I see something else;)

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  4. This cake was spectacular. Moist, flavorful. We are not big cake people, but this could be the best slice of cake I have ever had. Don

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  5. My mother would have loved this cake. It looks delicious Cheri, have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks Gerlinde, my mother loved cakes for celebrating.

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  6. This looks wonderful, Cheri.
    I'm reading your post first thing in the morning with coffee. I wish I could just grab your cake right out of the screen!
    Have a wonderful Mother's Day.
    D

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    1. Thanks Dena, Happy Mother's Day to you!!!

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  7. What's the difference between banana cake and banana bread? More sugar in the dough? I love the smooth and tender crumb of your cake.

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    1. I'm not really sure but in this recipe the cake is lighter not as dense as a banana bread. I'm not the best baker and I thought this cake turned out very well. Thanks Angie!

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  8. Wow - I am practically drooling over this lovely cake - and your gorgeous walk through the woods. I love the flavor of bananas in baked goods. Love the cake and hope you have a very happy Mother's Day!

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    1. Thanks Tricia, we have had quite a bit of rain since we have been here, so we have only hiked a few times. Happy Mother's Day to you!

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  9. I much prefer the taste of organic bananas. I have a few in the fruit basket as we've got house guests. I know exactly what I will be making with the left overs.

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    1. Thanks Tandy, you sure keep busy and you are so organized.

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  10. There is a huge difference between organic and "regular." Nothing ordinary though about your luscious looking banana cake...And those gorgeous green trails! Enjoy! Happy Mother's Day.

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    1. Thanks Kim, we love hiking the forest and the beach. I feel very fortunate.

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  11. Love this banana cake! It looks so moist and yummy. That trail looks nice, too.

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    1. Thanks Amy, it is a great hike that we do several times a summer.

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  12. A great bake for Mother's Day, Cheri. I would love to have a slice with a nice cup of tea on Sunday. And I share the love of baking with bananas - I have 6 currently in the pantry ripening and plan to make a couple of batches of banana bread with it. : ) Since I rarely manage to save any berries for baking, bananas are a better bet.

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    1. Hi Monica, bananas are great aren't they. Will have to check out your banana bread recipes on your site. Happy Mother's Day!

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  13. Only organic bananas for us. ONLY. They are yummy.

    Great pictures!

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  14. I love eating banana, and so can't say NO to a HUGE slice of banana cake. This cake sounds like the best Mother's Day treat. Happy Mother's Day to you. :)

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  15. Hi Cheri,
    A yummilicious banana cake with cream cheese frosting. Love the way you enjoyed this. Happy Mother's Day to you !

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    1. Thanks Karen, Happy Mother's Day to you too!

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  16. Cheri - I love the smell of the earth in the spring, and can actually smell the spruce and hemlock now. Your walks sound perfect, as does your banana cake. What kind of horrible person would I be if I made this and filled the center with banana cream pie filling?

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    1. I have to say that filling the center of this pie with banana cream is a genius idea David, I bet it would be fabulous!

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  17. This cake looks so moist and yummy!

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  18. Beautiful cake, love banana cake it looks just perfect.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne, always make banana bread, first time making a cake.

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  19. My daughter was ready to come back from ASU when the temperature hit 106! I am looking at the wild strawberries popping up all over the lawn now and telling myself local fruit won't be too much longer... Love your banana cake!

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    1. Hi Inger, I know what you mean, so close but bananas and pineapple will have to fill in.

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  20. that's a super moist cake! i like that, as you say, it's fancy enough for a party but also basic enough for breakfast!

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    1. Thanks Grace, cake for breakfast any day.

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  21. Oh yes, I slice of this for breakfast would be a fantastic way to start the day!
    I've never had an organic banana. I am putting that on my list to pick up at the co-op.

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