banana cake

This cake melts in your mouth!  My sweet sister-in-law passed this on to me because it’s my niece’s favorite cake, and I want to be my my niece’s favorite aunt.

What you’ll need for the cake:

1 1/2 cups very ripe bananas (the kind your friend makes fun of you for still having in your house)

2 tsp lemon juice

3 cups all purpose flower

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup butter soft butter

2 cups sugar

3 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups buttermilk (if you don’t have buttermilk, add 1 1/2 tbsp of vinegar to regular milk)

What you’ll need for the frosting:

1/2 cup softened butter

8 oz softened cream cheese

1 tsp vanilla

3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

For the cake:

Pre-heat oven to 275 degrees and spray a 9 x 13 pan (make sure you don’t use a smaller pan, or the cake will fall and be mushy in the middle).  Mash the bananas and add the lemon juice – set aside.  In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt – set aside.  In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time and stir in vanilla.  Beat in flour mixture alternately with buttermilk.  Stir in bananas.  Pour into cake pan and bake one hour or until toothpick comes out clean.

For the frosting:

Cream butter and cream cheese.  Beat in vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth.

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