There is just something fantastic about good banana cake. You may be wondering why I refer to mine as cake and not a bread? That’s because boring, bland, bread would do this sweet banana bake no justice! We’re talking moist with a thin crisped-outer crust, and you can skip the jam & butter…
This version is classic with no weird nuts or fancy fruits, just simply banana and lots of them… I could eat a piece for dessert, breakfast or heck, even dinner… who needs chicken anyhow? I’ve done this as a bundt, muffins and a whipped, cream cheese-frosted, layer cake. The options are endless, but today we’re going with the traditional loaf. The following recipe is for a single batch, but I’m doubling since I have a boat-load of bananas.
The riper the bananas the better, so hold onto an extra bunch this week & by Sunday, you’ll be having your cake and eating it too…but not for long because this one goes fast!
Simple & moist! This banana cake is a classic. Use the ripest bananas you can!
What to get...
- 1.5 cups mashed bananas (very ripe, about 4 bananas)
- 2 sticks unsalted butter
- 1 cup baker's sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1.75 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2/3 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp grd. cinnamon
- 5 T buttermilk
- 1 tsp vanilla
What to do...
- Preheat oven to 350
- Soften butter ahead of time
- Mix flour, soda, salt & cinnamon in a separate bowl
- In bowl of electric mixer, cream butter & sugar, adding eggs one at a time
- Add mashed bananas
- Add buttermilk & vanilla, mix 1 minute
- Pour batter into loaf pan
- Bake for 40-45 minutes, untill toothpick comes out clean & middle is firm (will be dark brown)
- Cool 10 min in pan, then remove & cool 1 hour on rack (don't prematurely handle, needs to set!)
- Slice and enjoy!
- Store leftovers in air-tight container.
The cooking time may vary according to pan choice. A dark metal loaf pan will cook more quickly than a glass one. If you vary and go with muffins, this will cook in only around 25 min. If toothpick comes out clean and middle is firm, it's done! Give it a good while to cool, so it can set...
from the kitchen of www.dinnervine.com
I wish I could relay the smell of this cake baking in my oven now, it is heavenly!