you like Banana Bread, then you must try this Old Fashioned Banana Cake with a
Cream Cheese Frosting. Like a Banana Bread it has the delicate sweetness of
mashed bananas. Only the texture of this cake is soft and oh so tender. I love to cover it with a
creamy smooth and slightly tangy Cream Cheese Frosting that also contains finely
chopped toasted pecans.
The Banana Cake uses a slightly different
method of making the batter. Instead of the more mon 'creaming' method where the butter and
sugar are creamed together and then you beat in the eggs, flour,
and liquid, this recipe uses what we call the 'one bowl' or
'quick method'. It starts by first mixing all the dry
ingredients together (flour, sugar, leavening, and salt). Then soft butter, along with the wet
ingredients (bananas, sour cream, vanilla extract, and eggs), are beaten into the dry ingredients. While this method may be a
little unusual, it reduces gluten formation which results in a cake with a
velvety texture that seems to just melt-in-your-mouth. Just
make sure to have all the ingredients at room temperature and to follow the instructions on mixing.
While you could frost this
cake with any flavor of frosting, I love using a Cream Cheese Frosting
that includes finely chopped toasted pecans (or walnuts). Make sure that the butter and cream cheese are at room
temperature and beat the ingredients together until
creamy smooth. Of course, you could omit the chopped pecans, but it does
add a wonderful texture and flavor to the frosting.