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Banana Cake

Banana cake is a delightful and moist dessert that transforms overripe bananas into a scrumptious treat. It’s the perfect way to make use of those bananas that have seen better days, and it’s sure to become a household favorite. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or just starting out in the world of baking, this recipe is straightforward and yields a cake that’s bursting with the natural sweetness of bananas. Get ready to indulge in the comforting aroma and irresistible taste of homemade banana cake.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

For the Cake:

  1. 2 to 3 ripe bananas (about 1 cup mashed)
  2. 2 teaspoons lemon juice (to prevent browning of bananas)
  3. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  7. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  8. 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  9. 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  10. 3 large eggs
  11. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  12. 1 1/2 cups buttermilk

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  2. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  3. 4 cups powdered sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional Garnish:

  • Sliced bananas or chopped nuts for decoration

Preparation (Step-by-Step):

For the Cake:

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan or two 9-inch round cake pans.

Step 2: In a small bowl, mash the ripe bananas with lemon juice and set them aside. The lemon juice not only prevents browning but also enhances the banana flavor.

Step 3: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set this dry mixture aside.

Step 4: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, vegetable oil, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until the mixture becomes light and fluffy.

Step 5: Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla extract.

Step 6: Gently fold in the banana mixture until well combined.

Step 7: Gradually add the dry ingredients mixture to the banana mixture, alternating with buttermilk. Begin and end with the dry ingredients mixture. Mix until just combined; do not overmix.

Step 8: Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan(s) and smooth the top.

Step 9: Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes for round pans or 30-35 minutes for a rectangular pan, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

Step 1: In a separate mixing bowl, beat together the softened cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy.

Step 2: Gradually add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, beating until the frosting is fluffy and well combined.

Assembly:

Once the cake has cooled completely, frost it generously with the cream cheese frosting. If desired, decorate with sliced bananas or chopped nuts.

Now, slice into this delectable banana cake, savor the incredible flavors, and enjoy your homemade dessert masterpiece!

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