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Monday, August 8, 2016

Di's Banana Cake


    My coworker Diane and I hardly ever get to see each other.  But we talk a lot.  We both spend a lot of time on the road and like to bounce ideas off of each other as we go.  She is a wealth of information, so she is my first call when I come across something I am unsure of.  We go over how our days have been going, what strange things have popped up and then the most important part... food!



    I know her afternoon drive-thru coffee order by heart.  We also know each other's weaknesses, mostly sweets.  She likes to taunt me when she picks up my favorite salads from restaurants we don't have down here.  I hardly ever make a salad at home, but it is one of my favorite things to get when I go out!  She turned me on to a roasted beet and goat cheese salad that is so yummy and I got her started on a chicken poppy seed salad.  She sent me crispy cookies she loves and I introduced her to a horseshoe.  I would say we broaden each other's horizons and that is probably not inaccurate.  We definitely have a way of making the other one hungry!



   So, yesterday she was telling me she has been on a baking streak lately.  Then she got onto a story about how she had to move everything around in her freezer so she could take this banana cake out of the oven and put it straight in the freezer.  Wait, what?!  I've never heard of such a thing.  Yes, you take it out of the oven and put it in the freezer for 45 minutes.  Plus it bakes at 275 F.  This is just plain crazy!



   Jax used to be on a two banana a day limit.  He would have eaten an entire bunch a day if we would have let him.  But lately, he has slowed down.  He is more interested in apples and raisins, so I have some bananas that are getting a little old.  The last thing I needed was to bake more treats, but it was meant to be!  I altered Di's recipe a bit to fit what we had on hand.  Plus, I left the nuts out as Matt won't eat them.  Then I slathered the cake with her yummy caramel frosting recipe!  Mmmmm.  Who needs dinner?  Let's skip to dessert!


    You should smell this bake.  Oh my word!  Now for a little update.  This was one of the very first recipes I posted on the blog.  It was before I really had any social media.  Just a blog for me, my mom and anybody who accidentally found themselves here.  Yet this cake caught on.  It was one of the first recipes I got real feedback on.  I have friends who still talk about it and make it with some regularity.  I myself have made it a handful of times and that is saying something considering the number of other cakes I bake.  MiMi has made it a few times and our friend Julie has made it a few times too!  It is easy, delicious and is sure to be a favorite in your family too!


Di's Banana Cake

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups milk
2 T vinegar
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 large bananas
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups flour

1 recipe caramel frosting (though whipped cream cheese frosting works well too!)

  1. Preheat oven to 275 F
  2. In a small bowl, mix together milk and vinegar and set aside
  3. In a mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  4. Add bananas and mix until smooth
  5. Stir in eggs and vanilla
  6. In a bowl, mix flour baking soda and salt
  7. Alternate adding flour mixture and milk mixture.  Stirring until just combined.
  8. Pour into well greased 9x13 pan and bake for an hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  9. Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes.
  10. Frost with caramel frosting after cake is removed from freezer.

If you are not in the mood for caramel frosting, this is also great with whipped cream cheese frosting! 




24 comments:

  1. This looks really tasty, especially with that frosting :D

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    1. It was sooo good! We will be making it again, that is for sure!

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  2. Carlee, this is so unusual, I will HAVE to try it!! Pinning! Thanks for linking up with Social Media Weekly so I could find you! :)

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    1. Thanks for hosting! The cake is really good and it is always fun to do something a little different!

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  3. This looks amazing and I just happen to have two bananas sitting in my fruit bowl. I've pinned this and plan to make it this weekend. Thank you for linking up at Inspire Me Mondays. Have a great weekend and we hope to see you around!

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    1. It is worth making, that is for sure! We hope you enjoy it!

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  4. There is something deeply satisfying about using all the bananas. My house is so full of little monkeys (kids) that I almost never have any left over for Banana Bread. I might just hide some for your Banana Cake. Thank you for sharing. #MomboMonday

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    1. I understand! I used to have to buy them a couple of times a week to keep up with the little guy. He has been on an apple kick instead lately, but I am still in the habit of buying bananas. All the better for baking!

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  5. Caramel icing on banana cake, how delicious! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

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    1. The cake is really good on its own, but the caramel frosting takes it over the top!! Thanks for hosting!

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  6. This sounds so good! My boys love bananas so I am sure this will be a HUGE hit. We are featuring this recipe at Talented Tuesdays tomorrow. I hope you join us.

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  7. My son was the same way with bananas when he was little :) He lived off bananas for awhile. This sounds yummy and so interesting with the freezer thing. I will have to try it. I've actually been craving banana stuff lately, so this might be the one I make :) Have a great day!

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    1. Di just gave me the recipe in February and I have already made it 3 times. That is saying something when there are so many other things to make and blog about! I hope you love it!

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  8. The cake sounds yummy. I bet it is really moist, with baking it at a such a low temperature.

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    1. It is REALLY good! The first time I made it was for this post in February and I have made it at least three times already. That is really saying something when I am always trying to stay ahead of making new things for the blog!

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  9. Incredibly good cake! Thanks for the great recipe!

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    1. Thank you so much! I have made it quite a few times now and we love it every time.

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  10. I heard years ago about someone doing this with poundcake! I am going to have to try this recipe. It looks scrumptious! Happy Throwback Thursday!

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    1. I haven't tried it with any other cakes yet, but I just love the way this turns out so I really should! Thanks, Mollie!

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  11. Back in the day, when I lived in the twin cities, I had a coworker like your Di, well several of them! I soooo miss our food conversations and lunches checking out new places! The cake sounds so good!

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    1. It is fun to have somebody to talk to about this stuff with. It's not always good for the waste line though! I have not been disappointed in a recipe she has shared yet though, so I think I'll keep her around!

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  12. Oh my. I do love banana cake and haven't had it in eons! Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. This is a good one that is for sure. Thanks!

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