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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Star-Spangled Banana Cake #TheCakeSliceBakers


     It seems like baking one cake from a choice of four each month would be easy.  I mean, the hardest part for me is deciding what to make so having a limited selection should make it easier.  But then I read about each and they all sound so good!  All of the recipes I've made from Maida Heatter's Cake Book have been great, so I knew I'd be happy no matter what I chose. I was really tempted to make the lemon loaf cake, but I did a loaf in November when I did the pumpkin gingerbread.  The bull's eye cheesecake looked like fun too, and I always love a good cheesecake.  But when I read the description of the frosting for this Star-Spangled Banana Cake, I knew I had to make this one.  I was excited to join this group so that I could push my boundaries a bit and I had never made a frosting like this.  Plus the idea of a four layer cake with a GALLON of fluffy frosting was definitely intriguing.




    The cake itself was pretty straight forward.  It came together easily and turned out ok.  Honestly we have been so spoiled with Di's Banana Cake, that it had a lot to live up to.  It was a fine banana cake, almost like a banana bread baked in 4 round cakes.  Had we not been introduced to our favorite banana cake last year, we probably would have raved over it.  As it is, it really was quite good.



     The highlight of this recipe for me was making the frosting.  It is always fun to try something so different than what you normally make.  When I read through the instructions and saw that she said this frosting had to be made in at least a 4 quart mixer and even then it might go over the edge if you weren't careful I knew this was the one for me.  I LOVE frosting and any excuse to use a whole gallon of the fluffy stuff on a cake is a good one for me.  The recipe was slightly intimidating as it started with a hot sugar syrup and whipped egg whites, but it really came together easily.  It did completely fill my mixer bowl, but luckily I didn't ever really have to reduce the speed to keep it in.  It was so fluffy and a little tacky.  It held its shape perfectly.  I would suggest getting it how you want it right away though, it gets even tackier as it sits.




Star-Spangled Banana Cake

Cake Ingredients:

3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 oz butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs
5 large fully ripe bananas (about 2 1/2 cups, mashed)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk


  1. Adjust racks in your oven so that they roughly divide the oven into thirds.  Preheat to 350 F and prepare 4 9-in round pans.  I just used the baking spray with the flour in it, but use your preferred method.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In your mixer, cream butter until light and fluffy.  Add sugar and vanilla and almond extracts and mix until combined. 
  4. Add eggs, one at a time mixing well after each addition. 
  5. Lightly mash together the bananas and baking soda.  Add to butter mixture and mix until combined.
  6. Alternately add the flour mixture and the buttermilk mixture until completely added. Mix until just combined.
  7. Divide the batter among the four prepared pans. The layer of batter in each pan will be thin.  Smooth and place in oven so that no pan is directly over another.  
  8. Bake for 28-30 minutes or until the tops spring back when gently touched.
  9. Invert and cool right side up on a wire rack. 

Frosting Ingredients:

3 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup hot water
3/4 cup egg whites (about 6 large egg whites), at room temperature
Pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
14 oz shredded coconut


  1. Prepare you mixer (it really does need to have at least a 4 quart bowl). 
  2. In a medium saucepan stir together sugar, corn syrup and water.  Stirring frequently, heat mixture over medium heat until it comes to a full boil.  Turn off heat.
  3. In the mixer, beat egg whites and sugar until you have stiff peaks.  Keep the mixer on high speed and slowly (and carefully!) pour hot sugar mixture into the egg whites.  Stop occasionally to turn off the mixer and scrape the sides.  You want to be sure it all gets mixed together.  If the icing looks like it is going to grow out of the bowl, turn down the mixer speed a bit.  (I did not have to do that, but it definitely filled my mixer bowl)
  4. Once all of the sugar syrup is mixed in, add the vanilla and almond extract.  Keep mixer on high (if possible) for about 15 minutes.  You want the icing to hold a very stiff peak.
  5. To assemble, layer a cake round then a generous amount of frosting. Repeat until you place the last cake round on top.  Ice the sides of the cake, then spread remaining icing over the top.
  6. Using your hands, press coconut into the icing on the sides of the cake.  Keep adding coconut until you reach your desired coverage.
  7.  Let cake sit at room temperature until ready to serve.
  8. Maida suggest using a long sharp knife and a deep pitcher of hot water to cut the cake.  I don't think my knife was up to the challenge as a lot of the frosting squished out as I was trying to cut the cake.  Next time I'll use a bigger knife!  
Here is what the other ladies in The Cake Slice Bakers baked this month:




40 comments:

  1. Oh yum! A four-layer banana cake with fluffy frosting all over it? I'm definitely in! That looks fabulous!

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    1. It was so much fun to make a cake with THAT MUCH FROSTING! I have been having a good time baking things I might not have otherwise.

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  2. Yummy and so pretty! I too am a sucker for a new frosting recipe, this one sounds so good! Now I'm super hungry for bananas and of course all those layers ago with them, ha ha

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    1. It was a fun one to make, that is for sure! I really like my fruit in cake form ;-)

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  3. That really does look amazing. Well done on being brave enough to tackle all that frosting. I felt I chickened out with the loaf cake!

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    1. I really wanted to make the lemon loaf, so I am glad I got to see yours! It was a lot of fun to give this one a go though.

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  4. Mmmm.... Sounds so good! I've been craving banana lately and made a banana bread and cake this week.
    Great minds do think alike!

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    1. They must! I'm curious to see what kind of banana cake you made.

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  5. Your Star Spangled Banana Cake looks beautiful! I'd love to have a big piece of it. :)

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    1. I would have been happy to share, it was a pretty big cake!

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  6. Carlee that's a HUGE cake! I skipped making this recipe, not that it didn't sound appealing to me, but because I had to keep this bake small. The holidays have not been nice to my waist, and I needed to start cutting back.
    I've been on the search for the best banana cake for quite sometime now, and I just haven't came across it yet. This cake looks delicious, I'm going to have to keep it in mind for future recipe testing.

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    1. I should have followed your logic, but I couldn't help myself. I have to say my favorite banana cake is still Di's Banana cake that I posted last year at about this time, but this one was definitely worth making.

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  7. I am totally amazed by your "the idea of a four layer cake with a GALLON of fluffy frosting was definitely intriguing" - gurl you got my vote for the most daring baker! BTW, what do you mean by 'tacky' regards the frosting?

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    1. It is a lot like a marshmallow fluff, so it dries with a little bit of a sticky feeling rather than a hard shell. I think you could do a lot of fun things with it while it is still warm and fresh, but once it sets it has a sticky skin and I don't think "fixing" anything would go well after it set.

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  8. Wow! That is one big cake. Sounds yummy though. Thanks for sharing on the #HomeMattersParty - I hope you will join us, next week.

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    1. It had to be served on dinner plates rather than desert plates! Thanks for hosting!

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  9. Carlee I totally over looked this cake and I am so glad that you did it such justice! It looks stunning and one I am going to put in my back pocket! Beautiful X

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    1. It was a lot of fun to make! Thank you!

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  10. I'm glad you enjoyed this cake Carlee, you've done a fantastic job with it.

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    1. Thank you! I really enjoyed making a frosting so outside of my normal recipes.

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  11. Gorgeous cake Carlee! Pinned and tweeted! Thank you for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday!
    ~Laurie
    MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies

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  12. Wow Carlee, you are such a great baker. You made the prettiest cake and I bet it tastes delicious.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes with us each week at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and of course for hosting!

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  13. I'm in a sugar coma just from thinking about this cake! I suck at baking so the idea of four layers has me paralyzed in fear. I'm so impressed by your expertise! Thanks for linking up at Saucy Saturdays.

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    1. Isn't it terrible and wonderful all at the same time?! It really isn't too hard to do, it was quite fun! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. This looks Heavenly! YUM!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  15. Yummy! This cake looks awesome. I'm a big fan of bananas in desserts. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday.

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    1. Me too! I can't get enough banana baked goods lately. Thanks so much for hosting!

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  16. This def looks like one fancy banana cake! 4 layers and a gallon of frosting? Yum! :)

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    1. Thank you! I had a lot of fun making it!

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  17. This cake looks completely decadent and I love bananas. Hey, bananas in a cake means it must be good for you, right? Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe at the Over the Moon Link Party.

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    1. Bananas and egg whites... totally healthy!

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  18. All that frosting! Yum!! Definitely looks like it's worth a try! Thanks so much for submitting to our Best of the Blogosphere link up. We'd love to see you back next week. :)

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    1. Isn't it crazy and wonderful?! Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. It does look good Carlee!! I am a frosting girl too and love to make it. Will be adding this one to the recipe box.
    Thanks for joining us at the February Country Fair Blog Party!
    Laurie - Country Link

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    1. Pile that frosting on as far as I'm concerned! Thanks for hosting!

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  20. Oh my goodness, I think that looks like death by frosting! But a happy death. Thanks for sharing with the Blog Fair.

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    1. Happy death indeed ;-) At least for me! Even my husband ate all the frosting and normally he would scrape some off.

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