Good morning! Did you have a nice weekend? Mine was very busy, between planting containers for my porches, doing a little work, Spring cleaning my closets and a few things I am forgetting.
I was hoping it was going to rain and I could read my book and relax, but it was not to be. Oh well, I did get a lot done which is always a great way to start the week.
I had a bunch of bananas sitting around getting very ripe so I whipped up this old fashioned banana cake from Ina Garten. I think it would be excellent as a light breakfast cake with powdered sugar or with the cream cheese frosting for a dessert.
Old Fashioned Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe from The Barefoot Contessa on FoodTV.com
4 very ripe bananas
3/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar lightly packed
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 extra large eggs at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of the zest of one orange
2 cups all purpose flour, after sifting
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup of chopped nuts(optional)
Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Preheat oven to 350. Prepare a 9 inch round cake pan, grease and flour or place a piece of parchment in the bottom and spray the paper and the pan.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, add bananas and sugar and brown sugar, and mix until combined. Add oil, eggs, sour cream and vanilla, and orange zest, then mix until smooth. Add flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until just combined. Add nuts if using. and stir.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes then turn out onto wire rack. Prepare cream cheese frosting and spread on cooled cake.
Cream Cheese Frosting
6 ounces of cream cheese, at room temperature
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
21/2 cups of powdered sugar
1 tablespoon of heavy whipping cream
Mix cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract in a bowl, in a bowl with an electric mixer, slowly add powdered sugar and stir until smooth. Add heavy whipping cream to get the consistency of the frosting that you prefer.
This cake is delicious, moist, tasty and not too sweet. But then again I have rarely met a banana cake I do not like and if the cake has cream cheese frosting then I like it even more.
I hope that you have a wonderful day!