Monday, April 29, 2013

Barefoot Contessa Old Fashioned Banana Cake

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


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! 

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Katherine Martinelli


  1. Oh how beautiful your cake looks in the simple but wonderful baker's paper! We had the best weather that allowed us to be out in the gardens and clean. Now everything looks ready to receive the sunshine (the yards were piled high with leaves and dirty snow!) and spring is finally here in Minnesota!

    Enjoy your day dear Elizabeth! Anita

  2. I so wish I was eating a piece of this right now with my morning coffee...looks delicious!!

  3. This looks so good Elizabeth.. I have three of Ina's cookbooks and like them all:) It's in the mid forties and pouring this morning. I'm off today and plan to get a little shopping in. This will be perfect in the oven this afternoon:)


  4. This looks delicious, Elizabeth! I just had someone send me a recipe for Banana Cake so it must be a sign to make one of them! I usually make banana bread with my old bananas but this looks like a must try (and you can never go wrong with Ina!).

    Enjoy your's cold and dreary here! xoxo

  5. Elizabeth my dear!

    I am sitting out on my deck in BEAUTIFUL 70+ weather, having finished a round of gardening and now working on a blog post, then HERE YOU ARE! How lovely to see you! I am well; it seems however that the day after I turned (55), I am starting to feel weird symptoms...maybe a pinched nerve, maybe just getting OLDER! AHH! But I feel good.

    Seeing your comment really made my day. I hope you are having equally good weather sweet friend! I work tomorrow but hope to enjoy more of the week dreaming, writing, reading, creating.

    PEACE! Anita

  6. The cake looks divine! Oh you just gotta love the Contessa. I hope you have a grand week planned.

  7. As I sit here being a very good girl on my diet pondering between a bowl of cereal or a turkey sandwich on whole wheat, I am letting my imagination have some fun and thinking about how darn good that must be!! LOVE banana bread and let's face it the icing is the bet part!!


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