Banana cake is a delicious and easy-to-make dessert that is perfect for any occasion. It is made with simple ingredients that are readily available, and it can be customized to your liking.

This recipe uses ripe bananas, which add a natural sweetness and moisture to the cake. The cake is also flavored with vanilla extract, which gives it a subtle, yet pleasant flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
  4. Gradually beat in the dry ingredients alternately with the mashed bananas, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Let the cake cool completely before frosting.

Frosting

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in the milk and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Frost the cooled cake.

Tips

  • For a richer flavor, use dark brown sugar instead of granulated sugar.
  • For a fun twist, add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips or nuts to the batter.
  • If you don’t have a 9×13 inch baking pan, you can use two 8-inch round cake pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Troubleshooting

  • If your cake is too dry, add 1/4 cup of milk or water to the batter.
  • If your cake is too moist, bake it for a few minutes longer.
  • If your cake is cracked, let it cool completely before frosting.

Enjoy!

Variations

  • Chocolate Banana Cake: Add 1/2 cup of cocoa powder to the batter.
  • Peanut Butter Banana Cake: Add 1/2 cup of peanut butter to the batter.
  • Spiced Banana Cake: Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon of cloves to the batter.

Storage

  • Banana cake can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days. It can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

Nutritional Information

  • One slice of banana cake (1/2 cup) contains approximately:
    • Calories: 250
    • Fat: 12 grams
    • Saturated fat: 6 grams
    • Cholesterol: 30 milligrams
    • Sodium: 200 milligrams
    • Carbohydrates: 35 grams
    • Sugar: 25 grams
    • Protein: 5 grams
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