Rediscovering the Joy of Cooking

September 9, 2009

Moist Banana Cake

Filed under: cake, dessert — Emily @ 8:15 am

My parents have a lake house in Michigan (about 2 hours from Chicago, where they live). There are only 22 homes in the gated community, so everyone is very close. My mom has a little 8-year-old boy, J.P, and his little brothers who just adore her. They actually cook together frequently. Once he and his little brother were invited to have dinner and a movie at my mom’s house. They showed up with collared shirts, slicked back hair and flowers for her. How cute is that? This cake is a recipe from their grandmother. The only modification that I made was to add cream cheese to the frosting–which was definitely a delicious addition! Excuse the picture–I had to take it in a hurry before the hoards descended on it!

Moist Banana Cake

1/2 cup butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 cup banana pulp

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 cups cake flour (or 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour)

1/2 cup sour cream

2 tablespoons water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter. Add sugar and mix well. Add eggs one at a time. Add banana pulp and mix until combined. Dissolve baking soda in water and add to sour cream. Sift baking powder with flour and add alternatively with sour cream mixture.

Bake in a 9×13-inch pan for 35 minutes or until dark.


1 cup milk

1/4 cup flour

1 stick butter

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 ounces cream cheese

Combine milk and flour and cook until it boils. Place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap until cool.

Cream butter with sifted powdered sugar. Add vanilla and mix until combined. Finally, add cooked milk mixture with the cream cheese and beat until smooth.

Source: a family friend

Mom and 4-year-old Kellen


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