I think my taste buds are changing…..not sure what has happened lately. Things that I have always loved, I just don’t like right now. Other things that I am normally not a fan of, I crave. Is that weird or what? No, no, no…..I am not pregnant. Hahahaha. But I sure wonder what is happening with my taste buds. Lately, I have been craving banana stuff. I don’t really even like them! I mean, I do like banana bread or muffins. Who doesn’t like those, right? But I have been craving banana cake. Yes! Where did this craving come from!! So, I bought some nanners, let them get all brown and banana smelling. Oh, by the way…..normally I hate the smell of bananas! Ok, so I looked at a few recipes, took the things that I liked from each recipe and came up with my own concoction…..an experiment.
I kinda figured it may just be a flop, but OH MY……it turned out to be so delicious. This is one of the best cakes I have ever made, seriously. I shared with some friends and they loved it. I think you need to go get some bananas, let them turn disgustingly brown and speckled, and make a cake. Here we go….
Oh So Good Banana Cake
1 ½ cups bananas, smashed up really well (4-5 medium sized bananas)
1 tsp. lemon juice
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup oil
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoons vanilla
1 ½ cups buttermilk, room temperature
Preheat oven to 300°. Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan. (I use non stick cooking spray)
Mash up your bananas and stir in the lemon juice. Set aside. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, mix oil and sugar until well combined. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mixture should be a pale creamy yellow. Add vanilla.
On low speed, add the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk. Do not overmix. Using a spoon, stir in banana mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for approx. 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Place pan on a rack to cool completely.
Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1 8oz block of softened cream cheese
4 tblsp. softened butter
4 cups of powdered sugar (less or more depending on how thick you like it)
if it’s too thick, just add a couple drops of milk
I sprinkled some chopped walnuts on the frosting, but if you don’t like nuts, just leave them out.