Thursday, June 26, 2014

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting ( and pecan nuts ) by chengand3kids.blogspot.com

If you're looking for an easy and foolproof banana cake recipe then you'll love this. I made this cake for my stepfather's birthday and we LOVED it. Even my picky 7-year-old couldn't get enough of it.

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting ( and pecan nuts ) by chengand3kids.blogspot.com

I found the banana cake recipe on cooks.com, and I'm so glad I tried it. It was so moist and delicious, and you'd never guess it wasn't made from scratch.

The cream cheese frosting recipe is from one of my favorite bloggers, I am baker. She used this frosting for her zucchini cupcakes and she was absolutely right, this is the best cream cheese frosting I've ever had. But I did use less sugar though. Maybe next time I'll try not to chicken out and use the exact amount of sugar on her recipe. :)

And since I like A LOT of frosting on my cakes I doubled the cream cheese frosting recipe. Now I know, I couldn't use all of that frosting on the cake, but here's what I did. You know how you get rid of the cake dome by cutting off the top part of the cake? I slathered my leftover frosting on that and sprinkled some toasted pecan nuts. Waste not, want not. :)

So without further ado, here's how I made this Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. I hope you guys love it just like my family and I did. :)

BANANA CAKE

Ingredients:
1 package yellow cake mix ( I used Betty Crocker)
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup butter, softened
3 eggs
2-3 medium size ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup chopped pecan nuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour cake pans ( I used two 8 inch rounds ). Stir 1/8 teaspoon baking soda into the cake mix. Beat cake mix, water, butter and eggs on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in the mashed bananas and nuts. Pour into the cake pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan. Cool completely before frosting.

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Ingredients:
1 package cream cheese ( 8 oz. ), softened
1 stick butter ( 8 tablespoons ), softened
4 cups confectioner's sugar ( I used 3 cups, but next time I'll try 4 )
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place room temperature butter, cream cheese, and vanilla into mixer and blend for 1-2 minutes on medium until fully incorporated. Add confectioner's sugar one cup at a time, until frosting is light and creamy.

If you're a newbie at making cakes like me, you might want to watch this video on how to assemble and frost cakes. You can also decorate the sides of the cake with chopped pecan nuts. Not only does it hide imperfections, but I also love the taste of toasted nuts.

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25 comments:

  1. Banana cake with creme cheese frosting is a match made in heaven. Blessings, Catherine

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  2. I've made banana cake before but I really like that you use a box cake in this recipe. I'll definitely give it a try.

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    1. Thanks, BerryMorins Bits & Tips! I know there's some people who don't like using cake mixes but I'm okay with them. I draw the line at canned frosting though.

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  3. my hubby goes bananas for banana bread so i have to make this! yummo :)

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    1. We love banana bread too! Let me know how it turns out, Lisa!

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  4. Yes please! I have banana cake/bread crazy family especially my husband!

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    1. My family and I love banana bread! We always save some bananas for baking.

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  5. Yummy! Banana cake is so good on its own, and I love that you made this one even easier!

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    1. Thanks Agos, this sure is easy and delicious, can't get any better than that! :)

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  6. Wow, your cake looks so moist and delicious. I wish I had a huge slice right now. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party. I'm also your newest follower by G+, GFC, Twitter, FB, Bloglovin, Pinterest. I can't wait to see what you cook up next.
    Angel

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    1. Oh wow, thanks so much Angel! Hope you have a wonderful week!

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  7. Another icing you could use is Caramel ... it doesn't sound good but it is. :D

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  8. CORRECTION ... I made a mistake thought it was Carrot Cake.

    The Banana cake we just use a regular icing so it wouldn't take away the banana taste from the cake.

    Sorry about that ... let me go drink my coffee now.

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    1. No worries Anonymous, I'm the same way without coffee - LOL

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    2. ...and Carrot cake with caramel icing does sound amazing!

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  9. OH wow. This looks so good. Pinning for later.

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  10. This looks amazing! I wish we could eat it around here..I'm sure there is a way tomake it allergy friendly.

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    1. Oh yes, I've found several allergy friendly banana cake recipes on the internet. I've never really thought of it since my kids don't have food allergies.

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  11. Wow! Does this ever look delicious! Thanks for linking up to my Creative Ways Link Party! Your cake will be one of the features at tonight's party. Hope to see you again!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  12. Had a few bananas left over that had ripened; so I decided to bake a banana cake. Such a delicious cake recipe.

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    1. Thanks Rachel, my family likes this cake recipe too. I'm gonna have to make it again soon.

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  13. This cake is awesome!! Will make again. I made a 9x13 and it was so light and fluffy. I always sub oil/butter with applesauce and Splenda for sugar in any dessert that asks for them, but otherwise I made no changes. I would recommend this luscious cake to all!! Thanks, Rachel.

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