Bananana-nut Cake

I’ve been wanting to try some Banana Walnut cakes for some time and now that I’ve got my new oven, this one can finally be ticked off of my to-bake list!

I found the recipe on pauladeen.com and since I’ve tried her red velvet before and found it not so bad, so I’ve decided to try this out. Btw, I’m not really keen to try any Martha Stewart’s recipes and most that I tried didn’t turn out so well.

In her recipe she actually uses pecans but since I’ve been dreaming of banana walnut, I’ve replaced the pecans with walnuts 🙂

So here’s the recipe:

Banana Nut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Source: Paula Deen’s Recipe

Cook Time: 40 min
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients
Butter, for greasing pans
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup vegetable oil
4 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Frosting:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), at room temperature
1 pound confectioners? sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions
1. Butter and flour 3 (9-inch) round cake pans; set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
3. Add the eggs and oil and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened; do not beat.
4. Stir in the banana, pecans, and vanilla.
5. Divide the batter among the prepared pans and bake for 23 to 28 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
6. Cool the cake layers in the pans for 10 minutes, and then turn them out onto a rack to cool completely. While the cake cools, make the frosting.

Frosting:
In a bowl, blend together the cream cheese and butter. Gradually add the confectioners? sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla. Stir in the pecans, or reserve them to sprinkle over the frosted cake. Fill and frost the cake when it is completely cool.

So here’s the cake freshly baked…

And with a simple frosting, I’ve also reduced the amount of sugar just a little bit as I always do in every frosting recipes. I’ll try my best to reduce sugar intake in my food as much I can, though there are some that I excuse myself with :p

I brought this for the ‘lou sang’ dinner I had with my friends. It’s just sooooooo heavenly! Everyone loved it! My girl friend even took another piece and some extra to bring back home! Oh yea, she’s really been the best guinea pig I have! Haha..

I’ll definitely be making this again soon! 🙂