Sunday, April 17, 2011

Banana Bundt Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting.


My grandaunt would chase me around the house with a huge wooden spoon if she ever finds out that i put cream cheese frosting on an old-fashioned banana cake. We Malays do not normally eat banana cake with frosting on it, as it tastes good on its own. So it's only fair that my grandaunt may think i've totally gone bonkers if she ever finds out. =D

My favourite banana cake has always been my grandaunt's, as hers is light and fluffy and has intense banana flavour. The light and fluffiness of her cake is achieved by beating egg whites until peaks are formed. And to tell you the truth, i haven't been good at beating egg whites. The last time i tried to make meringues, i failed miserably. White eggy bubbly mess all over the mixing bowl. *Shudders*

(I'll be back, Mr Egg-Whites. Be very afraid.)


So i skipped grandaunt's recipe and searched for a good banana cake recipe (which doesn't involve any egg-whites beating) online, and came across 'Best Ever Banana Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting'. Sounds promising enough. I'd always wondered whether banana cake and cream cheese tasted good together. And i'm glad that they do!


This banana cake lives up to its name. Not exactly The Best of The Best of all Banana Cake. But at least one of the best that i've ever tasted (of course, my grandaunt's banana cake is still at the top of my list). Everyone at home loved it! It's light, super moist, moderately sweet with intense banana flavour, and the mild tanginess and sweetness of the cream cheese frosting complemented the flavour of the cake. But the cake tasted good without the cream cheese frosting too.

Rating: 8/10


 Recipe
(Adapted from Food.com)

1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed, ripe
2 teaspoons lemon juice 
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 1/8 cups sugar (I cut it down to 1 3/4)
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Frosting
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups icing sugar

Garnish
Chopped walnuts or pecans


Method

Preheat oven to 275°F. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan. (I used a 10" bundt pan)

In a small bowl, mix mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy.

Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in 2 tsp vanilla.

Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk.

Stir in banana mixture.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. (For 10" bundt pan, it will cook for 1 hr 30 mins)

Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.

For the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until frosting is smooth. Spread on cooled cake. Sprinkle chopped walnuts over top of the frosting, if desired.

7 comments:

  1. as-salam
    Waaah..sedapnye Banana Bundt Cake tengok je dah berselera.. marvelous)

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  2. yummy it looks esp with bananas inside.

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  3. Banana cake, my all time fav, with or without the cream cheese frosting,

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  4. Hi Zue, thanks for dropping by my blog!
    Yep banana cake tastes good with or without cream cheese frosting =)

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