Banana Cake

photo from Bay Tables

Some of you may remember Oakleigh from a post back in December, the one on appetizer recipes taken from my cookbook and served during the book signing held in the mansion. This recipe is not from my cookbook but it is a featured dessert in Bay Tables published by the Junior League of Mobile. This one and the others you are enjoying this week are but a few of the many wonderful recipes from the homes surrounding Mobile.

This blissful cake is one enjoyed all during the year. It tastes just as refreshing in winter as it does in the summer. Enjoy!

Banana Cake

3 cups of flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup margarine
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas
2 bananas, sliced
Banana Frosting -below
    Bay Tables: A Collection of Recipes from the Junior League of MobileSift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Beat the margarine and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Stir in the mashed bananas. Spoon into three greased and floured 8-inch cake pans. Bake at 325 degrees F. for 30 minutes or until the layers test done. Do not over bake.
    Remove to a wire rack to cool. Spread Banana Cake Frosting over the bottom layer. Top with half the sliced bananas. Add next layer and repeat with frosting and remaining sliced bananas. Add the top layer. Frost top and sides of cake.
    Banana Cake Frosting

    1/2 cup butter, softened
    8 ounces cream cheese, softened
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1 -16 oz package confectioners' sugar
    1 cup chopped pecans -optional
      Beat the butter and cream cheese in a bowl until smooth. Add the vanilla and mix well. Beat in the confectioners' sugar. Sit if pecans if desired. Makes 4 cups


      1. favourite! I just love the smell and the soft texture. I seldom have it with frosting. Your frosting looks awesome...with cheese and pecans....mmm

      2. What a pretty cake, banana although not a favorite, this recipe has pecans which just about everything taste better with, so I may never get to the cake after seeing the recipe for this perfect it~

      3. Banana seems to be the hot fruit this week. I will use buttermilk next time to make mine!

      4. Gorgeous cake and I love the addition of pecans!

      5. Mmmm... I love anything with banana flavor, and this looks like a delicious recipe. I tried to make a banana cupcake a few weeks ago but it was a big flop - It was more like a muffin. But this cake is the perfect excuse to pick up the wooden spoon and try again!

      6. What a great photo! Makes you want to stir one of these cakes up. Thanks.

      7. I love banana cake but never had it like that on the photo. This is great with pecans and the frosting.

      8. This was amazing. So moist!!! Kids loved the flavor and the icing was delish. This will definitely be added to the family favorites. Thank you!!!!


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