Monday, January 7, 2013

Banana Nut Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Banana Nut Cake.....so divine.... I love it! 
Banana nut cake has always been one of my top 3 favorite cakes. I love banana nut ice cream too. How fun if I could bake a banana cake and top it with banana nut ice cream. no not really, that would be kinda weird.

But this is a great way to use up your extra bananas that are getting ripe on you. I was making homemade bread the same day or I would have probably made banana bread. But a cake is just right on a snowy day in January too!
Look what my daughter made me! It's a cake taker! Isn't it cute?  Here are a few others that I love. I have the
bundt cake taker but would LOVE the cupcake taker too. It's collapsible so it's easy to store! 

I really love the colors and the inside fabric is coordinating. She got me a cake pan with a lid and a cake server too (you can barely see it peeking out of the material. She's very creative. I loved it. 

This recipe is super easy. The base is just a yellow cake. I always mix the oil with some butter because I hate when you can taste oil in somebody's dessert cake. That's just wrong!!  You could use walnuts in this cake too but I only had pecans on hand.

 BANANA NUT CAKE

INGREDIENTS:
1 yellow cake mix
3 eggs
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup oil
1 cup mashed, ripe bananas
1/3 cup sour cream
3/4 cup pecans or walnuts
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 small box french vanilla pudding dry mix (I use a half a box in all my cakes)

Directions
Pour the yellow cake mix in your mixer and add all the rest of the ingredients mixing till smooth. Put in a 9 x 13 pan or use a smaller  cake pan (9 x 9) and then make a dozen cupcakes too!

Bake according to directions on box, usually around 30  minutes at 350. Check cupcakes which will be done in approximately 21 minutes. When cake is cooled top with cream cheese icing and sliced almonds (for looks).

Cute pans for a decorative party dessert.  I might invest in one of these cute pans soon.

Flower Power Cake Pan Wilton Daisy Sunflower Wilton 2105 3055

I thought these cake pans were really pretty and interesting. These would be  pretty designs on your cake wouldn't they? I have not seen these designs in the stores yet. I'm sure it is on Amazon though. I just love Amazon!  Check HERE for all kinds of cute ones. 

I got this silicone cupcake pan with football shapes to try it out for Super Bowl Sunday treats. 
Here's the after pictures. I will have to fill the cups a little bit less next time so they keep the football shape. 

Icing
1/2 cube butter, 1/2 large brick of cream cheese, 2 cups powdered sugar and a little milk to make smooth.
Beat on high in your mixer till smooth. Add a 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.

When cakes are cooled frost with icing and top with sliced almonds for a really pretty effect.


Yum this cake was soooooooo decadent and delicious and very nutty. Banana Nut Cake is a keeper! 

Here are the finished football cupcakes before icing.  I think chocolate icing with the 3 little white lines of the laces would be super cute, what do you think? 

2 comments:

Devin said...

That cake look delicious

Pattie said...

Thanks Devin! I'll make it for you next time you are in town!

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