Bill Penzey, founder of Penzeys Spices, offers a banana cake with chocolate frosting that his grandmother used to make. April birthdays always seemed to included this cake in his memories. For more about Bill's company and recipes visit Penzeys online
Every year when those April birthdays rolled around, Gram would make our special requestbanana cake with chocolate frosting. This cake is just the best, and it is pretty darn easy, too. Make sure those bananas are really ripe. Ripe bananas store well in the freezer, just cut the tip off and squeeze into the measuring cup!
21/2 Cups sugar1 Cup butter (2 sticks)4 eggs1 Cup sour cream2 tsp. baking soda3 Cups all-purpose flour1 TB. PURE VANILLA EXTRACT21/2 Cups mashed very ripe bananas (about 6 fresh, 8 if using previously frozen bananas)
Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease and flour three 9-inch cake pans and set aside. Mash the bananas and place in a measuring cup. If using previously frozen bananas, just cut the tip off and squeeze the thawed bananas into a measuring cup, pouring off any watery liquid. Cream the butter and sugar together until well mixed. Add the eggs and beat well. Mix in the sour cream. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and baking soda. Add to the creamed mixture and beat well. Add the mashed bananas and PURE VANILLA EXTRACT and mix well. Divide evenly among the prepared cake pans. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool a few minutes and remove from pans. Cool completely before frosting.
Frosting:5 Cups powdered sugar1/3 Cup NATURAL COCOA POWDER1/3 Cup butter, softened2-4 TB. brewed black coffee
Sift the powdered sugar and COCOA together into a large bowl. Add the softened butter and mix on very low speed until they are incorporated. Add the coffee starting with 2 TB., and mix until it reaches your desired spreading consistency.
Prep. time: 15 minutes + 10 to frostBaking time: 30-35 minutesServes: 12-16
Nutritional Information: Servings 16; Serving Size 1 piece (163g); Calories 560; Calories from fat 180; Total fat 20g; Cholesterol 95mg; Sodium 290mg; Carbohydrate 93g; Dietary Fiber 2g.