Audra LeNormand Recipe

Banana Cake

By Audra LeNormand sslady77575

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Audra's Story

My Aunt Maxine gave me this recipe and it is so good and moist. The recipes is over 100 years old. I've so cherished her giving it to me. She only made it on special occasions and everyone looked forward to it.

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
It's hard to imagine not falling passionately in love with this moist, delicious cake! All of the flavors blend perfectly...with just the right punch of banana. Yum!


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2 c
1 c
3 c
3 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
mexican vanilla
2 1/2 c
1 c
lemon juiced
bananas sliced

Directions Step-By-Step

Cake: Preheat over to 350 degrees.
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix well. Add milk and mix well. Add flour and baking powder; mix well. Finally, add Mexican vanilla and mix well.
Grease & flour two 9 inch round cake pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
Syrup: While cake is baking, combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan.
Heat until syrup-y, then add lemon; allow to cool.
Place one cake on a cake platter and prick holes in it with a fork. Place half of the sliced bananas on 1st layer & pour 1/2 of syrup over the bananas and cake.
Place 2nd cake layer on top of the 1st. Prick holes, layer bananas, then use the last of the syrup.
Keep in the refrigerator... as it will last longer and stay moist. Remember, this recipe is over a 100 years old. Makes me wonder how they kept it fresh back then!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: American
Collection: 2012 Member's Choice
Other Tag: For Kids
Hashtags: #banana, #cake, #banana cake

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    Stephanie Dodd skeen - Feb 18, 2012
    Wonder how this would work with a 9 x 13" cake? I would like to try it; sounds delish!
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    Audra LeNormand sslady77575 - Feb 28, 2012
    It would work fine useing a sheet pan 9 X 13" Oh it is so moist you can't believe it.So pleased you want to try it.
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    Robert Glynn SGM - Mar 18, 2012
    Audra: I like your syrup from scratch, and I think it would be great with a Banana Foster type Icing. Layered to me is the way to go with a recipe like this. My 87 year young sister and I will give this a try, with our wrinkles, and I bet it will be fantastic! When we get through experimenting we will send you a note. As you might guess when you get two 85+ yrs old together they will probaly deliver something original. Maybe!! bhobbs
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    Kitchen Crew JustaPinch - Apr 25, 2012
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    Kitchen Crew JustaPinch - Apr 25, 2012
    I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!