Banana Cake with Buttercream Frosting

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Cooking Method: Bake


3 c sifted cake flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 c shortening
2 1/4 c granulated sugar
3 eggs, well beaten
1 1/2 c mashed ripe bananas (about 4 bananas)
1 1/8 c buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 c hot milk
1/2 c butter
1/2 c shortening (butter flavored crisco not recommended)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 c granulated sugar

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Sandy Jones Recipe
Lightly Salted
Redford, MI (pop. 163,854)
Member Since Oct 2011
Sandy's notes for this recipe:
This banana cake recipe came from my great grandmother and has been in the family for 100 years.
SHORTENING - Crisco has altered their shortening to remove trans fat. This means that it doesn't hold up in frosting as well as original Crisco. It's better to use "high ratio" shortening.
CAKE FLOUR - I'm often asked if you can use all purpose flour instead. Cake flour has a lower protein content, is more finely milled and is treated so that the starch granules absorb water and swell more readily in high sugar batters which helps the cakes to be lighter and moister.
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This is a super moist cake tailor-made for all the banana fans out there! The icing is divine... so you may want to double the recipe for ample sweetness!

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user Chris T. chrisb64 - Jan 16, 2012
This looks very good and a unique butter cream icing, is it granulated sugar right? I will like it just as is but I was wondering if you have ever added chopped walnuts and how did it turn out if you did? Thanks for sharing :o)
user Sandy Jones sandances - Jan 16, 2012
Sometimes my mom would chop walnuts up and cover the icing with them. We haven't put it in the cake but I bet it would taste good.
user Sandy Jones sandances - Jan 16, 2012
And yes, that's granulated sugar. The hot milk melts the sugar. I will edit the recipe.
user Angela Gray angiemath - Jan 16, 2012
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user karen thomas kalenaleigh - Jan 16, 2012
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!

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