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cake flour, sifted
(8 oz) cream cheese, softened
powdered sugar (16 oz)
For the cake: Do NOT use a mixer ... Stir shortening to soften; sift in dry ingredients. Add bananas and 1/2 of the buttermilk. Mix until flour is dampened.
Beat vigorously by hand for 2 minutes. Add remaining buttermilk and eggs; beat 2 minutes longer by hand. Fold in nuts.
Pour into 2 greased and floured round cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for app. 35 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool on wire rack before inverting onto cake plan and frosting.
For the frosting: Mixer allowed. Cream butter and cream cheese gradually with about 1/2 box of sugar; blend well.
Beat in egg yolk and vanilla; gradually blend in remaining sugar. Add enough milk to make frosting a good spreading consistency. Ice layers.