banana cake with buttercream frosting

★★★★★ 28
a recipe by
Sandy Jones
Redford, MI

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!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 28
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For banana cake with buttercream frosting

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

How To Make banana cake with buttercream frosting

  • 1
    BANANA CAKE: Sift the flour, baking powder, soda, and salt together in a bowl and set aside.
  • 2
    Cream the shortening; gradually add sugar and continue creaming. Add beaten eggs and bananas and mix well.
  • 3
    Add the flour mixture alternately with the combined buttermilk and vanilla, beginning and ending with the flour.
  • 4
    Pour into two 9 inch layer pans that have been greased and floured. Bake at 375 for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • 5
    BUTTERCREAM FROSTING: Heat milk until very hot but not boiling.
  • 6
    Cream the butter and shortening until fluffy. Gradually add cornstarch and sugar. Beat well after each addition, then add vanilla.
  • 7
    Add hot milk to sugar mixture a little at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition until all the sugar dissolves and it is thick enough to spread. It's very important to add the milk a little at a time or it will cause the frosting to curdle.