Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Banana Sheet Cake

I made these for Jenna to take to work the day after Valentine's day.  Everyone liked them.

Banana Sheet Cake


1 2/3 cups sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened and at room temperature
2 eggs (extra-large preferred)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 3 1/2 large)
2/3 cup buttermilk
2/3 cup chopped walnuts
Cream Cheese Frosting
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour jelly roll pan, 10 1/2 by 15 inches or 12 x 18 inches. Set aside.
 
Beat sugar and butter in a large bowl. (Will look “crumbly.”) Add in eggs and vanilla.
In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt with a whisk until well blended. Add to butter mixture, making sure to use a spatula to mix in flour from bottom. It’s ok if it’s not completely smooth.
 
Beat in mashed bananas and buttermilk.at low speed. Stir in walnuts by hand.
 
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the corners are just pulling away from the sides of the pan and the top, when gently pressed in the center, springs back. Turn half way through baking.
 
Cream Cheese Frosting for Topping Cupcakes or Cakes
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar (3/4 pound)
Place the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, and mix on medium speed just until combined. Don’t whip! Add the sugar and mix until smooth.

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