Banana Cake

Makes: 1 9x13 pan   Prep Time: 10 minutes   Bake Time: 35-40 minutes   Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

for the cake-

  • 2 2/3 cups pastry flour (or 2 2/3 cups minus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour)
  • 2 2/3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large or 4 small very ripe bananas
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

for the frosting-

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and grease a 9x13 pan.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, mash the bananas.  Beat in eggs one at a time, until each is incorporated.  Then mix in the buttermilk, oil and vanilla.  Lastly, add the dry ingredients to the batter just until combined.
  4. Pour batter into your prepared pan.  Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Cool on a rack.
  5. While the cake is cooling, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth and no lumps remain.  Add the vanilla or almond extract and beat until incorporated.  Slowly add powdered sugar.
  6. Frost the cake, slice, serve, enjoy!