banana black walnut cake with caramel frosting

Photo by Dylan D.

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

40

minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

40

minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

Ingredients

  • Cake:

  • 2

    cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2

    teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2

    cup solid vegetable shortening

  • 1 1/2

    cups sugar

  • 2

    eggs

  • 2

    ripe bananas, mashed

  • 1/4

    cup buttermilk

  • 1

    teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1

    cup chopped black walnuts*

  • Frosting:

  • 1/2

    cup (1 stick) butter, softened

  • 1

    cup packed dark brown sugar

  • 1/3

    cup heavy cream, plus more as necessary

  • 1

    tablespoon pure vanilla extract

  • 1

    (16-ounce) box confectioners’ sugar

  • 2

    cups finely chopped black walnuts, for garnish (optional)*

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) cake pans. For the cake: In a medium bowl, stir together flour and baking soda; set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream together shortening and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in mashed bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla. Add flour mixture, mix until just combined. Stir in black walnuts. Pour into prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Cool in pans on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely. Meanwhile, prepare frosting. Melt butter in small saucepan. Add brown sugar and 1/3 cup cream. Cook over medium-low heat until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Transfer to a large bowl. Using a handheld electric mixer, beat in confectioners' sugar a little at a time until smooth. If frosting is too thick, add 1 tablespoon heavy cream at a time until consistency is right. Sandwich 2 layers of cake with frosting. Frost the outside of the cake. Press chopped black walnuts on the sides of the cake, if desired.

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