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Banana Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


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  • For the Cake
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup bananas, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans + more for garnish
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1-8 oz. package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • finely chopped pecans (for garnish)



Step 1

For the Cake:
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift dry ingredients together. Combine buttermilk, bananas, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the batter alternately with the buttermilk mixture, beating until just combined after each addition. Stir in the pecans. Grease and flour cake pans (line with wax paper if desired). Divide batter evenly between the pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes or until cakes test done. Remove the cakes to a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Then invert and finish cooling to room temperature. Frost with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:
Cream cream cheese and butter together. Mix in vanilla. Sift in the powdered sugar. Mix until smooth.

Assembly: Place 1st layer of cake on serving plate. Top with 1/4 of the frosting and smooth evenly. Top with second layer. Smooth on remaining frosting. Garnish with pecans.

Note: Refrigerate cake until ready to serve and refrigerate any leftovers.


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