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Grandma’s Banana Cake Recipe

18 Feb

This is one of my favorite cakes.  All right, there isn’t a cake that doesn’t qualify as one of my favorites!

This one, however, has been handed down from my grandmother, which makes it special.  When your bananas look like this, there’s no better time to make a banana cake.

The first thing I do is prepare my bananas.   I pour three of them into a bowl, (Yep, they were about that ripe.) and mash them.

Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the bananas and mix well.  Set this mixture aside for now.

Start with 1/2 cup of softened margarine or butter in a large bowl.  Add 1 1/2 cup of sugar and cream it well.

In a separate bowl, beat 2 eggs, and then add them to the creamed mixture.  I love how bright yellow the yolks are in my farm eggs!

After mixing the eggs in with the butter and sugar mixture, I measure out 2 coups of flour, 2 tsp. of baking powder and a pinch of salt in another container.  I also measure 1/2 cup sweet milk.

Add the milk and flour alternately.  Start with a bit of milk and mix it in.

Then you add some flour and mix it in.  Keep alternating until you finish up with milk.

Add 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla.  You can find out how to make your own vanilla HERE.

Add the smashed bananas to the cake batter and mix it up.  If you want, you can add a cup of chopped nuts.

Prepare a 9 x 13 cake pan by greasing it, and pour the batter into the pan.

Using a spatula, smooth the batter towards the edges so it will bake evenly.

Place the cake into an oven preheated to 350* F and bake for 30 – 40 minutes.  It’s ready to come out when a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out cleanly.

This is one cake that is delicious just from the pan, but to make it even better, I added some cream cheese frosting.