It’s My Birthday And Banana Cake With Cream Cheese Icing

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My birthday is coming up next week. I’m not crazy enough to tell you my age, but I will tell you this.

I’m old enough to remember when Hall & Oates, Air Supply, Bon Jovi, U2, and Billy Idol first came on the radio.

I’m old enough to have watched Captain Kangaroo, the original Charlie’s Angels, Sunday night Disney, Moonlighting, and Little House On The Prairie.

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I’m old enough to have teased the shit out of my hair, and to have used no less than one bottle of industrial strength hair spray, on said hair, every week.

I’m old enough to have worn leg warmers, shoulder pads, stirrup pants, and off the shoulder sweaters. Sometimes at the same time.

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I’m old enough to have been in the theaters munching on extra buttery popcorn while watching Dirty Dancing, Footloose, The Breakfast Club, and Top Gun.

I’m old enough to remember life without cell phones, satellite TV, remote controls, power door locks, and digital cameras.

I’m old enough to know that you don’t need to have a birthday to have cake.

Banana Cake With Cream Cheese Icing

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 9"x13" pan

This is a deliciously moist cake that is only made better with traditional cream cheese icing, however, it is a great snack cake without the icing too. Add some walnuts or chocolate chips to the cake batter for a great variation.

Ingredients

    For The Banana Cake
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk *see substitutions
  • 2 large or 3 small bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For The Cream Cheese Icing
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups icing (powdered) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Directions

For The Banana Cake:

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a potato masher or a fork until very few lumps remain. Set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and mix well. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the buttermilk and bananas, Mix well. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until combined.

Pour the cake batter into a parchment lined 9"x13" baking dish. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

Buttermilk Substitutions:

Soured Milk - In a 1 cup measure, add 2 teaspoons lemon juice or white vinegar. Add 2% or whole milk to the 1 cup line. Let the milk sit for 5 minutes before using.

Greek Yogurt - Use equal amounts of Greek yogurt for the buttermilk.

Sour Cream - Use equal amounts of sour cream for the buttermilk.

For The Cream Cheese Icing:

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the vanilla and mix well. Slowly add the icing (powdered) sugar and milk. Beat the icing until smooth. Spread over cooled cake.

Notes

Original Recipe by My Friend's Bakery 2014

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