Banana Cake with Buttercream Frosting
- 3 c sifted cake flour
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 c shortening
- 2 1/4 c granulated sugar
- 3eggs, well beaten
- 1 1/2 c mashed ripe bananas (about 4 bananas)
- 1 1/8 c buttermilk
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 C hot milk
- 1/2 C butter
- 1/2 C shortening (butter flavored Crisco not recommended)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1 C granulated sugar
1 – BANANA CAKE: Sift the flour, baking powder, soda, and salt together in a bowl and set aside.
2 – Cream the shortening; gradually add sugar and continue creaming. Add beaten eggs and bananas and mix well.
3 – Add the flour mixture alternately with the combined buttermilk and vanilla, beginning and ending with the flour.
4 – Pour into two 9 inch layer pans that have been greased and floured. Bake at 375 for 25 to 30 minutes.
5 – BUTTERCREAM FROSTING: Heat milk until very hot but not boiling.
6 – Cream the butter and shortening until fluffy. Gradually add cornstarch and sugar. Beat well after each addition, then add vanilla.
7 – add hot milk to the sugar mixture a little at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition until all the sugar dissolves and it is thick enough to spread. It’s very important to add the milk a little at a time or it will cause the frosting to curdle.