With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Banana Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Banana Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting

My blog friend Lynn @Happier Than a Pig in Mud shares the tastiest recipes!  I have made several and enjoyed each one! She found this delicious banana cake and I like it for the same reasons Lynn does ~ moist, delicious and small enough to bake in a counter top oven.

Our granddaughter, Shaela and her family visit us every August. Soon after her arrival she asked, "When can we bake?" Kids love to be in the kitchen and grandmothers love to share the experience with them. I knew just what we'd make together. So first thing the next morning, before anyone else was up, Shaela hopped onto the counter and we began.

The cake was a hit! Little girls like to have tea parties so we gathered a few things and set up a lovely table complete with candles even though it was early in the day. 

Shaela likes my square cake stand with a matching individual tea pot and cup.

I get to see Shaela and her siblings just a few times each year so making each moment special is really important to me hoping she will cherish these memories as much as I do.

Banana Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting
Original Recipe source:  ButterYum


2/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp butter, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup mashed very ripe banana (about 2 bananas)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda

Vanilla Bean Frosting:
2 tbsp butter, softened
1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream (I use less)
1/2 vanilla bean, seeded and scraped
pinch of salt

1.  Preheat oven to 375°F.  Spray a 9x9 pan with non-stick cooking spray.

2.  Cream together butter and sugar, until fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the sour cream and egg; mix well. Add the mashed banana and vanilla, mix well again.

3.  Combine the flour, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl; add to the butter mixture. Stop mixing as soon as it is combined. Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. The cake will be done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

4.  Let the cake cool completely. To make the frosting, cream together the butter and confectioners sugar. Add the heavy cream slowly and beat until smooth and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the scraped vanilla bean and a pinch of salt.  Spread the frosting over the cooled cake

Recipe Notes:
Just as Lynn did, I substituted vanilla for the Vanilla Bean using 1/2 tsp.

Again as Lynn noted, the butter and the powdered sugar did not cream together but came together when the liquid was added.  I used fat-free Half-n-Half and did not need 1/4 of a cup. I probably used 1/8 of a cup to get the right consistency. Even without heavy cream, the frosting was heavenly.

I baked in an 8x8-inch pan



Maple Lane said...

The cake looks absolutely delicious. Shaela is adorable and looks like a delightful kitchen assistant! Your cake plate/tea pot are very pretty. I love each of your sweet photos.

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Yepper - that's my cake. It's been pinned and repinned on pinterest thousands of times. Here's my original post.


Snap said...

The banana cake looks yummy. Love your tea for one and I'd take a nice, large, cold glass of milk, too! :D

marie said...

Another wonderful memory in the making...your grandchildren must love spending time with you!

Love the pretty able setting and the cake sounds yummy!

Brandi said...

Looks delicious! I love banana cake!

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

Oh my! Yummy! Will have to make this for my husband. He is crazy for bananas.

MrsJenB said...

Oh, that looks so moist and delicious!

Barbara F. said...

Looks delicious and I love your table, too. xo

Barbara F. said...

This looks delicious and I love your tablescape, too. xo

Leslie said...

I love banana cake, and this one looks wonderful! What a delicious frosting recipe, too. I need to make this sometime! Your cake plate is also beautiful, as is the whole tablescape!

Zhenya and Nika Aksutin said...

How beautiful and how delicious!!!!!!!

Gypsy Heart said...

I would so love to have this right now! It looks and sounds wonderful. Your cake stand and tea pot are adorable as well as your little helper. Love the table setting too.


renee @ Singing With Birds said...

Banana Sheet Cake is a family favorite. This one is a better size for lots of days. Lynn does post some terrific recipes and with a lot more frequency than myself. Looks like you're have a fun summer too!

Amanda said...

your servingware is beautiful :D

Winnie said...

The cake looks just SUPER !:)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Aw, I love your assistant, so much cuter than Earl! Glad you tried the cake too and your setting is beautiful-enjoy:@)

Ann said...

That looks very good and it reminded me that I meant to pick up bananas at the store today.

podso said...

Lovely setting for a delicious cake! I love banana cake and a small sized cake like this seems just perfect. I will copy the recipe. Thanks!

Susan said...

Oh, LDH, that looks divine. And the little set table? Adorable. Thanks for sharing. How sweet. Your granddaughter is one lucky little girl to have a grammie who's loving and also a gourmet cook! Susan

~ Liz ~ said...

A square cake stand, what a fantastic idea. Your table setting is so sweet and I love that you two got up and started baking together first thing. What fun memories you made!

Heather said...

Oh Yum!! your table setting looks so pretty can I join you please :) ~Enjoy your Banana Cake Love Heather

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Lorraine, this looks really yummy. I love the cake stand and teapot, how pretty, and your home always looks so elegant as well~

Dawnye7 said...

Would you come to my house and make my table look good too. Oh, and bring the cake, so that we can talk and eat after the table is set up. =)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I was planning on making banana bread today but I think I just changed my mind. That cake looks so good! I think I saved the recipe when Patricia first posted it too.

Just a little something from Judy said...

Did you see the two very ripe bananas on my kitchen counter? This is the perfect recipe! I like that you made it simple to print too. You are so kind to share good recipes that you find.

Your tablescape is beautiful! So is Shaela.

Lois Christensen said...

The cake looks so good! I would love a cold glass of milk with it also! Enjoy your weekend.

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

Hi Lorraine! You certainly did Lynn's recipe proud (I agree, she has some of the best recipes!)
Your photos, as always are exquisite and little Shaela is a living doll. So CUTE!! xo~m

Beth said...

What a little cutie! And your cake looks wonderful too.

Sangeetha said...

Yummy looking banana cake. I just love your teapot. My brother has a similar individual teapot with cup but it is plain yellow. The "apple" knob is too cute.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

The cake looks so yummy!! Anything with banana's is always my favorite!!


corners of my life said...

A perfect presentation for that delicious cake. I bet it made it taste even better!

Sharon Parsons said...

Delicious cake. Have made it several times for grandaughters that love banana cake or muffins. Instead of icing the cake I put half the batter in pan sprinkle with chocolate chips and then with rest of batter. Just like icing in the middle of the cake


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