Friday, May 21, 2010

Banana cake with chocolate frosting: Part 1

When I was 19 weeks pregnant Scot and I made a trip to his mom's house in New Iberia, LA. It just happened to be her Mother-in-law's 79th (I think) birthday. Her tradition is to make a banana cake with chocolate frosting. Now, I've never heard of such a thing. But seeing as I was pregnant and couldn't turn down cake of any kind, I tried it.

Imagine heaven in cake form. IT.WAS.THE.BEST.CAKE.EVER. And that is not an exageration. I think I teared up with joy as I ate this cake.

With that being said it is very easy. And as always there will be pictures. The catch? This is a two part recipe/post. "Why," you ask? After baking the cake and assembleing, you have to let it set 2 days before you ice it. Yes, it's worth the wait.

Here is my sous-chef!

What you need:
Two 8 in round cake pans (you want layers!)
1 box of Pillsbury Golden Butter Yellow cake mix (or plain old yellow cake mix) and whatever ingredients it calls for
Sugar (there is no measurment, I'll explain later)
1 banana (per cake layer. For example, if you want to make a 4 layer cake, the bottom, 2nd layer, and 3rd layer will need 1 banana each.)
1 stick of butter (per cake layer. For example, if you want to make a 4 layer cake, the bottom, 2nd layer, and 3rd layer will need 1 stick of butter each.If you're watching you weight, this cake is not for you! haha.)

You need to grease and flour your pans, this is essential to your cakes coming out perfect!

Mix your cake mix and ingredients together. Btw, if the recipes calls for 1/3 cup oil, increase it to a 1/2 cup instead. It makes for a moister cake!

Use a whisk and mix the ingredients just until they're blended together. Lumps ARE OK. I repeat, LUMPS ARE OK!

Now pour that yummy batter into your pans. (Yes the batter matches my counters...sigh)

And pop them in the oven (bake according to the back of your box! Set a timer for the smallest amount allowed. 34 mins in my case. You don't want to over cook the cake. It worked out perfectly for me)

Now, while the cakes are still warm, you'll want to transfer one to a plate or cake stand, which ever! Level the top of the cake and set it aside. Slice up your bananas, length wise or into round slices, whichever you prefer. Lay those slices on top of the bottom layer. Stack if you have to!
Once you finish the bananas, you'll want to put pats of butter all over the top of the bananas. And then sprinkle sugar on top of the butter. Use your judgement on how much.

Place the top layer on top and you are done!

Cover the cake and let it set for 2 days. IT'S WORTH IT.



  1. CUTE baby!!!
    I like to cook too :)
    Happy new friend Friday!
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  2. how fun!

    i need to learn to cook.

    thanks for the post!

    and thanks for following!