This old-fashioned banana cake recipe uses buttermilk for extra complexity in flavor.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
12
Yield:
3 layer cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F ( 190 degrees C). Grease and flour 3, 9-inch round cake pans.

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  • Sift the flour with the baking powder and soda.

  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter or margarine, sugar, and salt. Add eggs one at a time to the creamed mixture, beating well after each addition.

  • Add alternately to the creamed mixture the flour mixture, the bananas, and the buttermilk. Add vanilla, and mix well. Pour into the well greased pans.

  • Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Let cake cool and frost with your choice of icings.

Nutrition Facts

424 calories; protein 5.2g 10% DV; carbohydrates 72.5g 23% DV; fat 13.2g 20% DV; cholesterol 77.3mg 26% DV; sodium 332mg 13% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2012
My mom is a tiny little thing with a hearty appetite and a real appreciation for good food. But she likes to watch her figure. Knowing she'd have her martini at the house before we took her out to dinner last night I never thought this cake would fit into the scenario for the evening. But she tried a "taste " finished a decent-sized piece and after dinner took another 4 pieces home individually wrapped. It hooked her. As for Hubs he rarely eats dessert in the evening particularly chocolate. But he relented sat to himself and enjoyed a little slice followed by another perfectly content just he and his cake. Make no mistake - this is NOT banana bread covered in frosting provided your technique is correct. Cream the butter and sugar add eggs one at at a time then the vanilla. Stir in the bananas. Then add the flour in three additions with the buttermilk beginning and ending with the flour just until combined. This is a light and fluffy cake with a more aerated rather than dense crumb - and it's plenty sweet particularly if you use nearly black bananas as I did. I'm glad I topped it with Chocolate Cookie Buttercream Frosting (an amended version to make it more chocolatey) to kind of temper that sweetness. I coated the sides lightly with toasted chopped pecans and garnished the top with dark chocolate curls and dried banana chips. This is a three-tiered showpiece. Normally this would have gone to the office with Hubs. This time at his request it stayed home. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/20/2007
Great Banana flavor but I am looking for a more cake-like fluffy texture this was more like banana bread. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/15/2012
My mom is a tiny little thing with a hearty appetite and a real appreciation for good food. But she likes to watch her figure. Knowing she'd have her martini at the house before we took her out to dinner last night I never thought this cake would fit into the scenario for the evening. But she tried a "taste " finished a decent-sized piece and after dinner took another 4 pieces home individually wrapped. It hooked her. As for Hubs he rarely eats dessert in the evening particularly chocolate. But he relented sat to himself and enjoyed a little slice followed by another perfectly content just he and his cake. Make no mistake - this is NOT banana bread covered in frosting provided your technique is correct. Cream the butter and sugar add eggs one at at a time then the vanilla. Stir in the bananas. Then add the flour in three additions with the buttermilk beginning and ending with the flour just until combined. This is a light and fluffy cake with a more aerated rather than dense crumb - and it's plenty sweet particularly if you use nearly black bananas as I did. I'm glad I topped it with Chocolate Cookie Buttercream Frosting (an amended version to make it more chocolatey) to kind of temper that sweetness. I coated the sides lightly with toasted chopped pecans and garnished the top with dark chocolate curls and dried banana chips. This is a three-tiered showpiece. Normally this would have gone to the office with Hubs. This time at his request it stayed home. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2003
This cake was WONDERFUL!!!!! It was VERY moist had a great texture and the taste...my mouth waters just thinking about it. Loved it!! I did have to cook it about 20 minutes longer than the recipe called for as the batter was very heavy. May have been my mistake but the wait was WELL WORTH IT!! Thanks Syd! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/20/2007
Great Banana flavor but I am looking for a more cake-like fluffy texture this was more like banana bread. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2007
I make a BIG A Banana Cake for my Daughter's Birthday every year and I have become bored with the recipe that I have been using... I just made this recipe into 28 cupcakes for my Daughters class tomorrow and it is SUPER YUMMY. I had an idea that it would be good when I saw her lick the spatula clean but it is truly yummy. I will use this recipe for a long time. Thank You for Sharing!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2003
Excellent! Great flavor and texture! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2003
Heavenly banana flavor! Frosted this delicious treat with a cream cheese icing into which I blended a mashed banana and a bit of vanilla. Even better the day after. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/15/2008
I made this last night and the flavor is very good. The only changes in the recipe I made was with the sugar and buttermilk. I didnt have any buttermilk and didnt want to make a trip to the store for just that so I did the old substitution with milk and lemon juice The cake was very heavy tho. Not like a cake at all but more like a banana bread. I made it in a bundt pan. I too decreased the sugar to 1 cup but it was still very sweet. My grandkids LOVED it tho. All in all a good recipe for taste.. just not as light as a cake would be. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2009
Delicious. Not as heavy as banana bread not quite as light as a cake.. but it was just right in the middle. I made this for my son's birthday and I found it to be a nice change from the usual white or yellow cake. I topped it with the banana butter icing from this site and it was a perfect match. I received compliments from all who had some. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2003
Moist and flavorful! Great cake Syd. No problems with this recipe. I frosted the cake with the whipped cream frosting from this site. YUMMY! Read More
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