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Banana Cake I
June 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.

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