This is another one of my mother's old recipes.

Carol

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 9 inch 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 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 inch layer cake pans. Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt; set aside.

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  • In a large bowl, combine the shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Beat well. Blend in the buttermilk. Add sifted flour mixture alternately with mashed banana to the egg mixture while beating. Pour batter into prepared pans.

  • Bake cake for 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool on wire racks. Fill and frost the cake with whipped cream.

Nutrition Facts

418 calories; protein 4.4g 9% DV; carbohydrates 46.9g 15% DV; fat 24.4g 38% DV; cholesterol 85.8mg 29% DV; sodium 228.7mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2006
wonderful flavor and texture. The title of this recipe speaks true. I replaced shortening with butter, and added 1 1/4 cup mashed banana that I had in the freezer. Made in a 9x13 pan and baked in my oven for 45 minutes. I made a 'review' mini muffin and this is outstanding. Light and airy but yet rich tasting w/the butter substitution. Made 'WHIPPED CREAM CREAM CHEESE FROSTING' recipe from this site (by Tom) and if you have never tried this frosting, it is a must. It is so addictive and is the perfect compliment to this cake, as the frosting is very light and whippy and not sickening sweet. Made a day ahead for a treat to the co-workers tomorrow. Thanks for this lovely and easy recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/22/2008
This cake was NOT fluffy or cake like. This tastes exactly like dense banana bread. I followed the basic directions except subbed real butter for the shortening and cut back on the white sugar slightly. After reading reviewers problems with sticking I decided to try muffins. I got 12 nice sized muffins (used liners) cooked in 18 minutes. This does have a light banana flavor. I used the Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting recipe by Tom (which was fantastic). I will continue to try banana cake recipes from this site that are actually fluffy and taste like cake. Read More
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33 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 6
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  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2006
wonderful flavor and texture. The title of this recipe speaks true. I replaced shortening with butter, and added 1 1/4 cup mashed banana that I had in the freezer. Made in a 9x13 pan and baked in my oven for 45 minutes. I made a 'review' mini muffin and this is outstanding. Light and airy but yet rich tasting w/the butter substitution. Made 'WHIPPED CREAM CREAM CHEESE FROSTING' recipe from this site (by Tom) and if you have never tried this frosting, it is a must. It is so addictive and is the perfect compliment to this cake, as the frosting is very light and whippy and not sickening sweet. Made a day ahead for a treat to the co-workers tomorrow. Thanks for this lovely and easy recipe. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/21/2008
This cake was NOT fluffy or cake like. This tastes exactly like dense banana bread. I followed the basic directions except subbed real butter for the shortening and cut back on the white sugar slightly. After reading reviewers problems with sticking I decided to try muffins. I got 12 nice sized muffins (used liners) cooked in 18 minutes. This does have a light banana flavor. I used the Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting recipe by Tom (which was fantastic). I will continue to try banana cake recipes from this site that are actually fluffy and taste like cake. Read More
(22)
Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2018
This cake is SOO good. I can't even believe how much flavor 2 bananas gave it. It was too sweet so I will only use 3/4 cup of sugar next time. This cake is fluffy as it claims and has a really delicious crust. I also used butter instead of shortening and will do the same next time. Used 1/2 cup buttermilk (homemade - scant 1/2 cup with 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar let it sit for 5 minutes) by mistake and it was still great. These days I make into mini muffins for my toddlers who can't get enough of them then freeze them to have in the freezer for breakfast every weekend (microwave 12 seconds upside down then flip right side up for another 12 seconds). This make about 30 mini muffins and only need 12-13 minutes to bake. I have to make another batch before the freezer stash runs out or there will be hell to pay!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2009
This was wonderful! Light and fluffy and full of flavor! Not sure what the problem was with the others that thought it was dense. I didn't change a thing made it exactly the way the recipe said to. Delicious. I made two heart shaped cakes and I will be sending one with my daughter to school for her class party tomorrow. Wonderful recipe thank you for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/01/2013
This is a great cake - I couldn't be more pleased. BUT...I did't make it exactly to specifications. I used butter rather than shortening tho' because I'm familiar with cakes made with both I know I would not have been disappointed had I prepared the cake with shortening. I used one more banana and just a tad more buttermilk than called for. I wanted banana cake not banana bread so I figured these two adjustments would help achieve that. I mixed this up a little differently than the recipe instructs. I creamed the butter and sugar VERY well then added the eggs and vanilla beating well after each. Then I blended in the mashed bananas. I added the dry ingredients alternately in thirds with the buttermilk beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Most important in my mind was that I used 8" rather than 9" layer cake pans which turned out a perfectly sized cake - baked about 30 minutes. I'm not sure I would have been as happy with the "shorter" cake that would have resulted from the 9" pans. I chose to frost it with a chocolate buttercream frosting and garnished it with crushed Milano cookies. I had no issues with it being a dense cake at all and was quite happy with it's light moist crumb. The ripeness of the bananas I used was reflected in how pleasantly flavorful and sweet the cake was. This is just a good old-fashioned banana layer cake I wouldn't hesitate to make again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/21/2007
I made these as cupcakes for my daughter's monkey-themed birthday. I used 3 bananas (1 1/4 c mashed) and decreased sugar to 1 c as well as using unsalted butter in lieu of shortening (I always use real butter for baking!). They were very good and were fluffy - I wanted something that wasn't going to feel heavy like banana bread and this was it. Even with the sugar decrease they were still nicely sweet especially if planning to ice them. I also used very ripe bananas so maybe they added their own extra sweetness? Lastly this is enough batter for 12 nice full-sized cupcakes or 18 cupcakes that are a little on the small side but since they rise so well it's not bad. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/26/2003
I have made a few changes to this recipe when I made it. I did not have shortening so I added butter instead. I also used 1/2c of buttermilk. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2011
The cake that emerges from this thick viscous batter is surprisingly light and mouthwatering. My only change was to put the bananas into a food processor for a bit to smooth the batter out. I wanted something that I could create a chocolate covered banana cupcake with and this is the perfect base! I would recommend to anyone! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/09/2007
I guess I was expecting the cake to actually be fluffy. The flavor was good but it turned out just about as dense as my traditional banana bread. Read More
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