This cake recipe came from Denmark with my Great Grandmother and Great Grandfather when they came over to the United States.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
54
Yield:
3 - 9 inch layers or 9 x 13 inch pan
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Ingredients

54
Original recipe yields 54 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cream brown sugar and 1 cup butter, add eggs 1 at a time; beat well. Add mashed bananas and flour and salt, baking soda along with 1 cup sour cream . Add vanilla and nuts last.

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  • Pour batter into 3 - 9 inch pans or a 13 x 9 inch pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven until cake tests done with a tooth pick, about 30 to 40 minutes for the 9 inch round cakes or about 40 to 50 minutes for the 13 x 9 inch cake..

  • To make Frosting: Mix 1/2 cup of butter or margarine, 4 cups of confectioners' sugar and 1/4 cup sour cream (more if needed). Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and beat until fluffy.

Nutrition Facts

189 calories; protein 2g 4% DV; carbohydrates 27.7g 9% DV; fat 8.1g 13% DV; cholesterol 29.7mg 10% DV; sodium 75.8mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2008
This was REALLY raved over by the group(adults and kids) for which I made it. I have to say that I highly recommend the use of cream cheese frosting (1 1/2 blocks cream cheese 10 tb. unsalted butter--both softened and 24 oz. powdered sugar splash of vanilla) AND plenty of chopped walnuts on the entire OUTSIDE of the 3-layer cake INSTEAD of in the batter! It looks and tastes amazing that way...judging by all the sneaky "nut snatchers" in the group =) I followed the recipe...except I used 1/2 white and 1/2 brown sugar for a lighter color and texture and I doubled the salt. All my ingredients were at room temperature and I creamed the sugars and butter until very light and fluffy (4-5 min?). The batter was light and the cake was not too heavy either. All said we highly recommend this cake =) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/04/2010
I read most of the reviews after I made this. This is a very dense heavy cake & is okay but if you are looking for a "light" cake with plenty of banana flavor this is not for you. Many others said the brown sugar made it heavy and I REALLY packed the 2 cups of b.sugar very well. So that probably detracted from the banana flavor. I am sure if you follow other's advice to use 1/2 white and 1/2 brown- it would be better. Not worth the calories to me. Read More
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78 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 52
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2008
This was REALLY raved over by the group(adults and kids) for which I made it. I have to say that I highly recommend the use of cream cheese frosting (1 1/2 blocks cream cheese 10 tb. unsalted butter--both softened and 24 oz. powdered sugar splash of vanilla) AND plenty of chopped walnuts on the entire OUTSIDE of the 3-layer cake INSTEAD of in the batter! It looks and tastes amazing that way...judging by all the sneaky "nut snatchers" in the group =) I followed the recipe...except I used 1/2 white and 1/2 brown sugar for a lighter color and texture and I doubled the salt. All my ingredients were at room temperature and I creamed the sugars and butter until very light and fluffy (4-5 min?). The batter was light and the cake was not too heavy either. All said we highly recommend this cake =) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2004
Very good! This is a big cake, I've made it 3 times and find it bakes very nicely in a 12 cup tube pan. I use 3 and a half cups of all-purpose flour in place of cake flour. It's even better if wrapped and refrigerated overnight before serving. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2006
I took this to our weekly Bible Study - Everyone said they wanted it for their birthday cake when the time came. This is my new favorite cake. It is delicious moist and perfect. Thank you Margaret. Addition -I have now made this cake about 15 times. Some may find batter thick and "heavy" because they are not sifting the cake flour enough. I sift three times. Also - last time I ran out of brown sugar so used 1 cup brown and 1 cup white. The result was a completely different flavor also fabulous. A light airy delicious cake. The riper the bananas the more banana flavor. Again Margaret Thank you thank you Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2008
I made this cake exactly like the directions called for. I made it into a 9 x 13 pan and it got gobbled up totally at work today. Thanks for the awesome recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2004
I halfed the recipe and it made one nice sized bundt pan cake. Didnt make the icing. Plenty good without it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/08/2005
I would love to have more recipes from Margret wheler. My ancestors are from denmark and I would like to have more recipes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2004
Since a lot of people were saying it made too much batter and since I also only had one banana left I cut everything down by a forth. Turned out pretty well still cept I didn't find it sweet enough by cutting down this measurement by four so will add extra sugar next time. I used white sugar instead of brown since people found it to be heavy. I also used fat free sour cream and dusted the cake with confectioner's sugar. Giving it five stars because whole fam loved the cake especially my sister who finished half the rest!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/12/2006
I really liked the cake part pof this recipe. I agree it makes a big moist cake. If your cake was dry you probably overcooked it. I didn't have brown sugar so I used white sugar. I also used 3-1/2 c. all purpose flour and 3 bananas because that was all I had on hand. I wasn't fond of the frosting. Another reviewer said the recipe didn't make much frosting but I ended up with a huge bowl full of it. I took it to work and while most people liked the cake many commented the frosting was just too sweet. Next time I will use a cream cheese frosting. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2003
this is a really awesome cake. i used fat free sour cream and it turned out just as good so that's something to keep in mind to bring down the fat. the icing has to be warmed up before you put it on the cake i found or else it's hard to spread (maybe i just didn't add enough sour cream). i had to hide this cake in the freezer so i wouldn't eat it all! delicious!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/04/2010
I read most of the reviews after I made this. This is a very dense heavy cake & is okay but if you are looking for a "light" cake with plenty of banana flavor this is not for you. Many others said the brown sugar made it heavy and I REALLY packed the 2 cups of b.sugar very well. So that probably detracted from the banana flavor. I am sure if you follow other's advice to use 1/2 white and 1/2 brown- it would be better. Not worth the calories to me. Read More
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