Banana Spice Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

November 10, 2014


Author Notes: A birthday cake for the most amazing person I know. My mom. Cinnamon and banana mesh incredibly well with the lemon and cream cheese in the frosting. Tarla Bergman

Serves: 12

Ingredients

Cake

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon mace
  • 1/4 teaspoon clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 bananas peeled & mashed up good
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 16 ounces cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 4 to 5 cups powdered sugar
In This Recipe

Directions

Cake

  1. Preheat to 325F. Spray two 8-inch pans with nonstick spray.
  2. Using electric mixer, beat butter & shortening, both sugars until light and fluffy, this will take around 5 minutes.
  3. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time.
  4. Next mix in the lemon peel in vanilla and lemon juice.
  5. Alternate the flour mixture with the buttermilk.
  6. Finally add your mushed bananas.
  7. Transfer batter to prepared pans. Bake cake until tester inserted near center comes out clean, about 55-65 minutes. Cool in pan on rack 20 minutes.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Beat cream cheese, butter, lemon juice, lemon rind, salt, and extract together until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Add confectioners' sugar in 2 additions. Beat until creamy. Add more icing sugar or juice as needed for easy spreading.

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