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How To Make Banana Cake

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I’ve had plenty of banana bread in my day. But it always seems like more of a cold weather food. Go figure, a tropical fruit that makes a cold weather bread. Doesn’t make sense, but that’s how it is.

This cake, though, is lighter than any banana bread I’ve ever had. And with the brown sugar buttercream frosting, it’s an amazing summertime treat.

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Ingredients

090707-191023_Lg2 cups sugar
½ cup butter (1 stick)
2 egg yolks
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
3 crushed bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 egg whites, beaten

Metric conversion (estimate)

500 g sugar
60 g butter
2 egg yolks
375 g all-purpose flour
7 g baking powder
4.7 g baking soda
2.4 g salt
235 ml milk
3 crushed bananas
5 ml vanilla
2 egg whites, beaten

Directions

Combine the sugar and butter and beat on low speed until completely combined.

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Add the egg yolks and beat on high speed until the mixture is smooth and fluffy. This is the creaming method. (Follow that link so Jenni can tell you all about why the creaming method works for cakes.)

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In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients — flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt — and whisk thoroughly. You’ll want the baking soda to be well distributed throughout the flour before adding to the wet ingredients.

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Alternate adding dry and wet ingredients (milk), beating each time until it is just incorporated. Start and end with dry. (If you really care why, Jenni explains all.)

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When you’re done, you should have a nice, soft, fluffy batter.

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Now mash the bananas and add them to the batter.

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Add the vanilla and beat until combined.

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Whip the egg whites until they form stiff peaks, but not so much you dry them out.

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Carefully fold the egg whites into the batter, trying not to deflate them too much.

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Pour the batter into three greased and floured round pans.

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Bake at 350° for 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry.

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Pop the cakes out of the pans and let them cool to room temperature, then frost with the brown sugar buttercream frosting.

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This frosting will stay soft and creamy at room temperature. If you want it to firm up, you’ll need to put the cake in the refrigerator.

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And that’s it.

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Want more like this? For more recipes like this, that you can hold right in your hands, and write on, take notes, tear pages out if you want (Gosh, you're tough on books, aren't you?) you might be interested in How To Cook Like Your Grandmother, 2nd edition, Illustrated. Or to learn your way around the kitchen, check out Starting From Scratch: The Owner's Manual for Your Kitchen.

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