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Old-Fashioned Banana Cake

Updated on July 4, 2016

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About the Recipe

This recipe comes from my maternal grandfather, an excellent cook who was at home in the kitchen. I reordered the ingredients based on order of use.

According to a handwritten note, this recipe is dated 20 April 1966.

For best results, use bananas that have brown spots on them.  If you worry about browning, sprinkle a small amount of lemon juice over peeled bananas.
For best results, use bananas that have brown spots on them. If you worry about browning, sprinkle a small amount of lemon juice over peeled bananas. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon iodized salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup shortening, Crisco recommended
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 medium bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
For best results, use whole milk.
For best results, use whole milk. | Source

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans. Set aside.
  2. Mix baking soda, salt, and flour in a medium bowl. Sift.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar until fluffy.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until well combined.
  5. Add flour mixture and milk mixture alternately, starting and ending with flour mixture. Mix well after each addition.
  6. Fold in mashed bananas. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  7. Bake in preheated oven 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. While cake is cooling, sprinkle walnuts on top. Allow cake to cool before cutting.
You may also use a traditional cream-cheese frosting on this cake, and then sprinkle the walnuts on top of the frosted cake.
You may also use a traditional cream-cheese frosting on this cake, and then sprinkle the walnuts on top of the frosted cake. | Source

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    Natasha 13 months ago from USA

    Beating cake ingredients longer adds air, which makes the cake more fluffy. Generally, you want to beat at least two minutes when introducing the ingredients.

    Sorry it didn't turn out as you had hoped. But thanks for trying the recipe and letting me know how you liked it. :D

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    Sukhneet Kaur Bhatti 13 months ago from India

    Hey Natasha, After looking at your comment, I decided to try it today itself. It came out well, but I think I did not beat it well, I guess. It was not as soft as I expected it to be.

    Yours looks very delicious. But, no worries, will try again. I am sure it will come out even better next time :)

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    Natasha 13 months ago from USA

    Hope you'll let me know how you like it. From what my mom told me, her dad was a very good cook who enjoyed making Sunday dinner every week.

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    Sukhneet Kaur Bhatti 13 months ago from India

    wow, it sounds yum. Will definitely going to give it a try. I hope it comes out well.