I'll start off with one of my very favorite cake recipes... it's a recipe I got from my Grandma Jeanette (who is an incredible cook) and it's honestly one of THE best cakes I've ever eaten.
The pictures I have are from my iPhone, but now that I am doing this blog I'll be sure to replace them with better photos from my actual camera the next time I make it.
2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
2 1/4 tsp caking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
3/4 tsp baking soda
2/3 cup butter or margarine
1 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups mashed banana
2 pkgs (8 oz. each) cream cheese (or light cream cheese) at room temp.
3/4 cups butter or margarine
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups icing sugar
1 banana (mashed)
cinnamon sticks (for garnish)
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Mix dry ingredients into one bowl and sift together.
In another bowl, cream the margarine, add the brown sugar and cream together. Add eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and bananas, mix together well.
Slowly add the dry mixture into the wet mixture and blend together well.
Pour the mixture (split evenly) into 2 round cake pans and even out by smoothing the tops fo the batter once they've been poured.
Bake for approximately 40 - 45 mins, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool cakes completely before frosting.
For the frosting - Mix together all the ingredients and cream together well.
Lay the bottom layer of the cake upside down and spread icing across the top. Add the top layer (right side up) and ice cake completely. Add cinnamon sticks for garnish if desired.