|Banana layer cake|
|Banana layer cake|
I chose banana cake for my birthday, in layer form for the blog. Yes. This is my first layer cake. I did the whole thing with only one cake pan and a plain old butter knife to spread the frosting. No fancy cake decorating products or off set spatulas here. Impressed? ;-)
I think it turned out beautiful! Don't you agree?
This banana cake is a favourite with Shawn's grandma. I've made it twice for her. It's moist, sweet and soooo delicious. It's also different from your run of the mill birthday cake. That's why I chose it. This version is also low-fat and I've reduced the sugar substantially. The icing however throws all that low-fat/low-sugar off. It's a traditional butter cream full of butter and powdered sugar. So leave the icing off for a healthier cake and include it for an indulgent treat that's totally birthday worthy.
Happy Birthday to me!!
|Slice of Banana Layer Cake|
by Kaitlyn McFadden
makes one 9X13 sheet cake or two 8 to 9" cake pans
- 3/4 cup applesauce
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups AP flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup soy milk with 1 tbsp of lemon juice added
- 1 cup mashed bananas or 2 large bananas
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Cream the applesauce, eggs, sugar and vanilla
- Mix the flour, baking soda and baking powder together and add to the creamed mixture. Mix together.
- Add the milk and bananas to the mixture and beat until smooth and well blended.
- Pour into a prepared pan (either lined or greased) and bake for 20 minutes for cake pans and 30-40 minutes for 9X13 pan.
- Let cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan and let cool completely before icing.
- 1 cup of butter room temperature
- 3-4 cups of powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
- 2-4 tbsp of soy milk
- Beat butter. Add sugar and stir until combined. Beat mixture and add the vanilla. Add soy milk tbsp by tbsp until icing reaches desired consistency.