It was my husband’s birthday last week, so I wanted to make a cake he would enjoy (remember that he is fairly picky about the sweets he eats?). He does enjoy banana bread and I have made a banana cake (recipe from a friend) previously that he really liked. So I scoured my Amish Cooking Book for a recipe and found this one!
Also, my husband is not 82 – our son helped me decorate the cake and those were the decorations he decided needed to be on the cake, lol!
1 cup white sugar 1 tsp soda
1/2 cup butter 2 tsp baking powder
4 tbsp sour milk 1 tsp cream of tartar
2 well beaten eggs pinch of salt
2 cups flour 1 tsp vanilla
1 cup mashed bananas 1/2 cup chopped nuts
Cream sugar and butter, add the eggs, milk and vanilla. Add the sifted dry ingredients. Add bananas and nuts. Bake at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes or until done.
- Mandy’s Hints: The above recipe is written just as it appears in the book. You’ll notice it’s, um, very basic and not very “fluffy” with words. 🙂
- I omitted the nuts – as I’m not a nuts-in-my-baked-goods fan.
- You can make sour milk by adding some lemon juice to your milk. I didn’t bother this time and just used whole milk and it turned out perfect!
- 1 cup of mashed bananas was 3 bananas for me.
- I greased a cake sheet pan with Crisco and then put flour on it to prevent the cake from sticking.
- Once I poured the batter into the pan, I sprinkled the top of it with cinnamon and white sugar – this is optional, but it’s REALLY delicious. 😉
*The Amish Cooking cookbook has hundreds (maybe thousands? I haven’t counted and don’t plan on it..) of recipes and no names were listed as to whom to give credit to for the actual individual recipes. Therefore, I can not give credit to the proper person for this delicious banana cake!
PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING (recipe from a friend):
1/2 cup butter 3 tbsp milk
1 cup peanut butter 2 cups powdered sugar
Beat peanut butter and softened butter – gradually mix in sugar, adding milk as needed. Once thick and fluffy, beat for 3 minutes.