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Banana Layer Cake

 Banana Layer Cake
“Years ago I combined two recipes to come up with this delicious iced cake,” says Jennie Krell of El Cajon, California. “It has a wonderful banana flavor.”
6 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • FROSTING:
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/3 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 3 drops yellow food coloring, optional

Directions

  • In a small bowl, beat shortening and sugar until crumbly, about 2
  • minutes. Beat in egg yolks. Beat in banana on low speed until
  • blended. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add
  • to banana mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after
  • each addition. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks
  • form; fold into batter.

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Banana Layer Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Coat two 6-in. round baking pans with cooking spray and dust with
  • flour. Add batter. Bake at 375° for 23-25 minutes or until a
  • toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10
  • minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat shortening and butter until
  • smooth. Add 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, salt and extract; mix
  • well. Stir in banana. Beat in enough of the remaining confectioners'
  • sugar to achieve desired spreading consistency. Tint with food
  • coloring if desired.
  • Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. Store in the
  • refrigerator. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 629 calories, 20 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 87 mg cholesterol, 549 mg sodium, 109 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.