- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
- 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
- COFFEE FROSTING:
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
- 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with bananas and sour cream, beating well after each addition.
- Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
- For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Dissolve coffee granules in milk; add to butter mixture and beat until smooth. Spread over cake. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Reviews for Potluck Banana Cake
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"This recipe was dense and would hardly rise. I, too, think it was the lack of baking powder.Heavy with moisture and barely done after an additional 10 minutes. I"ll stick with my old recipe."
"Cake was easy enough but the frosting was WAY too sweet. I added some additional butter and substituted the coffee for vanilla extract (wife didn't want the coffee flavor) and it was still a bit sweet. I used the whipping beater for my mixer to lighten it up and, while a bit on the sweet side, it came out good. The cake recipe came out good and needed no additions or subtractions. I did use 3 bananas (I don't know if I'd call them medium) but they were very ripe and mixed right in. Alternating the banana, flour and sour cream was a mess-free way of incorporating the flour (which tends to bomb if the speed isn't just right)."
"I thought the amount of banana looked skimpy, so I doubled it. Very moist and fulfilling banana flavor. Next time I will try a caramel frosting, or none at all"
"I have made this cake twice now. One as the recipe says, then I made this cake but with some revising, since I am diabetic. I used a sugar substitute in place of regular sugar. I also used 1/2 of regular flour & half local wheat flour, which did not affect the taste. I also did not have enough sour cream & ended up whipping heavy cream, then adding it, and it tasted fine as well. My husband does not like coffee at all, so the frosting for his half of the cake was a cream cheese frosting and he loved it, the cake was a bit heavier & I am guessing from the wheat flour but was still "YUMMY"!"
"We love bananas, so this cake sounds good to me. One question....will the coffee granules dissolve in cold milk, or should I dissolve them in warm milk, and then cool it off before proceeding to complete the frosting?"