Going bananas…

So you probably thought I took another vacation! :) Nope, just recovering from my vacation. Seems like for every day I am gone, I need two days to recover. :P But the laundry is finally done.

My family birthdays always seem to fall around major holidays. My mother’s is around Mother’s Day and often falls on it from time to time. My brother is the day before Halloween. Mine sits between Canada Day and 4th of July and my dad’s falls around Canadian Thanksgiving and Columbus Day. Luckily for us, only my mom gets screwed with the double gift. :D The Happy Birthday/Mother’s Day combo package.

My dad’s birthday is Wednesday. As you can tell from the photo bellow my dad is withering away in his old age and spending his time in his rocking chair. Well he does do some of that. He certainly naps a little more these days…but then again so do I. :P It’s weird when your parents get older. They always seem to be a certain age to me or when I think of them I think of them at a certain age in my mind. My mother is forever 54 in my head. For years I told people that is how old she was. My mother most likely appreciates this right up until someone does that math and realizes that if my mom was 54 and I am my age she was kind of a raging slut. ;)

This is a very simple banana cake. I spent part of the weekend looking for banana costumes (not for me) and it got me thinking about bananas. The original cake came with what sounded like a lovely frosting of espresso and caramel. But I knew kids would be eating it and I knew that they would much prefer good ol’ cream cheese frosting. My dad would prefer that too!

Everyone have a good Thanksgiving and dad have yourself a good birthday!

Banana Cake

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tap. Salt
1 ½ cups pureed or well mashed very ripe bananas (about 3 large bananas)
½ cup sour cream
11 TBSP unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 TBSP vegetable oil
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract

Grease and flour two 9-inch round (2-inch high) cake pans. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl. Whisk to combine and set aside.

Combine the bananas with the sour cream and set aside.

Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium-high speed until creamy, about 30 seconds. Add the safflower oil, granulated sugar, and brown sugar and beat at high speed until creamy and light, about 3 minutes. At medium speed, add the eggs one at a time beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Beat in the vanilla extract. At low speed, add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating it with the banana mixture in two additions and mixing just until blended.

Bake the cake for 25 to 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool the cakes in the pans on wire racks for 10 minutes.

Invert the cakes onto the racks and let cool completely.

Frost Cakes when completely cool with frosting of your choice. I went with Cream Cheese Frosting. I do not like to make a layer cake so I made two single layer cakes…I find you get more frosting that way. :P

Adapted from The Cake Book by Tish Boyle


  1. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! And Happy Birthday, Peabody’s dad!

  2. This looks delicious! I have some overly-ripe bananas that this would be perfect for :)

  3. That cake looks wonderful and so addictive!

    Happy Thanksgiving!



  4. A big YES to increasing the frosting to cake ratio! :)

  5. HAHA I am curious as to what the banana costume was for! This looks awesome- I would add some chocolate too. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Happy Thanksgiving from up north.
    i love banana cake. i was once craving it really bad at work and i went into the lunch room and seriously there was a huge pan of home made banana cake. i thought i had died and gone to heaven. Yours looks great!

  7. Sherry Baird says:

    In is in the oven now, I can’t wait till it is done, I always taste the batter and it is delicious. Now off to find a cream cheese frosting recipe

  8. I love cream cheese frosting and that is always my top choice but that espresso and caramel frosting does sound amazing!

  9. love this cake! I like the idea of caramel in the icing though… may have to play around with that sometime soon. Looks like your parents have young spirits and still enjoy having some fun!

  10. Aww, you’re parents look so adorable. :) I love old people (not to be taken offensively), they rule!

    Happy Thanksgiving Peabody! I remembered today is Thanksgiving in Canada and it reminded me of you and Robin from How I met Your Mother.

  11. i like your pictures and i would like you to invite to share them on tastingspot.com

  12. I LOVE banana cake/bread/cookies! This sounds delicious :) I love a caramel cream cheese frosting on mine…

  13. Sherry Baird says:

    love this cake and want to try some spices in it, I am looking for a Spanish Spice Cake recipe and I think with a few spices I can make this one taste like those that I use to buy a long time ago.
    Becca, I am old so you would love me. lol

  14. I have a ton of bananas that need baked. Thanks for the recipe!

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