In honor of my stepfather’s birthday this weekend, I baked red velvet cupcakes and an Old fashioned banana cake from Ina Garten’s cookbook “Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?”
Due to the unique flavor of the banana cake I decided to only include this recipe. I highly recommend trying it out! Ina includes orange zest which surprisingly enhances the overall flavor of the cake. I never imagined that adding this ingredient would boost the cake’s flavor so much. Scroll below for directions. Enjoy! xo
Old Fashioned Banana Cake
Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That? by Ina GartenServes 8
- 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Grated zest of 1 orange
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 cup cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 9×2 round inch cake pan. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the bananas, granulated sugar, and brown sugar on low speed until combined. With the mixer still on low, add the oil, eggs, sour cream, vanilla, and orange zest. Mix until smooth.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Stir in the chopped walnuts. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, turn out onto a cooling rack, and cool completely.
Spread the frosting thickly on the top of the cake and decorate with walnut halves.
Cream Cheese Frosting
For one 9-inch cake
6 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
6 tbsp (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar (1/2 lb)
Mix the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on low speed until just combined. Don’t whip! Add the sugar and mix until smooth.