Friday, April 1, 2011

Banana-Honey Cake

I purchased a cook book several years ago and have only used it a couple times. I decided the book was under used and I needed to try one of the recipes. I looked through it and tried to decide. I kept in mind the ingredients I already had so I wouldn't need to go shopping. I was in the mood to bake or cook.

I finally found a recipe I wanted to try. It was a Banana-Honey Cake with Cream Cheese frosting. It looked yummy. The recipe can be found in "The illustrated Encyclopedia of American Cooking."

Banana-Honey Cake Recipe

1 C. honey
1 tsp. soda
1 C. rolled oats
3/4 C. butter, softened
1/2 C. Sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 C. mashed bananas
3/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 C. sifted all purpose flour
3/4/ tsp. baking powder
2   3oz. packages of cream cheese
2 1/2 C. sifted confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 350 ˚. Bring honey to a boil in medium saucepan; add 1/2 tsp.  soda. Pour hot honey mixture over oats; stir and cover. Let stand for 10 minutes. Beat butter until creamy; add sugar gradually, beating until fluffy. Blend in eggs. Add oats mixture and bananas; beat until blended. Sift salt, flour baking powder and remaining soda together. Add to creamed mixture, mixing well. Pour batter into 2 greased and waxed paper-lined 8" round cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Cool on wire rack for about 10 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool. Soften cream cheese; beat until fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar gradually, beating until frosting is of spreading consistency. Spread between layers and over top of cake and refrigerate. Garnish with banana slices just before serving.

Required ingredients.

Sifted dry ingredients.

Creamed butter, sugar and eggs.

Honey and baking soda.

Boiled honey and baking soda.

Butter mix, bananas, honey and oat mix. 

Batter ready for oven.

Offered Lil' Red a banana while I waited for the cake to bake. She refused. 

Goldie liked the banana. 

Finished cake. 

Cream cheese frosting. 

Ready to serve with no garnishing. I gave the garnishing to the chickens. 

The cake has a strong flavor. One can definitely taste the bananas and especially the honey. It is a very sweet cake. Next time I will probably leave the frosting off.

I didn't have two round cake pans and used a 9"x13" pan instead. The cake ended up thinner in appearance. Next time I need to either borrow the pans from a friend or purchase them. I believe the cake will look better.

 Comments from three other tasters; "good", "strong and sweet", "I liked the cake."

Hope you enjoy trying it.

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