Hello– My grandma Rose was a farm girl, one of 11 children, whose parents immigrated from Switzerland. When I was small, she lived in a tiny house, surrounded by tree roses, flower beds, grape arbors, corn stalks, rhubarb, and a variety of fruit trees. And chickens. It was a treat to help Grandma feed the chickens– not to mention her Sunday chicken dinners.
And our Grandma was famous for her apple pies and banana bread– So here is her banana bread recipe changed a bit into banana cake with the welcome addition of cream cheese frosting. Thank you Grandma Rose.
BANANA CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
2 very ripe bananas
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped*
Cream Cheese Frosting:
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, room temperature
4 oz. cream cheese (1/2 block)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 box powdered sugar (2 cups)
1-2 tab. milk
Candied Walnuts (garnish):
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Smash the the bananas in a large in a large mixing bowl. Then stir in the sugar, eggs and oil. Next mix in the flour, baking powder, salt and walnuts.
Spoon the batter into a 9″ or 10″ cake pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake it up in at 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes until the cake is browned and a small knife inserted comes out clean.
Let the cake cool before you frost it.
To make the frosting, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, cream cheese and vanilla. Then beat in the powdered sugar. If the frosting seems too thick, add 1 tablespoon milk. Beat it up and if still a little dry, add the 2nd tablespoon of milk. Beat again.
To candy the walnuts, drop the 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts into a heavy skillet. Cook over medium heat until the sugar melts, turns to a a golden caramel and coats the nuts. Stir it the whole time so the sugar will not burn. Turn the nuts out onto a piece of foil on your counter. Let them cool completely (just a couple minutes).
Now– spread the frosting on the cake, arrange the nuts on top. It’s ready to serve.