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Old-Fashioned Banana Cake image

Provided by Ina Garten

Categories     dessert

Time 1h25m

Yield 8 servings

Number Of Ingredients 18

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 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Grated zest of 1 orange
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)
Cream Cheese Frosting, recipe follows
Walnut halves, for decorating (optional)
6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (1/2 pound)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 by 2-inch round 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, if using. 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, if using.
  • 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.

Tamim Miazi
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I highly recommend this recipe to anyone who loves banana cake.

Sanjit Tharu
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This cake is the perfect dessert for any meal.

Shezz cats
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This cake is a great way to start the day.

Paul Aaron Roman
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The glaze on this cake is the perfect finishing touch.

Sky Blood
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This cake is so moist and flavorful.

China Leturukah
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I love the simple ingredients in this recipe.

Manika Adhikari
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This cake is the perfect way to use up ripe bananas.

Akra Maima
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I've never had a banana cake this good before.

Rachel Roczynski
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This cake is a must-try!

Braxton Brownlee
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I highly recommend this recipe to anyone who loves banana cake.

Prince Akash
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This cake is perfect for any occasion.

Zoe Samuel
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I'm so glad I found this recipe. It's a keeper!

Muhammad Hussan
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This cake is so good, I could eat it every day.

Kirabo Deborah
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I love the glaze on this cake. It's the perfect complement to the moist banana cake.

Marnus Prinsloo
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This is my go-to recipe for banana cake. It's always moist and delicious.

Puja Raut
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I've made this cake several times now, and it's always a crowd-pleaser.

Chaocheng Hu
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This cake is so easy to make, and it always turns out perfectly.

Brendan Barrett
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I made this cake for my family and they loved it! It was a big hit.

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This is the best banana cake I've ever had! It's so moist and flavorful, and the glaze is the perfect finishing touch.