Banana Cake



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    Ingredients:
    1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed, ripe
    2 teaspoons lemon juice
    3 cups flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    3/4 cup butter, softened
    2 1/8 cups sugar (I personally use 1 1/2 cup coconut sugar)
    3 large eggs
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    1 1/2 cups buttermilk
    Frosting
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    3 1/2 cups icing sugar

    Directions:

    • Preheat oven to 275°.
    • Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.
    • In a small bowl, mix mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside.
    • In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
    • In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy.
    • Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in 2 tsp vanilla.
    • Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
    • Stir in banana mixture.
    • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
    • Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP! This is what makes the cake PERFECT!

    For the frosting:
    Cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until frosting is smooth. Spread on cooled cake.

    Sprinkle chopped walnuts over top of the frosting, if desired.

    *To make it GF, use a GF flour. I used a rice flour mixture that allows me to do cup for cup substitution.
    ** To make it diabetic friendly, use a high fiber flour and use a sugar substitute cup for cup. I used honey in my cake mixture and stevia powder for the icing.


 

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