When I make cakes I almost always make one with chocolate- really, I LOVE chocolate cake. If I don't make something chocolate, however, this is my new favorite- French Banana Cake. It's kind of like a REALLY yummy, REALLY moist banana bread with frosting. Delicious!! The recipe calls for a 9x13 but for our New Years party I baked it in a bundt pan- it took almost an hour to cook, but beautiful! The other great thing about this cake is it tastes great the 2nd day. Okay, on with the recipe:
French Banana Cake (from Favorites)
2/3 cup water
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 package white cake mix
1 1/4 cups very ripe bananas, mashed
2/3 cup walnuts, optional (but really, who wants to ruin a cake by adding nuts, yuck!)
Mix water, vinegar, and soda. Combine with cake mix & eggs. Stir until moistened. Scrape bowl with spatula. Add mashed bananas. Beat with electric mixer 3 minutes at medium speed. Pour into greased & floured 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean). When cooled, frost.
Creamy Butter Frosting (this makes a lot of frosting, for the bundt cake I cut it in half)
4 cups powdered sugar
4 Tablespoons soft butter
cream or milk (I use whole milk)
1 tsp. vanilla
Mix powdered sugar and butter, adding enough cream or milk to make right consistency of icing. Add vanilla. Frost cake and store in the refrigerator.