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Easy Banana Cake

Ingredients 

FOR THE CAKE:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 large eggs (whisked)
  • 4 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

FOR THE FROSTING:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 
  • Grease and flour a 9×13 cake pan.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter.
  • Add the eggs, milk and vanilla. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cream of tartar. Mix well. 
  • Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix well, then fold in the bananas and walnuts.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth it to cover the bottom of the pan evenly.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, or until the middle of the cake springs back when you touch it.
  • Allow the cake to cool while you prepare the frosting.
  • Using an electric mixer, mix the butter and cream cheese, scraping down the sides as needed, until the mixture is light and fluffy. This will take about 3 minutes.
  • With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar, ½ a cup at a time, until it is thoroughly mixed.
  • Add the vanilla and beat the frosting on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
  • Spread the frosting on the cooled cake, then top with chopped walnuts.

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