A serious cake for a serious party

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I was honored to make the birthday cake for my father-in-law’s surprise 60th.He’s a man with very classic tastes and a fondness for banana bread. To dress up this tea time treat, I added some whisky and cream cheese frosting. Makes everything better!

Now let me tell you, this cake was the star of the party. It is seriously banana-y. You could brush the cake with simple syrup though you don’t need it at all for moisture. It’s just for additional flavor. I made a full quarter sheet cake, which was plenty for 30 people. I’ve scaled the recipe back to a more normal amount below.

NOTE: Cake boards are surprisingly easy to get from any baker.  They can tell you what size you need and often have boxes for sale too. Sweet!

Very Banana Cake
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

3 1/2 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 c sugar
1 c brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 c bananas, mashed
2 tbsp whisky or vanilla
1/3 c yogurt

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 2 9 inch cake pans and set aside.

Whisk dry ingredients together. Set aside. Cream together butter and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time once fully incorporated. Alternate dry ingredients with bananas, whisky, and yogurt.

Split batter between the two pans and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

4 oz butter, softened
4 oz cream cheese, softened
2 c powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon

Put all ingredients in mixer and stir until smooth. Chill 20 minutes before spreading.

 

 

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