Thursday, April 5, 2012

Banana Cake

My 1st Birthday Cake 
This banana cake has made many appearances throughout my life.  My mom says that this cake is what she made for each of our {my three siblings and I} first birthdays.  I can definitely say that I may carry on that tradition when I have my own kids, I mean what kind of kid wouldn't want a yummy banana cake with buttery frosting on it for their first cake? The first cake can make a great impression, and you want to make sure it doesn't disappoint! The recipe was passed down by her mom, so it's a Halloran family insider.

This was my first time making the cake, and I wish I had tried to make it earlier!  Honestly it's just about the easiest cake to make.  Proof?  I had my seven year old sister, Nora, help me out.  She greased the pan for me and mashed up the bananas :)

 2 cups cake flour, sifted
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sour milk {or see note in "How to"}
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla 
1 cup mashed bananas

How to:
  Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.  Mash cut-up bananas up in a small bowl using a fork to press the chunks against the side.  Cream butter and sugar in a mixer, add the eggs.  Combine the flour, salt and baking soda in a small bowl.  Add the vanilla to the sour milk {Note: if milk is not sour, just add a dash of vinegar to it}.  Alternately add the dry ingredients and milk to the butter, sugar and eggs.  Add the mashed bananas last and mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Top with the white-butter frosting { and a candle? ;) }

Butter Frosting:
6 tablespoons butter
4 1/2 to 4 3/4 cups sifted powder sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla {or almond flavoring!}

How to:
In a small mixer bowl beat butter till light and fluffy.  Gradually add about half of the powdered sugar, beating well.  Beat in the milk and vanilla/almond flavoring.  Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar, then additional milk if necessary. 



  1. great blog! love all the food posts!

  2. how adorable! i love that your mom made the same cake for all of you on your first birthday ;)
    xo TJ

  3. So cute!

  4. its so special to have a tradition like that, that you can pass down through the generations of your family :)
    plus! the cake looks absolutely delicious :D as far as maxi skirts for taller girls, I'm not sure if there are any stores that specify in that! i guess my suggestion would be to see if they have the title 'long maxi skirts/dress'!

    i hope that helps... at least a little! :)
    haha xoxo,
    tiana of l'esthetique

  5. Aw, traditions like this are the best! It's great that it was easy to make, too. My mom makes the BEST peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and the recipe is simple, but no matter what I do I can't get them to turn out just like hers.
    Hope you get to carry on the banana cake tradition with your kids!

    Left brain, right brain, pug brain.

  6. YUM!! This looks and sounds SO AMAZING! I have to make this for my hubs! (I'm sure my future kids will enjoy this as much as you did!)

  7. So in love of this! do you wanna follow each other?:X