Nana’s Banana Cake

On Saturday, I had the pleasure of participating in the Blogger Bake Sale to benefit Share Our Strength (which raised over $800!  See Stef’s recap here).  I want to make something that was a classic, tried and true and always a crowd pleaser.  One thing immediately came to mind: my Nana’s Banana Cake. 

My grandma, Nana, would make this cake every year for my dad’s birthday.  I remember loving it more than the chocolate cake I always asked for on my own birthday.  It’s absolutely necessary to have a slice of this cake with a tall glass of cold milk.  It’s also appropriate for breakfast, and completely appropraite to eat the last slice, even if it is your dad’s birthday.

Nana’s Banana Cake (from Better Home and Gardens) 

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup mashed ripe bananas (3 medium, very ripe)

3/4 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup shortening

1 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter 2 round, 9 inch cake pans.

2. Using a stand mixer, place flour, sugar, baking powder, baing soda and salt in the bowl and stir.

3. Add bananas, buttermilk, shortening and vanillla.  Beat on low until combined.

4. Add eggs and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.

5. Pour batter into pans and bake for 25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool on wire racks and frost with your favorite buttercream recipe. 

To sell it at the bake sale, I found a red cake box from World Market.  I also made a label for whoever was lucky enough to purchase this cake.

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  1. Brandon "Banana" Nava says:

    Dear “Food Snob,” I appreciate all of your post before this one. But for me and my house…. Nana’s Banana Cake has to be the best! Keep up the good work!!

  2. This cake looked amazing – I’m jealous of whoever got it! It was great meeting you in person, can’t wait for the next blogger get together:)

  3. BigFatBaker says:

    YUM I love banana cake. This definitely beats chocolate for a birthday. I love that it is breakfast appropriate too :)

  4. Joy says:

    The cake looks wonderful.

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