Thursday, May 8, 2014
Banana Sheet Cake
According to Urban Dictionary, it's a slang term for a rich person. Someone who can have their cake and eat it too. Another explanation is that most people only get cake on their birthdays and other special occasions, so people who can have dessert all the time are spoiled. Still pretty mild and fairly safe on Disney's part, but it's more of an insult than I thought when I first saw the movie as a kiddo.
If you're tired of making banana bread out of your brown bananas, here's another option for you. Bonus: it's covered in homemade cream cheese frosting!
BANANA SHEET CAKE w/CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
2 1/4 c. flour
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. mashed, ripe bananas (~3)
3/4 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. shortening
1 tsp. vanilla
For the frosting;
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. butter, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
5 1/2 - 6 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1. Let eggs sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile grease and flour 1 sheet cake (9"x13") pan and set aside.
2. Whisk together dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt). Add in bananas, buttermilk, shortening and vanilla. Beat until combined. Add in eggs one at a time and beat for about 2 minutes.
3. Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake at 350˚ for 30 minutes. Cool completely in the pan placed on a wire rack.
4. Prepare frosting: Beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add in vanilla and salt. Gradually add powdered sugar until the frosting reaches the desired consistency. Frost the cake once it has cooled completely.