03 Aug BEST Banana Nut Cake with Banana Glaze
Homemade Banana Cake with Irresistible Banana Glaze
It’s that time of the year again – a special occasion to celebrate the birthday of my beloved husband. Among all the birthday wishes and gifts, one thing he eagerly looks forward to is this heavenly Banana Cake. Passed down through generations in Matt’s family, this time-honored recipe holds a special place in our hearts, and it has become one of his absolute favorites. Allow me to take you on a journey as we recreate this cherished dessert that brims with the nostalgia of family traditions and the sweetness of love.
Crafting the Base
To begin our baking adventure, we gather the essential ingredients. The heart of this recipe lies in the use of Crisco, a versatile cooking fat that comes in a rectangular container. Opting for the convenient sticks makes the measurement process a breeze, as the markings are right on the side. With ¾ cup of Crisco, we set the foundation for a moist and flavorful cake. Next, we add 1½ cups of sugar, two eggs, and let our trusty stand mixer work its magic by creaming these ingredients into a harmonious blend.
A Symphony of Flavors
The symphony of flavors continues with the gradual addition of 1½ cups of flour, cascading into the mixture while the sugar, Crisco, and egg dance in the mixer. The next step involves two key players – 1 teaspoon each of baking soda, salt, and vanilla extract, infusing the cake with the perfect balance of sweetness and depth.
Bananas – The Crown Jewel of the Banana Cake
Enter the crowned jewel – the bananas! Not one to let perfectly ripe bananas go to waste, I’ve cleverly frozen and thawed them, turning them into a delightful puree. The delightful mush of two bananas now joins the mixture, carefully mixed in to ensure a lusciously moist texture throughout the cake. Scraping the sides of the bowl, ensure that every morsel of banana goodness is fully incorporated.
The Buttermilk Magic: A Clever Substitute
Traditionally, this recipe calls for buttermilk, but our well-stocked pantry sometimes surprises us with unexpected shortages. However, fear not, as we unveil a clever kitchen trick. Did you know that a simple combination of milk and a dash of white vinegar creates a wonderful buttermilk substitute? Though it requires a brief wait for the magical transformation to occur, the end result is worth the patience. With ¼ cup of milk and a tiny cap-full of white vinegar, we create our very own buttermilk substitute, adding it gracefully to the batter.
Pecans in Perfect Harmony
As we take this cake to new heights, I like to enrich it with a touch of nuttiness. While the choice of nuts is yours to make, we love to add pecans. A cup of chopped pecans gracefully joins the party, infusing every bite with a nutty crunch.
A Warm Embrace: Baking to Golden Perfection
To embrace this creation, prepare a large rectangular glass baking dish with a gentle coat of leftover Crisco, ensuring the cake releases with ease. Once the batter is evenly spread, lovingly place it into the preheated oven, set at 350 degrees, and let it bake to golden perfection for approximately 30-40 minutes (may be longer depending on your oven). The enticing aroma that fills the air whispers promises of an unforgettable treat to come.
Crafting the Banana Glaze
As our cake bakes, seize the opportune moment to craft the Banana Glaze. This delightful concoction features chunks of banana, paired with a touch of sweetness. In the same cup that we previously mixed the bananas, introduce yet another banana, stirring and mashing it to perfection. A tablespoon of melted butter adds a creamy richness, while a cup of powdered sugar imparts the desired sweetness to this delectable glaze.
A Cake Worth Celebrating
As the cake emerges from the oven, allow it to cool slightly, just enough to prepare for the grand finale. The Banana Glaze is carefully spread over the warm cake, enveloping it in a heavenly embrace. Each spoonful promises a symphony of flavors, weaving together the beloved taste of bananas with the warmth of nostalgia.
As we gather around the table to celebrate this special occasion of Matt’s birthday, the Banana Cake stands a timeless treasure reflecting the bonds of family and the joy of shared traditions. Its crumbliness, nutty allure, and creamy banana glaze create a symphony of flavors that will dance upon your taste buds, evoking cherished memories with every bite. The magic of this homemade delight resonates not only in its deliciousness but in the love and care that goes into every step of its creation. So, the next time you seek a dessert that speaks of love and celebration, allow this Banana Cake with its irresistible Banana Glaze to take center stage and enchant all who are fortunate enough to savor its charm.