April’s Mom’s Banana Cake

Here’s a recipe that is surely a keeper.  My neighbor April made this once for a football party she invited us to.  I just loved it and asked her for the recipe.  This is her Mom’s Banana Cake recipe – the best I have ever had.  It is so good – especially warm right out of the oven.  Actually, I can’t tell you how it tastes cold, because it’s never lasted that long to try it that way.  You must make this.  You will definitely love it.


You will need:

¼ cup butter

¾ cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup sifted cake flour (see note below)

½ tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt

1 medium banana, mashed

2 TBSP buttermilk (see note below)



3 TBSP butter

½ cup brown sugar

1 TBSP cream (see note below)

1/3 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts)


Preheat oven to 350 F.

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla; beat thoroughly.  Add sifted dry ingredients, mashed banana and buttermilk alternately in thirds, beating until smooth after each addition.

Spread in a greased 8x8x2 inch pan.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

To prepare the topping, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  Add cream and nuts; spread on warm cake. 

Place about 5 inches from broiler and broil, about a minute or until topping is bubbly.

Serve and Enjoy!


Note: If you do not have cake flour, you can substitute by placing 2 TBSP of corn starch in the cup and then filling the cup with all-purpose flour.

If you do not have buttermilk, you can substitute a mixture of milk with a little vinegar or lemon juice added.  When I made this, I used freshly squeezed lemon juice.  I placed the milk in a measuring cup and then squeezed a bit of lemon juice into it and let it set for 2 minutes.

I also did not have cream on hand, so I used milk.  It still turned out really good.

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