Banana Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Mashed banana adds more than just flavor to this cake--it also keeps the layers moist.

Yield:

16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

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Nutritional Information

Calories 307
Caloriesfromfat 24 %
Fat 8.2 g
Satfat 2.5 g
Monofat 2.2 g
Polyfat 3 g
Protein 3.9 g
Carbohydrate 55.6 g
Fiber 0.9 g
Cholesterol 20 mg
Iron 0.9 mg
Sodium 165 mg
Calcium 38 mg

Ingredients

Cake:
Cooking spray
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large egg whites
1 large egg
1 cup mashed ripe banana
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
Frosting:
2/3 cup (about 5 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar
Remaining ingredients:
2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans, toasted
2 tablespoons flaked sweetened coconut, toasted

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare cake, coat 2 (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray; line bottoms with wax paper. Coat wax paper with cooking spray.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Place granulated sugar, oil, 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract, egg whites, and egg in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add mashed banana; beat well. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on wire racks; remove from pans. Peel off wax paper; cool completely on wire racks.

To prepare frosting, place cream cheese and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy. Add powdered sugar; beat at low speed until smooth.

Place 1 cake layer on a plate; spread with 1/2 cup icing, and top with other cake layer. Spread remaining icing over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle pecans and coconut over top of cake. Store cake loosely covered in refrigerator.

Note:

December 2002
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