Banana-Raspberry Cake with Lemon Frosting

  • JenKorb Posted: 12/28/08
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    This is pretty much the best dessert i've ever made. It's really important to mix as they advise - i'm usually one to just throw it all together. And the riper the banana the better! I made it with blackberrries in place of raspberries - also good. I mash them up for the middle layer rather than just laying them on top.

  • 78jessica Posted: 07/19/10
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    I was not a big fan of this thin, dense cake, though mine turned out just like the picture (a little thinner because I only have 9in pans). Banana flavor very faint, the layers didn't stick together well, and just too dense for us. LOVED the frosting! I'll make that again, but not the cake.

  • sccook Posted: 04/05/10
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    This cake was delicious! Some other reviewers found the cake to be too dense. I did not have this problem at all. Be sure and check the expiration date on your baking powder before you use it. The frosting was light and so good. A great spring or summer dessert. I substituted strawberries for raspberries. Don't make this more than a day before you serve it - it doesn't keep well.

  • ShannonP Posted: 03/02/09
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    We really enjoyed the flavors of this cake, but as others have mentioned it's a little dense. I followed the directions to a T and mine didn't rise as much as I would have liked. But again, a great flavor combination.

  • bgeisen Posted: 03/19/09
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    This may be a silly remark, but after making this cake, I wonder if most people think it came out so thin and dense because they used a 9 inch round pan instead of 8. I just made it with the 9, and will try it with the 8 to see if it makes that much of a difference. Regardless, the flavor itself it very yummy. My only advise would be to use REALLY (like black) bananas.

  • rmiller2 Posted: 04/18/10
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    This cake is my favorite cake of all time. It is moist, has a great banana flavor, and stays fresh for a while after it is made as long as it is refrigerated. The raspberries add a delicious touch. The icing is also wonderful, with cream cheese and a dash of lemon juice, I always cut back on the powdered sugar, otherwise it's a bit too sweet. It didn't rise as much as I expected it to but it was probably just a deceiving picture. AMAZING CAKE!!!!!

  • mrsRobles Posted: 06/05/09
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    Very moist and well rounded heavenly flavors. Not too sweet and another way to use up bananas! I used strawberries instead of raspberries and it was delightful!

  • RubyJane Posted: 09/03/09
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    This cake turned out wonderfully. I increased the batch enough to make one more layer so I had a taller cake. This seemed to be perfect. It tasted so fresh-perfect for a summer birthday. Garnish with raspberries and fresh mint for a very pretty result.

  • AMSkall Posted: 04/06/10
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    My mom made this upon my suggestion for easter-it was delicious! The icing is the best part! It actually gets better on the 2nd and 3rd day. I will make this on a special occassion again and highly recommend it. I may request it for my 30th bday this summer!

  • AmyShipsky Posted: 04/09/10
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    There were no raspberries at the store (they were out of season)so I subbed with strawberries.... tasted wonderful

  • lightcooks70 Posted: 11/23/10
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    I made this for my birthday and it was awesome with the flavor combo! Soooo moist and bananayyy! The hint of lemon in the frosting (I added an extra squirt) perfectly complimented the fresh rasberries. There was just enough frosting. I would make a little more next time but it was fine. The cake was dense, however, as would be expected with the bananas. It was not a traditional fluffy cake. I will definately make again!!!

  • steponme Posted: 05/01/11
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    This cake delicious. My cake came out even higher than the cake in the recipe picture. Didn't seem to dense at all. I used strawberries, b/c I don't care for the large seeds in the raspberry; still came out great.

  • kathleenk Posted: 05/01/11
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    Awesome cake. I neglected to put the raspberries in the center, so I added them to the top and sides, which actually made it very pretty. It does not rise as much as a traditional cake, and is denser, however, it is very moist. More batter for a third layer would make it even prettier. Served this to friends for Easter and it was a huge hit.

  • grace33083 Posted: 07/24/11
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    This cake turned out pretty dense. The batter wasn't enough to make a full size two layer cake. I ended up cutting it in half and making half of a two layer cake. If you want a full size cake, I recommend doubling the recipe. Also, placing the raspberries directly between the two layers creates a large gap. I recommend crushing the raspberries a bit. The icing recipe is enough for a thin coating. If you like your coating thick, consider doubling the recipe.

  • CarrieLMB Posted: 04/09/13
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    A delicious hit for Easter. This raspberry filling sounded dry and boring. so I took raspberry filling from another recipe. it came out great; even the kids liked it! And the cake was not too dense or too strongly banana flavored.

  • lacundy Posted: 04/01/13
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    I followed the recipe for just one 9 inch round pan, I had no issues with it being too dense, it was perfect and a big hit at Easter dinner! I did regular cream cheese icing, not lemon, then topped it with raspberries and chocolate chips. Tasty!

  • AnaPatricia83 Posted: 04/24/12
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    I did this for Easter. great cake, but too much trouble doing the layering. I just did one layer. and put more raspberries on the top. Great fresh and simple dessert.

  • TheSchrib Posted: 08/17/14
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    I gave this 4 stars because I changed the original post. I didn't add the lemon zest and I doubled the frosting. The cake was moist and paired wonderfully with the raspberries and cream cheese frosting. Cake layers are thinner than most cakes. Not too sweet at all! love it!

  • jmjones98 Posted: 08/19/14
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    Made this for a summer pig roast I attended this past weekend. It was devoured in about a half an hour, and everyone was talking about it the rest of the evening. It was a huge hit and I got a lot of requests for the recipe.

  • pbland Posted: 04/21/14
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    I made this cake for Easter 2014. It was a huge hit! My cake did not turn out dense or flat as others have commented. It was moist, fluffy, and the icing is the best. I will be making this again! I did smash the raspberries before putting them in between the layers. Fantastic!

  • Chicagokiter76 Posted: 04/21/14
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    My boyfriend and I made this for easter brunch and it was a huge hit! Everyone was quite pleased. I agree with others who recommend doubling the frosting. You may not use all of it, but you'll need more than is called for in the recipe.

  • Nettums Posted: 04/22/14
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    I made this for Easter. Everyone loved it. The flavor combination is very good and it was a very pretty cake. I doubled the frosting and was glad I did. I loved the simplicity of the layer of raspberries in the middle, however, I think it could have benefited with raspberry sauce type filling instead....something that would have helped the moisture level of the dish. I'm not saying the cake was dry, just not super moist. My cakes turned out was a bit dense and a little flatter than I had hoped for but overall satisfying and worth the effort.

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