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You just might go bananas for the peanut butter icing

Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Icing

Making cakes and cheesecakes is one of the greatest joys of cooking. Most people like eating them, too; even though they say “Oh, I really shouldn’t.” Cakes can be garnished to the nines or served out of the pan it was baked in –  either way, it will disappear.

Last week I made an old favourite of mine: Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Icing. This recipe makes a nice, thick 13” x 9” cake or you could put it into 3-9” layer cake pans. If you want a smaller cake, do half the recipe and put it into a 9” x 9” square pan.

I used to faithfully grease my cake pans until someone told me you should not grease the sides of the pan so the cake rises higher so that’s what I do now but I can’t say I’ve noticed a difference in my cakes.

If you want to remove the cake from the pan when it is baked to put it on a serving plate, be sure to line the pan with parchment paper.

This peanut butter icing is so good you will be tempted to eat it with a spoon. Be sure to beat it for a very long time so it is light and fluffy and it will increase in volume.  And next time you make a chocolate cake, try this icing on it!


Banana Cake with Peanut Butter Icing

1 cup shortening

3 cups white sugar

4 eggs

2 cups mashed bananas

1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk

1 Tbsp. vanilla

4 cups sifted all purpose flour

3/4 tsp. baking powder

1-1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt


Cream shortening, sugar and eggs until very light.

Add remaining ingredients and mix on low speed just until all is blended.

Pour batter into 13” x 9” pan and smooth it with a spoon.

Bake at 350º for 50-60 minutes or until center of cake is baked. Cool.


Peanut Butter Icing:

1 cup butter, softened

4 cups icing sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2/3 cup peanut butter

Small amount of milk or cream


Whip butter until light.

Add icing sugar, vanilla and peanut butter.

Start mixer slowly and add a tablespoon or two of milk or cream.

Beat a few minutes, adding more milk or cream as needed to make a fluffy icing.

Ice cake. Freezes well.

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