Monday, January 24, 2011

Coconut Banana Cake

There was a dinner party hosted by one of my partner's friends a few days ago and I thought this cake would be the perfect thing to bring. Its a little time consuming to make but well worth the effort. Everyone at the party seemed to enjoy the cake, I only had a few slices left to bring home. :)

Coconut Banana Cake
3/4 cups Butter
1 1/2 cups Sugar
2 Eggs
1 cup Mashed Bananas (about 2 bananas)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Buttermilk
2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Walnuts
3/4 cup Coconut
Cream butter and sugar for two minutes until fluffy and less grainy in texture. Add in eggs and beat for another 2 minutes until mixture stiffens.

Whipped butter, eggs, and sugar

Add in bananas and vanilla and beat for another two minutes.

Batter after the bananas are in

Set aside. Combine dry ingredients below into another bowl. Mix dry ingredients alternately (one after the other) with buttermilk into the creamed mixture until well mixed. Then add in walnuts and coconut and mix in. Pour cake batter into a greased and floured 13x9 inch pan.

Cake batter

Bake in a preheated oven at 370 for about 30 minutes (check at 25 minutes to make sure you don't over bake). Cool cake then frost and serve.

Coconut Buttercream Frosting
1/2 cup Butter softened
3 cups Confectioners' Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup Cream of Coconut (sweetened)
1/2 cup or more Flaked Coconut (sweetened)
Cream together butter and sugar then add in the vanilla and cream of coconut and beat for about 2-3 minutes until mixture becomes smoother and airy. Spread over cooled cake and sprinkle with flaked coconut.

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