This cake is incredibly delicious! It has become a favorite among the security officers at work, and is one of the most requested cakes when I bake for people at Christmas. My dad’s “subtle” way of asking for it is to inform me of how many sticks of butter they have when I visit them, or to count the sticks of butter we have when he visits us.
It’s not usually an issue because everyone loves this cake so much, but it doesn’t keep very well. It only lasts for two or three days. I live in the south, with a lot of humidity, so you may be able to store it for a day or two more if you live in a dryer climate. It’s a really moist cake, so it tends to get moldy really fast, especially if you slice it and store it in a plastic container. Like I said, it usually gets eaten long before it has a chance to go bad, but it does limit the ability to make it ahead of time for an event.
Banana Pound Cake:
3 sticks (1.5 cups) butter (Not margarine, real butter!)
Additional butter for greasing the pan
2 cups sugar
Additional sugar for coating the pan
4 large eggs
2 cups mashed very ripe bananas (usually somewhere between 3 and 6 bananas, depending on the size)
1/4 cup & 2 Tbsp buttermilk
1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
½ cup chopped pecans
Generously butter and sugar a bundt pan. You want every little crevice well coated in butter, or the cake isn’t going to come out of the pan nicely.
Beat butter at medium speed w/ electric mixer, or in a standing mixer, 2 minutes, or until creamy.
Gradually add sugar, beating 5 - 7 minutes.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until yellow disappears.
Combine mashed banana, buttermilk and vanilla in a small bowl. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Add alternately to butter mixture; starting with flour mixture, and ending with buttermilk mixture. Mix at low speed after each addition, just until blended.
Stir in pecans.
Spoon batter into buttered and sugared bundt pan. Bake at 325° for 1.5 hours, or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool pan on wire rack for 15 minutes, remove cake from pan, and cool completely on wire wrack.