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Banana Cake w/ Peanut Butter~Cream Cheese Frosting


Banana cake with peanut butter frosting! At karenehman.comSo, when I was a little girl, I remember my mom always baked a cake for us on the first day of school. I have carried this tradition over into our family too. So, since 1996 on Kenna’s first day of homeschool kindergarten and every year since { just one son left in school–a junior at the local high school} I grab the big batter bowl and my hand mixer and whip up a cake from scratch.

This year’s offering? Banana cake with peanut butter~cream cheese frosting.

I posted a pic on Facebook and Instagram last week on the first day of school and had several people ask for the recipe so, here it is. You’re welcome.

Yes, it is fattening, but it is delicious. {Watching what you eat? Try a trick I learned so as not to pig out on this cake or other goodies. Wait until there is just one piece left {or one brownie or cookie} and then have it. If you are craving more–too bad! It’s gone!}

Banana Cake with Peanut Butter~Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 3/4 cups real butter, softened
  • 2  cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups, really ripe bananas, mashed (about 2-3)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup real butter softened
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups or more powdered sugar
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Be careful not to over-mix. It will make the cake tough.

In a large bowl, combine sugar and butter and cream until fluffy. Mix in eggs, one at a time, and vanilla. Stir in buttermilk, bananas, and lemon juice. In a medium bowl, combine remaining dry ingredients, stirring well. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and beat at low speed just until well blended. Bake in two round cake pans that have been greased and floured (or sprayed with Pam for baking. This is not just cooking spray, but cooking spray with flour in it.)

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Cool on wire racks or wax paper.

Bake at 350 degrees for 22-28 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. DO NOT OVER-BAKE.  Cool 15 minutes and remove from pans. Frost with frosting.

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Mix the frosting until smooth and fluffy.

FOR FROSTING: Combine all in a large bowl and beat over low speed until well blended. Add more powdered sugar to get the right consistency.

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My mom always frosted a cake by dipping the knife in hot water between. {I am my mama’s girl}
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Ta-da!!! This one won’t last long.

NOTE: This can also be made in a 9 X 13 inch pan. Bake at 275 degrees (yes–275!) for one hour. For cupcakes, bake at 275 degrees for 35 minutes.


Everday.Confetti.coverEveryday Confetti: Your Year-round Guide to Celebrating Holidays and Special Occasions.

It is full of ideas like baking a from-scratch first day of school cake and dozens of recipes.

From holidays to holy days to even those daily days of life, this book is full of creative ways to make memories with those you love, and also to reach out to those you you might not know so well {or at all}!


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  2. My favorite scratch cake is Jewish apple cake. My mom, who recently passed away, used to make it every fall. It had a wonderful texture, and of course, cinnamon and apples.

  3. Oh, so many favorite cakes from scratch. The top two that my family and I love are Black Forest Cake and Carrot Cake with pineapple and nuts!

  4. My favorite “from scratch” cake that I make is Oatmeal with a brown sugar and coconut frosting. My oldest daughter’s favorite and always her choice for her birthday cake.

  5. So many made-from-scratch to choose from! My favorite is a chocolate brownie cake with peanut butter icing and Mini Reese Peanut Butter cups on top! It is amazing!

  6. I like to make homeade yellow cake layers, frost with seven minute icing and sprinkle the whole cake generously with sweetened flake coconut. My favorite!

  7. I love to make German Chocolate cake from scratch…….it is delicious and my husband’s favorite cake for his Birthday.

  8. My favorite cake from scratch is the recipe I got from my mother-in-law nearly 40 years ago, simply called Sheet Cake. :) It’s a moist chocolate cake, with a cooked chocolate frosting – almost like topping it with the fudge my grandmother used to make.

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