There are desserts I really miss. Leading a busy life it is hard to find time to bake. Not made cake in many months but my taste buds were craving old school banana cake. Of course it has to be gluten free for me. yet it has to taste yummy for all of us. My grandson helped dump in ingredients and he smashed the bananas up with a fork the first time I made this recipe; I used dead ripe bananas I had frozen a month ago and really wanted to put them to good use. Gotta say, this was a wonderful choice! I let them thaw partially before Aiden went to town with his fork. This recipe is simple and I subbed in my favorite all purpose gf flour from King Arthur and it worked great. My family loved the results!
I made the cream cheese icing in the original busy bee recipe, but I doubled the vanilla (the amount below is the doubled amount) as I like it with more of that delicious stuff! It was a big hit and really finishes off the flavor of the cake. This is made in a nine inch square cake pan. I did put my cake strips around it as it was browning unevenly. They helped to even the baking out.The bake temp is 350 degrees for 35 minutes. If you have no eggs you could do the flax eggs (2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed and 5 Tbsp. water; mix and let sit 5 minutes) or do 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce. In these pricy egg days these two alternatives become very attractive!
Making this cake early tomorrow morning so we can enjoy this classic cake later after work is done.
2 cups GF flour (I used KA Basic GF flour)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp sea salt
3/4 tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar packed
2 lg eggs
3 ripe bananas
1/2 tsp. vanilla
8 ounces cream cheese at room temp (I used light cream cheese; really like it best for icings.)
1/4 cup butter softened to room temp
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
See recipe at theprettybee.com for directions. If you love banana cake and have to be gf; this recipe is simple and delish! Enjoy.
Original post Feb 2019 updated with minor changes and clearer information.