• Happy New Year Cake!

    Photo: Randy Graham, Valley Vegetarian

    My version of a low calorie cake…leave the frosting off the sides!

    So what do you do when you have very ripe bananas that you won’t eat but don’t want to throw away?

    If you were thinking I’ll make banana bread but I’m getting tired of that – think about making a dense, moist, small, single-sheet banana cake (leave the butter cream frosting off if your New Year’s resolution is to cut down on calories)!

    Cake Ingredients:
    2/3 cup sugar
    ½ cup sour cream
    1 egg
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter (softened)
    2 very ripe bananas
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 cup flour
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    ½ teaspoon baking soda

    Frosting Ingredients:
    8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
    8 ounces powdered sugar
    ½ cup butter
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    ¼ teaspoon lemon extract

    Cake Directions:
    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

    Cream together sugar, sour cream, egg, and butter. Add mashed bananas and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Add flour, salt, and baking soda and mix well.

    Pour into greased 8×8-inch pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely before adding frosting.

    Frosting Directions:
    Blend cream cheese with butter until smooth. While stirring, gradually add powdered sugar. Add vanilla. Beat mixture until creamy smooth. If not creamy enough to spread, a little water may be added, a half-teaspoon at a time, until just right.



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