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White Chocolate Banana Cake

When I mentioned the recipe contest to my husband, he immediately suggested I enter this extra special cake. Packed with ripe bananas and white chocolate in the batter, it tastes wonderful even without the frosting.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 ounces white baking chocolate, melted and cooled
  • CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating will after each addition. Beat in bananas and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Fold in chocolate.
  • Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing cake from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle with pecans. Store in refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 581 calories, 24g fat (11g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 294mg sodium, 88g carbohydrate (66g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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