I have a cookbook called The Great American Bakesale that I have used often with great success. The recipes in it are very easy and every one I have tried has been a winner.
I finally made the banana cake from this book and it is fabulous. The cake is really moist and its rich banana flavor is complemented perfectly by the praline frosting.
DH told me "this is better than banana bread" which is a real compliment coming from him. He loves banana bread and would usually prefer having it over a sweet or decadent dessert. But this cake won him over.
It is really easy to make. It can be doubled and baked in a 15x10 jelly roll pan. If you don't have the rum, I think you could leave it out and add some vanilla or rum extract. I couldn't taste the rum in the final product anyway.
* Exported from MasterCook *
Louisiana Banana Cake with Pecan Praline Topping
Recipe By :Alison Boteler
Serving Size : 9 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Desserts
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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3/4 c dark brown sugar
1/3 c butter -- softened
3 bananas -- ripe
1/4 c buttermilk
2 tbsps rum
1 1/4 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 c chopped pecans -- toasted
Pecan Praline Topping
1/4 c butter
1/2 c dark brown sugar
5 tbsps milk
2 c powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c pecan halves -- toasted and coarsely broken
preheat oven to 350. grease and flour a 9 inch square pan.
cream sugar, butter, and bananas until smooth and creamy. beat in buttermilk, rum, and egg. blend in all remaining cake ingredients.
pour into pan. bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. cool completely, then spread with topping.
for topping: bring butter and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. cook over medium heat, stirring, 1 minute or until slightly thickened. let cool 10 minutes. beat in milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla. stir in nuts.
"The Great American Bake Sale"
Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 486 Calories; 17g Fat (31.1% calories from fat); 4g Protein; 81g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 54mg Cholesterol; 276mg Sodium. Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 Fruit; 0 Non-Fat Milk; 3 Fat; 4 Other Carbohydrates.