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Banana-Black Walnut Cake Recipe

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This recipe for Banana-Black Walnut Cake, by , is from The English Family Recipe Treasury, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.


Added: Monday, November 26, 2007


2 c all purpose flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 c solid vegetable shortening
1 1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
2 ripe bannas mashed
1/4 c buttermilk
1 t vanilla extract
1 c chopped black walnuts
1/2 c (1 stick butter) softened
1 c packed dark brown sugar
1/3 c heavy cream plus more if necessary
1 T vanilla extract
1 (16 oz) box confectioners sugar
1/4 c finely chopped black walnuts for garnish

Pre heat oven to 350. Grease and flour 2 (9in) cake pans. Stir together flour and baking soda, set aside. In a mixer cream shortening and sugar til light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time mixing well. Mix in mashed bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Add flour mixture and mix til just combined. Stir in walnuts. Pour into cake pans and bake til toothpick comes out clean about 35 minutes. Cool on racks for 10 minutes and remove from pans and cool completely.
For frosting: Melt butter in small sauce pan. Add brown sugar and 1/3 c cream. Cook over med-low heat til the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Put in a large bowl and beat in confectioners sugar a little at a time til smooth. If frosting is too thick add a little cream a T at a time to achieve desired consistency. Frost between layers and then frost the outside of cake. Press black walnuts into frosting if desired. Note: do not substitute English walnuts for black walnuts.




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