Easy Banana Cake

It is fitting that my first post for my Lovin’ Leftovers page is all about banana cake!  It seems like everybody always has bananas that don’t get eaten before they start turning black!  This is the easiest recipe ever because you start with a yellow cake mix.  In fact, I keep yellow cake mixes in the pantry for all kinds of cakes.

Easy Banana Cake

1 yellow cake mix
All the ingredients required to make the cake
1 teaspoon of baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
3 mashed ripe bananas
¼ cup of your favorite nuts
1 teaspoon almond extract

Prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the package.  Add all the other ingredients and blend well.  Bake the cakes in two round 9 inch pans (prepared with spray) at 350 degrees for about an hour.  Let the cakes cool a bit, turn them out of the pans to cool completely before frosting.

We love hazelnut chocolate spread!  This frosting is delicious.  Whip together 1 cup of soft butter, ¾ cup of hazelnut spread, a teaspoon of almond extract.  Slowly add 4 cups of powdered sugar and 1/3 cup of milk … continue whipping until you have the spreading consistency you want.   This is a lot of frosting and will generously frost a cake.  I usually  cut it in half, when I just want to frost between two layers and on the top.

A few tips you might like ...

You can freeze bananas ... just stick them right in the freezer, whole with their peel.  Their peels will turn black, but the banana will be just like it was when you put it in the freezer.  Let them thaw on the counter.

You can bake this cake, then freeze the layers for another time.  Let them thaw on the counter and frost it when you are ready for it.

Banana cake actually gets better after it sits for a day!  The longer it sits, the better it is!

Lots of folks prefer cream cheese frosting on banana cake, and it is delicious.  Think about all the combinations you like with bananas, though.  Strawberry frosting?  Butter cream frosting?  Caramel frosting?  All those would be scrumptious.

This is the first post for my leftovers page.  In the future, each post will be added to that page, so my followers can peruse the various recipes!  Enjoy!

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