Tuesday 15 June 2010

Banana Cake with Penuche Frosting~My 100th Post!!

This delicious Banana cake is really easy to make cake, and you can frost this cake right in the pan with a creamy brown sugar frosting!

Before going to the recipe, this happens to be my 100th post. It has taken almost two and a half years to reach this milestone. I know it’s been very slow going, but I am really happy I have finally reached my 100th post. I am thankful to all my readers and well wishers who continuously encouraged me to blog regularly and a big thanks to my class mate and best friend Bharathy who inspired me to start blogging. Thank you so much because without the support from all you guys I would have never reached this milestone.

Banana Cake with Penuche Frosting
Recipe source: Better Homes & Gardens “Cooking for Today Cakes” book

2 ½ cups All purpose flour
1 ½ cups granulated Sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3)
2/3 cup butter milk or sour milk*
½ cup shortening
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 eggs
Penuche Frosting (recipe follows)
Chopped Nuts (optional)


  • Grease a 13x9x2 –inch baking pan. Set aside.

  • In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add bananas, buttermilk or sour milk, shortening and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed till combined. Add eggs, beat 2 minutes on medium speed. Pour in to prepared pan.

  • Bake in a 350F (180C) oven about 35 minutes or till a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

  • Frost with Penuche Frosting. Immediately sprinkle with chopped nuts if desired.

  • Makes 12 to 16 servings.

Penuche Frosting:

1/3 cup butter or margarine
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 tbsp milk
2 ½ cups powdered sugar


  • In a medium sauce pan melt 1/3 cup butter or margarine over medium heat.

  • Stir in 2/3 cup packed brown sugar.

  • Cook and stir till bubbly.

  • Remove from heat. Add 3 tbsp milk, beating vigorously till smooth.

  • By hand, beat in enough sifted powdered sugar (about 2 ½ cups) to make frosting of spreading consistency.

  • Frost cake immediately.

*Note: For sour milk, place 2 tsp lemon juice or vinegar in a measuring cup. Add enough whole milk to make 2/3 cup.

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  1. Congrats on ur 100th post Swapna..Gorgeous cake with beautiful frosting, thanks for sharing this penuche frosting..lovely!

  2. Congrats Swapna on your 100 posts. May many many more such posts come with delicious recipes.

    I would love to try this frosting as it is very great looking.

  3. Swapna Chechy, I am so ashamed of myself for making you take a pic of this recipe and e-mail it to me some 2 months ago! And I haven't baked it so far! :-S

    Anyway, your cake looks very soft and yummy! I am sure I'd try this sometime, eppozhanennu ariyilla :)

    Congrats on the 100th post! Way to go!! xx

  4. Lovely cake....congrats on ur 100th post!

  5. Congrats on your 100th post.. the cake looks delicious dear..

  6. Wow looks delicious...that's a lovely frosting

  7. Congratulations Swapna!!! Your cake looks really yummy (& easy too)!!!

  8. Congrats dear...wish to see many more posts here...cake looks delicious....

  9. Congragulations on the century post, you know slow and steady wns the race :-)
    Love the cake an di love that special frosting too.

  10. 100th yum post! May u have many many more centuries here! This recipe rocks..looks too good!

  11. Congrats on your century! wish you many many more!!
    Cake looks fantastic! nice frosting!

  12. Congrats on your 100th post!! Love the frosting.

  13. This cake got raves from my husband and coworkers. It was most, soft and delicious. My mom makes a version of this frosting that I hate. It's too thick, too sweet and hardens like fudge. Your frosting was flavorful, not-too-sweet and stayed soft. Thank you for the recipe!

  14. Thanks everybody for the lovely wishes :)

    Thank you Katie for trying this recipe and leaving a comment :)..

  15. I just Made this recipe and I have to say this is the best banana bread I've ever had thank you so much


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