I had so much fun putting this afternoon bridal shower together.
I had very specific instructions.
Lots of flowers, lots of dessert, and no frills!
Keep it SIMPLE!
This cake was amazing.
Its banana cake (very, very similar to banana bread, only sweeter!) and old fashioned cream cheese frosting.
I made a small chocolate cake with the same frosting for the bride-to-be. (just a special little gift to take home!)
So relaxing and fun!
I kept reminding myself to keep it simple.
I wanted to add little flowers everywhere and cover the table in personalized detail… but I am glad I tried something different.
I adapted this recipe a bit. I highly recommend checking out the comments on that site (recipezaar). They give extra instructions and remind you to follow the recipe exactly!
(Which I did not do. Bad baker! I added a lot more sugar and baking powder. Shocking. I know.)
- 1 1/2cups bananas, mashed, ripe
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 3 cups cake flour
- 1 1/2teaspoons baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 2 1/2 cups sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 1/2cups buttermilk
- 1/2cup butter, softened
- 1 (8ounce) package cream cheese,
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 1/2 cups powder sugar (I used regular granulated sugar… so it was a very heavy texture)
Preheat oven to 275°.
Grease and flour a 9 x
13 pan. (or whatever pan size you choose)
In a small bowl, mix
mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix
flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl, cream
3/4 cup butter and 2 1/2 cups sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs, one at a
time, then stir in 2 tsp vanilla.
Beat in the flour
mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
Stir in banana
Pour batter into
prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until toothpick
inserted in center comes out clean.
10.Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer
for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.
11.For the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese
12.Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla.
13.Add icing sugar and beat on low speed until
combined, then on high speed until frosting is smooth.
14.Spread on cooled cake.
It was truly a beautiful day.
I just thought I would share, wild Black Eyed Susans are all over in the fields behind our home, so I picked all of these for free!
This whole cost just over $20!
How did I do it? I used vases and mason jars I already had, a table I already had — and baked cakes and cookies from scratch. I purchased three yards of white fabric for less than $6 and used white popcorn containers as sandwich holders. The most expensive thing on my menu — the gourmet salt and pepper chips!