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
until smooth.
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!

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Meet Amanda Rettke

Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. You are amazing! It is just beautiful! You inspire me to get into my kitchen to bake, bake, bake and decorate. Thank you! 🙂

  2. I love the simplicity in the details and of course the cake looks delicious! Way to go Amanda, it’s beautiful!

  3. Hi Amanda – just found your blog for the first time via Amy Atlas’ blog. Like everyone else, I just LOVE this setup! From the simple layout to the Black-Eyed Susans to the cake to the wonderful photos, everything is just beautiful. Great friends of mine had a banana cake with cream cheese frosting as their wedding cake, and it was delicious – your cake sounds and looks just like theirs. Really great job on this bridal shower! Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to poking around your blog a little more. 🙂 xo

  4. I think this party was amazingly beautiful. I shared this with a wonderful lady whose front yard is covered with these flowers. Very lovely. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This cake is absolutely beautiful. Just wondering do you put it in the freezer in the cake pans or do you remove them first and then put them in the freezer? Thanks!

  6. Hi. super look to a beautiful cake! was wondering if the baking temp was correct at 275 degrees F. Or should it be higher?
    Banana cake is a favorite of my husband!
    thanks for the recipe!

  7. I was so inspired by your beautiful post that I made this cake yesterday. To keep it simple I just made it in a 9×13 pan as the original recipe suggested. It did take nearly 1 1/2 to bake at 275 degrees. It was a very full pan! I cut it in half, iced it and took some to my neighbors and they were just thrilled. My husband was quite pleased as well. Thanks for your lovely blog(s)!

  8. Lovely presentation! Question…in your post you said you added a lot more baking powder, but the recipe says just 1/4 tsp…wondering if its more baking powder and less soda? Just double checking before I try this:) Thanks so much for all the inspiration.

  9. So they arent poisonous? I want to put the on a cake for tonight and cant seem to determine if that will kill all our guests or not.

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