Black Eyed Susan Bridal Shower

filed under: Miscellaneous on July 10, 2010

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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  • Amanda Rettke says:

    Hi Ellen! Great catch. I baked it in four 8in pans for about 40 minutes. I dont seem to follow directions very well do I!?!?!!

  • Panur says:

    Hey there lady! Panur here again, Just dropping by to say that once again I’m amazed at what you did, it looks so sweet and elegant at the same time, I love how the bright yellow flowers look with the cake, and man, I wish I could have tasted it!

  • susan says:

    So simple and chic. And how could I not love a shower with my very own name in it??? Hee hee. I want to try some of that yummy cake!

  • melanie says:

    Love simple!! In addition to the cake and cookies I LOVE, LOVE the vintage distressed table and the cute packaging on the sandwiches….perfection!! And what could be better than FREE flowers;)

  • Kathia Castro says:

    I love everything, very clean, simple and elegant at the same time. The cake looks delicious.

  • Laura Wackerly says:

    Oh my. This is so beautiful. I would’ve gone waaaay overboard, but you executed this perfectly. Your previous commenter is right; it looks like it’s out of the pages of a magazine!

  • Amy's blah, blah, blog says:

    Love the simplicity of it. As women we often like to make a big pink flowery bubbly over the top mess of showers…but that was so lovely. Just perfect and old fashioned!

  • Elizabeth says:

    BEAUTIFUL!! I love the simplicity and the colors! I’m sure the bride loved it too.

  • Grapefruit says:

    Oh, ‘simply’ lovely . .

  • Amanda Sikes says:

    This is beautiful!! I love wild flowers and the outdoors and using them to throw a bridal shower is a great idea. And it doesn’t hurt that I LOVE LOVE LOVE banana bread and I must buy some bananas and try banana cake!sounds like a great summertime dessert!

  • Jane M says:

    Wow this is just so summery and pretty! Love it!

  • Kristin Morris says:

    That cake looks simply delicious! I would love to try this cake, but of course not around my son, who is really allergic to bananas! 🙂 I love how, in the 8th photo, there is a cute little bee buzzing around your vase! 🙂 Great set-up, I have a hard time ‘keeping it simple’ as well, especially with white and flowers!
    Fantastic. ::Kristin::

  • Renee says:

    So sweet, so simple, so lovely!

  • grace says:

    keep it simple indeed–this is something i might be able to replicate! the arrangement is gorgeous and the cake looks delicious. 🙂

  • Chef Dennis says:

    that cake looks outrageously good…..four perfect layers, and you can see its so moist, the crumb just gorgeous!!! wow!!

  • bridget {bake at 350} says:

    I love Black-Eyed Susans and I love your beautiful table setting, cookies and cake! You knocked it out of the park AGAIN! Beautiful, Amanda!

  • Rebecca Lira says:

    Do u think, if I use regular all purpose flour, it would still work out???? I do not have cake flour…thank-u….Rebecca 🙂

  • Amy says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction says:

    Everything looks so beautiful, and your photos are absolutely stunning!

  • Jackiefo says:

    This is gorgeous! I love the simplicity and the cake looks amazing. I would like a piece. Or 10.

  • Paula says:

    Aww, this is so pretty and they’re getting married on my birthday!!! What a great idea with the little cake for her to take home, I would definitely appreciate that if I was the bride!

  • Charlene says:

    One word – Beautiful. Just beautiful!

  • Hannah says:

    That is one of my all time favorite cakes!! I make it all the time, at least I believe it’s the same one…I printed it out and have it in my book. I totally do the freezer part too.
    LOVE, LOVE the setting. You always do the BEST job at making something delicious look even MORE delicious!

  • Biryani Recipes says:

    I loce Cake. The combination of Cake and Flower looks wonderful. I like your thought.This is amazing and beautiful blog post.

  • Brittanie says:

    Just saw this featured on Amy Atlas’ site. You’re extra extra famous-I love it!

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