Cinnamon Banana Cake

Yesterday was Mr. Idea Room’s birthday! He likes food in general…but he really likes cake.  Especially our Cinnamon Banana Cake.  This recipe has been part of my family’s recipes for as long as I can remember.  We actually call it Sandy’s Cake.  I have no idea why.  I should probably ask because there could be a great family history story behind it.

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Anyways…One of my favorite things about this cake is that it is made with bananas.  And for some reason when I buy bananas…they either are gobbled up quickly before I can use one on my bowl of Cheerios in the morning (grrr…and yes…I LOVE me some Cheerios).  Or, they sit and turn brown forgotten in the fruit basket.

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So, this is one of our favorite go to recipes.  This is also a recipe that we like to make and share with our neighbors and friends.

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Cinnamon Banana Cake

1 cup butter  
1 cup sugar
2 ripe bananas
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 dash salt
3 cups flour
1 pint sour cream (2 cups) or vanilla yogurt

Blend butter, sugar, bananas, eggs and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients. In another bowl make the filling.

Filling:
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tbs. cinnamon
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1 cup chocolate chips (optional…but why wouldn’t you?)

Layer batter and filling twice in a 9X13 dish. Bake 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.

* Sometimes the middle of the cake needs to bake longer.  If so, put foil over the cake after the 45 minutes and bake it for another 5 minutes.  Test with a toothpick in the middle to see if the batter sticks to it, if it comes out clean…the cake is finished.

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Click here for a printable version of our Cinnamon Banana Cake Recipe.