Friday, August 3, 2012

Friday Favorites!

Well, since Linda Kage asked for more food favorites. She's getting it. LOL

One of my hubby's office assistants made this out-of-this-world banana/pineapple cake a few weeks ago and it was so good, I vowed to get the recipe and make it at least once a week. :-)

Well, I didn't ask for the recipe. BUT...I found it online.
(Thank you, Google!)

I made it on Monday since my father-in-law was coming over for dinner and it was every bit as good as I remembered it being. It has a nice dense banana bread kind of texture and the cream cheese frosting is so good. (Keep in mind cream cheese frosting is not my go-to frosting but I do enjoy it on fruity cakes and carrot cake)

So here it is, Friday Favorite # 16

Banana Pineapple Cake


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped bananas (from about 3 bananas)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans  (I omitted because of family allergy)
  • 1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple with juice
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans (I omitted because of family allergy)


For cake:
  • 1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour two 9-inch round cake pans with 2-inch-high sides. Whisk first 5 ingredients in large bowl to blend. Whisk in oil, eggs and vanilla. Stir in bananas, pecans and pineapple. Divide batter equally between prepared pans. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
  • 2 Cool cakes in pans on racks 10 minutes. Run knife around cake sides and turn out onto rack to cool completely.
For frosting:
  • 1 Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl to blend. Beat in sugar and vanilla.
  • 2 Place 1 cake layer on plate. Spread 1 1/2 cups frosting over. Top with second cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle toasted pecans in border around top edge of cake.
  • 3 (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill. Let stand at room temperature before serving.)

For me, dessert isn't dessert if it isn't chocolate, but I would pick this cake any day! It's definitely a favorite in our house!


    How about you? Do you like cream cheese frosting or am I the only one who is kind of particular about that?


KatieO said...

Sounds awesome! Am printing this out now ;-)
My daughter loves to bake with me, and we're in charge of dessert for Sunday dinner at my folks - thanks!

Maria Zannini said...

OMGosh, definitely a winner. Love cream cheese frosting!

Linda G. said...

Yum! Sounds fantastic!

I do like cream cheese frosting. What's not to like? *grin*

KarenG said...

cream cheese frosting is my favorite, and you're right, it does go best with fruity type cakes. This one looks very good. See all that butter and sugar!

Old Kitty said...

I totally love cream cheese frosting on courgette cake!!! Yum!!

This cake sounds incredible! Yay! Take care

Carol Kilgore said...

This sounds yummy. Live-In Handyman would love it! I don't share his sweet tooth, so I'd prefer the banana, a handful of pecans, and cream cheese on a bagel :)

Happy Weekend!

Nancy said...

I love cream cheese frosting and that cake looks delicious.

Stacy Henrie said...

I'm with you, Jennifer, about the whole "if doesn't have chocolate, it's not dessert" thing! But if you feel that way too and like this yummy-sounding cake, it might be worth a try. :)

Southpaw said...

Mmmmm, sounds delicious. I like this kind of dessert in the humid summer.

Please keep up informed if you keep to you word and make it every week! LOL

Connie Keller said...

The cake sounds great.

BTW, I thought dessert and chocolate were synonyms. Am I wrong? :)

Kristin Rae said...

ohhhhhhhh man that looks good! But I'm starting a workout challenge on Monday so I can't think about things like this until November! :(

I LURVE cream cheese frosting!

Cate Masters said...

Mm, that does sound good. I love cream cheese frosting, too - it's not as sweet as the others.

Karen Lange said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe! It sounds good. I am partial to cream cheese icing for carrot cake. Actually, I could tolerate it on most any cake. :)

Have a good weekend!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. Looks delicious. Cream cheese frosting is yummy! : )

Shelley Munro said...

Yum! This looks delicious. I'm a fan of cream cheese icing.

Linda Kage said...

Ooh, thank you! Food! You had me at the cream cheese frosting!!!

Jennifer Shirk said...

You're welcome, Linda! LOL

Kelly Polark said...

That looks delicious! I make banana bread quite a bit. This will be a great way to mix it up~!

Vanessa said...

The cake looks awesome! I found so many good cake and cookie recipes lately that this is the only thing I'm going to eat for the next couple of weeks :)

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I'm crazy about cream cheese frosting!!!!!! Love, love, love it!