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Banana Cake with Chocolate Frosting – Have a great weekend everyone.. and enjoy all the chocolate

Ingredients

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (2 to 3 large)
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup chopped unsalted pistachios (I omitted these)Cream Cheese Frosting (this makes quite a bit of frosting)
2 containers (8 oz. each) whipped cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup baking cocoa
4 1/2 cups confectioners sugar (I used a little less)
2 tsp. vanilla extractIn a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Preparation

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in bananas and vanilla.  Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt;  add to the creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk, beating well after each addition.  Fold in 3/4 cup pistachios (if using).

Transfer to two greased and floured 8-in. round baking pans. (I used 9-inch).  Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth.  Add cocoa; mix until blended.  Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; beat until creamy.

Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread top with 1 cup frosting.  Top with remaining cake.  Spread top and sides with 2 cups frosting.  Press pistachios into sides of cake if desired.  Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until frosting is set.

By @Mocha_Me.
Thanks for inspiring us!
You can see the recipe here: debbiesmochame.blogspot.com

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