GRANDMA’S BANANA CAKE

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
2 egg yolks
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
3 crushed bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 egg whites, beaten

Directions

Combine the sugar and butter and beat on low speed until completely combined

Add the egg yolks and beat on high speed until the mixture is smooth and fluffy.

In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients — flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt — and whisk thoroughly. You’ll want the baking soda to be well distributed throughout the flour before adding to the wet ingredients.

Alternate adding dry and wet ingredients (milk), beating each time until it is just incorporated. Start and end with dry.

When you’re done, you should have a nice, soft, fluffy batter.

Now mash the bananas and add them to the batter.

Add the vanilla and beat until combined

Whip the egg whites until they form stiff peaks, but not so much you dry them out.

Carefully fold the egg whites into the batter, trying not to deflate them too much.

Pour the batter into three greased and floured round pans.

Bake at 350 for 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry.

Cool the cakes, then remove them from the pans.

Frost with cream cheese frosting or brown sugar buttercream frosting.

BROWN SUGAR BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:

1 cup milk

5 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1½ cup brown sugar

1 cup butter (2 sticks)

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 teaspoon salt (if you use unsalted butter)

Stir the milk and flour together and mix over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until it thickens.

Set the milk aside to cool, and combine the sugar, butter and vanilla in a mixer. Beat on medium speed for 5-10 minutes — colder butter will take longer — until the sugar is dissolved and you don’t taste the graininess of it any more.

Add the milk mixture to the butter mixture and stir until smooth.

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