Banana Cake

Back in the days before microwaves and such, Dad took a lunchbox to work every day. I recall him taking a cold sandwich most of the time. Mom frequently baked this cake, and he took a large square with his lunch. Mom rarely frosted it, as the frosting would pull off on the plastic wrap. In those days frosting only went on takes Dad didn’t take to work. So once in a great while she’d make a brown sugar frosting for it. This cake was good with or without (but as a kid I much preferred “with”.

Banana Cake

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed, ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup sour milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda (dissolve in sour milk)
  • 1-3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (use your favorite nuts)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Blend sugar & shortening. Add the following in stages, one at a time: eggs; banana; sour milk; flour; baking powder; salt. Add walnuts & vanilla extract. Grease & flour a 9″ x 13″ pan; pour in cake batter. Bake at 350 F for 30 to 35 minutes.

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