I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this fantastic Banana Cake with Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting. Did I say, LOVE??? 🙂 The Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting is to die for–I mean it is nothing short of amazing! If you like chocolate and if you like nuts this cake is for you. It’s loaded with two kinds of nuts: pecans and almonds–although the original recipe used black walnuts and almonds. Either way is delicious. The Banana Cake itself is very moist with its buttermilk base and the Chocolate Frosting uses marshmallow creme which just increases the flavor exponentially. All I can say is yum!
Back in the early 1990s when we lived in Worcester, Massachusetts, our next door neighbor took a vacation during the summer and asked us to keep an eye on their house and get the mail. We were glad to do it. After they got back, Gladys brought over this spectacular cake, decorated pretty much as you see mine.
The cake was so fantastic I marched over the next day and asked for the recipe! Gladys was happy to oblige me. I’ve made that recipe many, many times over the years. I’ve used the frosting recipe for cupcakes, cookies and other cakes as well as this one. Even after all these years, this cake is still probably one of my favorite desserts. It is so mouthwatering. I drool over every single bite!
I will say making the frosting is a little tricky and takes a little patience. You start with mixing the dry ingredients and then add only enough milk to make it barely spreadable. Then you add Crisco shortening and marshmallow creme. If you add too much milk to begin with then when you add the shortening and marshmallow creme it will become too thin and will drip all over the cake instead of staying on the cake!
This is the voice of experience talking. 🙁 It’s easier to add a little more milk after you add the shortening and marshmallow creme if it’s still too thick but you can’t take it out, you just have to keep adding and adding and adding powdered sugar to get the right consistency otherwise. So to eliminate that headache follow my suggestions and you should be okay.
If you’re looking for a sensational cake to WOW your company, this elegant recipe will certainly do it. Quite frankly, I make the recipe for ME as much as I’ve ever made it for company because I enjoy it so much. 🙂 While this cake is good with ice cream, I prefer it without so I can savor the chocolate frosting instead. Give this recipe a try sometime, and you will drool with me.
Banana Cake with Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting is one of my favorite cake recipes.
We love the Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting. It’s so good I’ve used it on cookies, cupcakes and other cake recipes.
We love all the nuts in this recipe. They add wonderful taste and crunchiness.
Here’s what the inside of the cake looked like after serving at least 10 slices to company before I could get pictures!
Here’s what I did.
These are the ingredients I used in making the cake.
Mix sugar, Crisco shortening and eggs. Mix with an electric mixer to combine.
Add mashed bananas, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and buttermilk or soured milk. Mix again with an electric mixer to combine.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods. Add nuts. I’ve used walnuts and pecans. The original recipe called for black walnuts.
Grease and flour three layer cake pans. Measure out cake batter evenly among the three pans.
Bake at 350 about 25-35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. I think my cake layers actually took close to 40 minutes before they were done. Cool completely.
While cakes are baking prepare frosting: these are the ingredients I used for the frosting.
Mix powdered sugar, cocoa and salt. Stir to combine.
Add milk a few tablespoonfuls at a time until you get ALMOST the right spreading consistency. The frosting should be pretty stiff and thick when you finish. I ended up using about 18 tablespoonfuls of milk. Use a whisk to work the ingredients together.
Here’s what the frosting looks like so far. You can see it’s still pretty thick.
Now whisk in the Crisco shortening and the marshmallow creme. If you find the icing is still a little too thick go ahead and add another teaspoon or so of milk until the frosting spreads well, but doesn’t ooze. It’s got to have body or it will basically just drip off the cake.
Here I’ve frosted the first layer.
Add the second layer of cake and secure the cake with toothpicks. Push them down into the cake until the tops of the toothpicks don’t stick out above the second layer of cake. (You will do the same thing when you add the third layer). Spread frosting on this layer.
Here, I’ve secured the third layer of cake with toothpicks and frosted the top and sides of the cake.
Sprinkle almonds on top of the cake. To serve: garnish with whole strawberries. Words cannot adequately express just how mouthwatering this fantastic cake is.
Doesn’t Banana Cake with Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting look marvelous?
I ate way too many “slabs” of this sensational cake.
Here’s the recipe.
BANANA CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOW FROSTING
(Recipe adapted from Gladys Urbsis, my next-door-neighbor in Worcester, MA)
- ½ cup Crisco shortening
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups Gold Medal UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
- ¼ tsp. baking powder
- ¾ tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- ¾ cup sour milk (buttermilk)
- 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Grease and flour 3 9”layer pans or 9×13” oblong pan.
- Cream together shortening, sugar, and eggs until fluffy.
- Add bananas, buttermilk, baking soda, baking powder and salt and mix again with an electric mixer.
- Stir in flour and walnuts with a wooden spoon.
- Pour into prepared pans and bake layer pans for 25-30 minutes at 350° or oblong pan 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool completely before spreading with frosting.
- 1 ½ pounds powdered sugar
- ¾ cup cocoa
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 3 tsp. vanilla
- Milk to make a spreading consistency – I used about 18-20 tablespoonfuls (see directions below)
- ¾ cup Crisco shortening
- ¾ cup marshmallow crème
- sliced almonds and strawberries for garnish
- Mix powdered sugar, cocoa and salt.
- Add vanilla and a few tablespoonfuls of milk at a time to get just barely enough for spreading consistency.
- I started with 4 tbsp., then I worked in 4 more tablespoonfuls, then another 4 tbsp. and finally another 4. Then I stopped ! (It will be hard to stir).
- If you add TOO much milk you will thin the frosting too much and have to keep adding more powdered sugar to thicken it up. You will hardly be able to stir this but use enough milk to moisten the dry ingredients.
- Then add shortening and marshmallow crème.
- This will make the frosting of proper spreading consistency.
- This is enough frosting for a generous amount of frosting on each layer, sides and top.
- After frosting cake, sprinkle top of cake with sliced almonds and place whole strawberries on top.
Are you salivating yet? I’m starting to feel like Pavlov’s dogs!
Banana Cake with Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting is a great dessert for company, special occasions, and holidays. If you love chocolate and enjoy nuts, this cake is for you!
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