This sensational three-layer cake featurestop and bottom banana cake layers, topped with a luscious buttercreamfrosting and sliced bananas and a center chocolate cake layertopped with the frosting and sliced strawberries, and last…butnot least, frosted top and sides with the frosting and a garnishof crushed pineapple.
Recipe: Triple-Layered BananaCake
1 cup butter or margarine, softened 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar 3 large eggs 1 teaspoon black walnut flavoring (or vanilla extract) 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups buttermilk 2 tablespoons cocoa 2 tablespoons vanilla extract 1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 small) Buttercream Frosting:1 cup butter or margarine, softened 2 (16-ounce) packages powdered sugar 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 small bananas, sliced 8 strawberries, sliced Garnish: drained crushed pineapple (optional)
Beat butter at medium speed with an electricmixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs,1 at a time, beating until blended. Stir in flavoring.
Combine flour, soda, and salt; graduallyadd to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginningand ending with flour mixture. Beat until blended. Remove 2 1/2cups batter.
Stir together 2 1/2 cups batter, cocoa,and vanilla; pour into 1 greased and floured 9-inch round cakepan.
Stir 1 cup banana into remaining batter;pour evenly into 2 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.
Bake layers at 350°F (175°C) for20 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comesout clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove frompans, and wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze 1 hour.
For Buttercream Frosting: Beat butterat medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; graduallyadd 2 cups powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended.Add milk and vanilla, beating until blended. Gradually add remainingpowdered sugar, beating until smooth. Makes5 cups frosting.
To Assemble: Spread 1 banana layer withButtercream Frosting; arrange banana slices on top. Top withchocolate layer, and spread with frosting; top with strawberries.Top with remaining banana layer; spread top and sides with frosting.Garnish with crushed pineapple, if desired.
Makes 1 (3-layer) cake.
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