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Category: Desserts

Espresso Banana Cake

Most people approach coffee or tea and an accompanying treat in one of a few ways. Either you are (a) the dainty sip-and-nibble sort, (b) the expedient bite-and-gulp variety or (c) an eat-first, wash-it-all-down-later type. Where we converge is in ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes | Serves 12 to 14

Cake

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup shortening, plus more for greasing
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Kahlua
  • 2 cups mashed bananas (3 1/2 to 4 bananas)
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Step 1Cream butter and shortening with sugar on medium speed until fluffy. Add eggs, then vanilla, Kahlua and mashed bananas, scraping down often to blend batter evenly. (If mixture is very curdled in appearance, stir in 1 cup of flour from recipe).

Step 2Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, and fold into batter. Fold in walnuts. Spoon into generously greased 13-by-9-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan. Drizzle with Espresso Cream Cheese Drip Glaze or garnish with powdered sugar.

Espresso cream cheese drip glaze

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, or more if necessary
  • Water
  • About 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

Step 1Cream cream cheese with butter. Stir in instant espresso and powdered sugar, and blend well to make soft glaze. Thin with water, if necessary, to achieve a just-pourable glaze. Drizzle or spread onto cooled cake. Garnish with chopped walnuts.

Each of 14 servings:
540 calories; 286 mg sodium; 98 mg cholesterol; 20 grams fat; 84 grams carbohydrates; 6 grams protein; 0.27 gram fiber.
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