Sunday, March 24, 2013

Spiced Banana Cake

Spiced Banana Cake

Spiced Banana Cake with Cinnamon and Walnut Topping

A nice change from banana bread, this spiced banana cake is light and delicious. The walnut topping and glaze add a touch of elegance.

1/3 cup butter, softened
1 -1/3 cups sugar
2 eggs
¼ cup water

2 large bananas, mashed

1- 2/3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
¼ tsp. ground cloves

1 Tb. cinnamon sugar
½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts

1/2 cup confectionery sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1-2 Tb. milk (more if necessary)

Beat together first four ingredients until mixture is nicely blended. Stir in the bananas. Combine the next 6 ingredients. Stir gently into batter. Spread batter into a greased 10-inch tube pan and sprinkle top with the cinnamon sugar and walnuts. Press the walnuts lightly into the batter. Bake in a 325 degree oven for about 40 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Let cake cool for 10-15 mins. Meanwhile, combine glaze ingredients until smooth, adding more milk if necessary. Drizzle over cake. Cool completely then remove from pan. Serves 10.  ~ Adapted from recipe by Renny Darling