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A Slice of Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting on a Plate
Recipe

One Cake 5 Ways

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 14 Slices
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This moist, sweet and tender cake is easy to make with homemade vanilla cake mix. This decadent dessert can take on different yummy flavors like pistachio, coconut and more. Learn how to make One Cake 5 Ways – and they’re all delicious!


Ingredients

CAKE MIX

  • 2 1/2 cups (325g) all purpose flour
  • 2 cups (414g) sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3.4 oz instant pudding mix*
  • 1 cup (240ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (240ml) hot water

BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

  • 3/4 cup (168g) butter
  • 1/2 cup (95g) shortening
  • 5 cups (575g) powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp flavored extract
  • 3 tbsp (34ml) water or milk**

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

  • 8 oz (226g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (57g) butter, room temperature
  • 4 1/2 cups (518g) powdered sugar
  • 23 tbsp (30-45ml) water or milk**

Instructions

TO MAKE THE CAKE:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C) and grease a 9×13 inch cake pan.
2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and pudding mix in a large mixer bowl.
3. Add the milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and eggs to a medium sized bowl and combine.
5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
6. Slowly add the hot water to the batter and mix on low speed until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined.
7. Pour the batter into the greased cake pan and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.

TO MAKE THE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:

1. Combine the butter and shortening in a large mixer bowl and mix until smooth.
2. Add about half of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
3. Add the flavor extract of your choosing (vanilla, coconut, etc) and the water or milk and mix until smooth.
4. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
5. Spread the frosting onto the cooled cake.

TO MAKE THE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

1. Combine the cream cheese and butter in a large mixer bowl and mix until smooth.
2. Add about half of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
3. Add the water or milk and mix until smooth.
4. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
5. Spread the frosting onto the cooled cake.


Notes

Feel free to use the pudding mix of your choice. I used Jello brand and found vanilla, coconut cream, banana, pistachio and lemon to work the best.

The milk or water can be replaced with another flavoring, such as honey, lemon juice or something else to add additional flavor to the frosting.

Makes 12-16 servings.

Nutrition info is for any flavor of cake with buttercream frosting.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 689
  • Sugar: 93.8 g
  • Sodium: 536.2 mg
  • Fat: 26 g
  • Carbohydrates: 112.7 g
  • Protein: 3.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 53.1 mg

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