Friday, April 17, 2009

Gluten Free Best Banana Cake

A friend of mine asked me to make a gluten free banana cake for her twins birthday on Saturday. They know that one of their boys already has issues with wheat. When she asked I agreed to try but told her that I had not made a banana cake that was gluten free yet. So I started looking for a recipe that would work. I did a test run on Tuesday and it turned out great. Today was the day for the actual cake. I had a mishap with the size of the cake and ended up cutting off the end and made them into two small cakes for the boys to destroy. I even made the icing from scratch with Wilton's Butter Cream recipe. I highly recommend this recipe.

Gluten Free Best Banana Cake

1 1/2 Cups Bananas, Mashed, Ripe
2 tsp Lemon Juice
3 Cups Gluten Free Cake Flour Mix
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 Cup butter, softened
2 Cups Sugar (I reduced it to 1 1/2 cups)
3 large eggs
2 tsp GF Vanilla
1 1/2 cups Buttermilk (I used 1 1/2 cups raw milk w/ 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar)

1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees (yes that's correct)
2. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.
3. In a small bowl, mix mashed banana with lemon juice and set aside.
4. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
5. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
6. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in vanilla.
7. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
8. Stir in banana mixture.
9. Pour batter into a prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 60 - 75 mins or until toothpick is clean.
10. Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 mins. This will make the cake very moist.
11. For the frosting I used a vanilla butter cream recipe (Wilton)

Gluten Free Cake Flour Mix

3 Cups Brown Rice Flour
1 Cup Potato Starch (not potato flour)
1/2 Cup Tapioca Flour
1 1/2 tsp guar gum or xanthan gum

Sift ingredients together, combining thoroughly. Use in place of flour in cakes and other baked goods. Store in a ziplock bag or airtight container.

Here are the little cakes that are for the boys. Cute huh?

Here is a picture of the cake I made on Tuesday for my trial run. Nice and moist. Hubby says it is moist, good flavor and texture. He joked that I have him evaluating food now. He has to test every new gluten free creation I make ...... poor guy.

Happy Birthday Owen & Ben. I hope your first birthday is great.



Jeanine said...

That does look fantastic! Good job! :)

Homeopath said...

Interesting blog you have here!


This sounds really good and with way too many bananas in the house right now, I may be making this very soon. Thanks for posting!!

ladybugsandbees said...

Yes I am always looking for recipes for bananas. They pile up in my home too. Good luck. It was really good!

Lauren Burke said...

What a great blog! I looked through 15 banana recipes last night and ended up making yours. It was delicious! Thanks for sharing! Do you know if it freezes well? I've eaten it for the last three meals and it's time to put it away or give it away. ;D

ladybugsandbees said...

I don't know because I made the small round pan for a sample (test) cake and the rest went to my friend for her twins birthday. I haven't made it again. I just keep making new things. I would say try it. I would just make sure the container seals well or it will probably dry out. Glad you like it!

Roann said...

Thank you for posting this :) I live in a gfree household and my roommate's birthday is coming up. I plan to bake this for her party.