Recipe from the KQ Cookbook: Banana Cream Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana-bread fans will love the flavor of this treat that’s a great lunchbox snack for the kids or for you. It’s moist and sweet and just perfect topped with cream-cheese frosting. You can carry this cake right in the baking pan to the guild potluck supper. You won’t have to worry about what to do with the leftovers, because there won’t be any!

The recipe is from the out-of-print Keepsake Quilting™ Cookbook published as a charitable fund-raiser in 2001.

And carry your lunch in style using the Fly Away Eco-Friendly Bag shown! (Item# 2764)

Banana Cream Cake
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 eggs
3/4 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large or 3 medium bananas, mashed
Cream Cheese Frosting (below)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Cream the sugar and butter in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs. Add the sour cream and vanilla and beat until smooth. Mix the flour, baking soda and salt together. Add to the sour cream mixture alternately with the mashed bananas, mixing until well blended after each addition. Pour into a greased 10″ x 15″ baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until brown and the top springs back when lightly touched. Let stand until cool. Spread the Cream Cheese Frosting over the top. Sprinkle with the nuts. Cut into pieces.

Yield: 4 dozen

Cream Cheese Frosting

3 ounces cream cheese, softened
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Combine the cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla in a mixing bowl and beat until well blended. Add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until smooth and creamy.

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4 thoughts on “Recipe from the KQ Cookbook: Banana Cream Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Hi KQ, I am looking for a pattern my mothr-in-law made for my daughter when she was a chilld and would like to make one for my granddaughter, but have been unable to find it. It is a DUTCH GIRL pattern, some say it is the same as SUN SHINE SUE, but it is not. Can you help me. The quilt was made in the late 60’s or 70’s.
    thank you

    1. Hi Ann,
      There are many variations of the Sunbonnet Sue pattern and the Dutch Girl pattern. We looked in Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Applique, and saw a few different Dutch Girl images. Some look just like Sunbonnet Sue, and some look very different. If you cannot find a pattern for the specific Dutch Girl pattern you are looking for, you may have better luck searching for that image online and drawing your own. If you have the original quilt, or a photo of it, this may help you draw your own pattern. Good luck and happy quilting!

  2. Hi KQ, Thankyou for all the interest I found in your blog. My older sister a quilter in New Zealand told me about you and this now is the first time I have made contact from Scotland. You are over flowing with inspirational ideas and I am so thrilled with having found such a ‘PATCH OF HAPPINESS'( That is how I describe ladies who quilt)
    Also, Jessica, ENDLESS JOY is a brilliant title for a short story I am writing just now
    I think I might use it – if you don’t mind. Thanks a heap.


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