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Taste NY Food Truck Competition 5

Banana Cake

By Lisa Meaney • Warners, New York

2006 New York State Fair Culinary Grand Competition - Third Place



  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 Tbs. water
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 4 mashed bananas
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbs. vanilla



  1. Cream butter, sugar and eggs in a large bowl.
  2. Sift flour, salt and baking powder together, then gradually add to the sugar mixture and stir.
  3. Mix baking soda and water together, add to the batter along with the buttermilk, bananas, nuts and vanilla.
  4. Pour into four 9” round cake pans that have been buttered and floured.
  5. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until cake tester indicates the cake is done in the center. Let cool.


When cake has cooled, top with whipped cream or your favorite homemade or store bought frosting.


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