Cooking With Lisa Loeb: Banana Layer Cake


by Dec 21st, 2010 // Desserts, Kid-tastic, Recipes

Cooking With Lisa Loeb: Banana Layer Cake

Cooking With Lisa Loeb: Banana Layer Cake

My kid has been listening to Lisa Loeb’s Catch the Moon album since birth. When he was about 2.5 years old he’d request “Big Rock Candy Mountain” over and over again. Imagine my delight when my husband told me he’d bumped into Lisa’s husband and learned that Lisa makes a killer version of Gourmet’s Fresh Banana Layer cake.

Cooking With Lisa Loeb: Banana Layer Cake

I’d never met Lisa but knew she had a little one and wondered aloud if she’d consider cooking that very cake with me. My sweet husband reached out to hers and arrangements were made. !!!!!

Cooking With Lisa Loeb: Banana Layer Cake

We had the best intentions of getting to Lisa’s house early in the afternoon but the baby had other plans. She demanded to be fed right as we were walking out the door. (Isn’t that always the way?) Lisa smartly started prepping for our arrival and didn’t bat an eye when we were a full hour late! When I walked into Lisa’s big, bright kitchen, the first thing to catch my eye was a Hello Kitty toaster. I squealed and Lisa revealed her obsession with Hello Kitty. She even has an album cover (Hello Lisa) that features Hello Kitty. Awesome.

Cooking With Lisa Loeb: Banana Layer Cake

Although she’d made this cake several times, Lisa has never once used white flour or the full amount of sugar. (Impressive will power!) As Lisa layered up the cake, I asked her about its significance. That’s when I learned that her daughter’s first word was actually banana. Too cute.

Cooking With Lisa Loeb: Banana Layer Cake

I loved watching Lisa frost the cake while we chatted about our kids. One of the things I love most about parenthood is how it brings us all together. Oh! And during the course of the conversation Lisa scooped me about her brand new line of eye wear. (Genius, right?)

Cooking With Lisa Loeb: Banana Layer Cake

Thanks, Lisa. You are so lovely. My kid and I had a great time getting to know you and witnessing your mad cakery skills. Now for the recipe…

Fresh Banana Layer Cake Recipe
adapted from Gourmet

Ingredients for Cake
2 1/4 cups sifted whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed very ripe banana (about 2 large)
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup organic sugar
2 large eggs
Ingredients for Frosting & Layering
2 1/2 to 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
2 to 3 large firm-ripe bananas

Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour two 9-inch round cake pans, knocking out excess flour. Into a bowl sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl whisk together mashed banana, yogurt and vanilla. In a large bowl with an electric mixer beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy and beat in eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in flour and banana mixtures alternately, beginning and ending with flour mixture and stirring after each addition until just combined. (Do not overmix.) Divide batter evenly among pans, smoothing tops, and bake in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching position of pans halfway through baking, about 15 to 18 minutes total, or until layers are springy to the touch and a tester comes out clean. Cool layers in pans on racks 10 minutes. Run a thin knife around edges of pans and invert layers onto racks to cool completely. (Cake layers will look very thin. Don’t worry, it looks nice once the banana layer is in!)

Into a large bowl sift confectioners’ sugar. In another large bowl with an electric mixer beat together cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy and beat in vanilla and a pinch salt. Beat in confectioners’ sugar, a little at a time, and beat frosting until smooth.

Cut 2 firm-ripe bananas diagonally into thin slices. Put a cake layer on a serving plate and spread with a thin coating of frosting. Arrange one layer of banana slices on frosting, overlapping them slightly, and top with second cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. (Cake may be made 8 hours ahead and kept in a cake keeper at cool room temperature.)

Cooking With Lisa Loeb: Banana Layer Cake

Cooking With Lisa Loeb: Banana Layer Cake

Later that night Lisa decorated the cake for her adorable daughter, Lyla. I don’t know what’s cuter, the cake, Lisa or that pink Kitchen Aid in the background!

banana cake

20 Comments on “Cooking With Lisa Loeb: Banana Layer Cake”

  1. 1.) Tiffany
    December 21st, 2010

    The banana cake sounds delicious!

  2. 2.) Melissa@HomeBaked
    December 21st, 2010

    What fun! I love that banana cake recipe–I made it for my son's 1st birthday. I am excited to try it again sometime with the healthier adaptations!

  3. 3.) Cara
    December 21st, 2010

    wow! I love Lisa Loeb! Totally Jealous of this experience!

  4. 4.) Sandra
    December 21st, 2010

    A friend of mine who also adores Lisa Loeb and desserts shared this post with me. Lovely! Super jealous. Thx for sharing!

  5. 5.) girlieerin
    December 21st, 2010

    Stay is on of my favorite songs to get stuck in my head and I just adore Lisa Loeb. What a fabulous post!

  6. 6.) Eva Leigh Martin
    December 21st, 2010

    loving the hello kitty toaster!

  7. 7.) Anna
    December 21st, 2010

    I can’t stand bananas, but Lisa Loeb is precious. Also, my kid has the monster recycling shirt that your kid is wearing there. So cute!

  8. 8.) Laurie
    December 21st, 2010

    Awesome. Love Lisa Loeb, Love Bananas, never had a Hello Kitty thing but how cute is that?! Love this blog.

  9. 9.) tryityoumightlikeit
    December 22nd, 2010

    Wow wow wow!!!!! So cool.

  10. 10.) actorsdiet
    December 22nd, 2010

    yum. that's bananas!

  11. 11.) Samantha
    December 22nd, 2010

    Can't wait to make this!! Tell your son my 4 year old has the same "Be Green" T-shirt – Target rocks!

  12. 12.) misti
    December 22nd, 2010

    Wow! What a fabulous post. I love banana layer cake, love her music and love you guys! Perfect combo. xo

  13. 13.) Ashley
    December 23rd, 2010

    Cool story. It was so real…as in I could imagine it clearly. Thanks for sharing, and the cake looks super yummy.

  14. 14.) CookingWithMyKid
    December 23rd, 2010

    ha! it's one of my favorites. his too.

  15. 15.) Whitney
    December 26th, 2010

    I made this cake yesterday. I am, I would say, not a beginner but not yet an intermediate baker. I am at high altitude (5800 ft) and the cake came out pretty good. It would be yummier with regular flour, but if you are trying to make it a *little* more healthy (because with all the butter and cream cheese its not like you are helping yourself out any) it is still good and my kids are both eating it up. My fridge is WAY too full from Christmas cooking to house the cake so it has been living in my garage, and it is still in fine shape about 36 hours after baking.

    Lisa Loeb was one of the first concerts I saw when I was 14 and she was just getting started, and it has been so fun to evolve right along with her into a mom and have my kids seeing her on Sesame Street. What a fun experience I am sure this was for you!

  16. 16.) Misvty Sedehi
    December 26th, 2010

    So fun! Love Lisa Loeb, so glad to know she cooks for her kid, just like us!!!!

  17. 17.) Robyn
    December 27th, 2010

    Super jealous! I'm a HUGE Lisa Loeb fan! Looks like a fun day!

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