November 17, 2017

Sour Cream Banana Cake/Bread

I get asked for this recipe all the time and I never want to give away the secret -  Banana Cake

With the holidays approaching, we all want the easiest, most delicious, inexpensive, and the most beautiful recipes, don’t we?

That’s not asking for a whole lot, is it?
So many of our favorite traditions revolve around food.

The smell of that succulent turkey roasting, the baking gingerbread that Grandma used to make every Christmas Eve, snuggling around the crackling fireplace after caroling with my whip cream dolloped hot chocolate mug nestled between frigid fingers are just a few ways that my senses are stimulated.

It’s amazing how instantly I am brought back to those special moments by just an aroma.
I can’t wait to spend some time sharing our traditions around food, and I’ll invite you to share some as well…..but that’s for another post. 🙂

This is a new recipe for me this holiday season of 2008, and I am thinking it may become the start of a timeless tradition. Certainly one that will not be regulated to the “holiday” box, but one that may become a once a week kind of tradition.
Typically, I am not a box mix kind of gal when it comes to company, but after this success, I may never again go back to scratch. ha

You probably have all the ingredients in your cupboard right now, so don’t procrastinate.

If you start thrifting like I have been telling you to, you might have an adorable pan like this just calling your name from the back of the cupboard.

Yes, the difference between a yummy tasting cake, and a yummy tasting cake which turns into eye candy, is this $1 pan that I picked up a few weeks ago when I was out treasure hunting.
I know, I know, aren’t they adorable?
I served these for breakfast with no frosting and called them banana bread….hee hee
Can I tell you how moist and melt in the mouth marvelous they were?
Did I tell you that this only took less than five minutes of “work”?
The above pictures shows a “do as I say, not as I do.”
I didn’t wait for it to cool completely. I was too excited to make some eye candy . Lack of patience = glass with steam……. 🙂
I split the batter in half between the mini bundt cakes, and a 9 inch round pan.
Frost the cake with my Easy Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe.  Spread top with frosting.
If you have used a 13 x 9 pan, then cut cake crosswise in half. Frost the top of one, and then top with remaining cake half and repeat by frosting top and sides. You can press nuts onto the sides or sprinkle with chocolate jimmies. If you are doing this at Christmas time, then green and white sprinkles would be pretty as well.
No lie – I was so excited to photograph a food post from start to finish, but by the time I went to take the picture of the finished frosted product, this is what I found.
Yep, it was a hit, and truly, the frosting is not even needed.

But just in case you need the “finished product” pictures, I had fun searching through Country Living. They came through for me, and theirs look almost as nice as mine.
Too bad you couldn’t see my masterpiece….wink, wink.
I love the simplicity of the powdered sugar.

Here they used chocolate cake and inverted two of my mini cakes to form pumpkins…too cute.
Really, I almost thought of that.

small chocolate pumpkin cakes
Charles Schiller

Yep, this is what mine looked like with the cream cheese frosting.

Even a little bedlam made it into the picture by a bowl-licking Lab named Lola.


  1. I love the Ideals. The cakes to form pumpkins is so great . I will have to do that. Thank you so much.


  2. That looks so good! I love all the ideas that you shared!

    Now I want one of those cake pans.



  3. That looks so GOOD. I am all about easy so I’ll have to try it. Now I WANT that PAN!!! Oh my I LOVE those little small cakes!!!


  4. After 11 years of marriage – I need to re-stock many things in my kitchen. I’m thinking yard sales is the way to do it. Thanks for the adorable post. We are BIG-TIme Banana bread fans around here.


  5. Oh- I’m thinking Christmas gifts for the neighbors this year. Love that.


  6. Smelling Coffee says:

    Thanks for the delicious looking (eye candy and all) recipe. I love cake mix recipes and am always looking for new ones! I can’t wait to try this. 🙂


  7. What? My yard sale season is just beginning!!! 🙂

    BTW, you are making me hungry with all that yummy ‘banana bread’.


  8. I want that pan! I am envious. I will not pay big money for pans either and that pan looks perfect.

    Powdered sugar makes things looks so nice.

    Lisa Q


  9. I found a cast iron corn bread pan at a yard sale for $1 also. It makes just enough for our reduced numbers these days (5 for dinner vs. 10 as we used to have).

    I see them in antique stores for $25!

    And corn bread is just tastier when it’s the right size…for cheap! 🙂


  10. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says:

    Jen, you're so cute! I wish I had one of these beauties right now…they look delish. And that cute little pan is just adorable…good for you, $1. That's my kind of bargain. Can't wait to see more of your finds. Yep, yardsale season is about gone, but I lucked out & found myself a sewing machine at one last weekend. That's what I'll be playing with this winter!


  11. I collect stars and got the coolest bunt pan with stars all over it at a yard sale for $3 bucks! I still would have paid more though!!


  12. Yum I can’t wait to try these!


  13. The Tripp Family says:

    uh, YUM! and how cute were those! The stoneware mini bundts or whatever you want to call those were on sale on the pampered chef website, but that sure doesn’t been $1. I but they were that much yummier because of that. I may make these for my MOPS brunch on Nov 13th. Thanks for the idea!! And did I mention how adorable those were?


  14. gonna make those – have my nanna’s ripen as we speak. I have been enjoying your blog for a while now – thanks for coming by to say hi to me 😉


  15. What a great food post! I love doing food posts. Just saw on your comment on emily’s blog that you have a VERY long day. I pray that God grants you moments of rest in it and that you draw close to Him for the strength you’ll need. Kelly


  16. Jami @ livelaughlove5 says:

    I love that! They are adorable!! 🙂


  17. Truth4thejourney says:

    Sounds scrumptuous! Can’t wait to try it. Loved the dog licking the pan! LOL!!!



  18. THE Stephanie says:

    LOVE the dog licking the bowl. Priceless.


  19. Pennies In My Pocket says:

    OMGOODNESS those are SOOOO adorable. I’m totally going to make these for Thanksgiving…make the pumkins. OH THANK YOU for this one!



  20. Karin @ 6ByHisDesign says:

    Girl, did you get a new camera?! I remember your persistent photographic apologies back when you started this bloggy thing – and now your photos look as good as Country Living’s photos! Kudos!

    I’m fading tonite, but I’ll come back and read more words tomorrow — tonite I just enjoyed the photos 🙂


  21. those look SO yummy!! I’ll be trying these out for Thanksgiving!


  22. Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit says:

    Those look wonderful! I’ll definitely give them a try…but I want to find one of those pans.


  23. the voice of melody says:

    What pretty pictures! Actually, your whole blog is pretty. It’s my first time here so I’m really enjoying taking a look at your older posts too.

    Those cakes look delicious and so easy to make. I’ll have to give them a try real soon.

    Many sweet blessings!


  24. new every morning says:

    You make me laugh, Jen!
    They look so yummy!


  25. have a lovely says:

    hello jen! thank you so much for stopping by my blog and taking the time to say hello! this recipe sounds delicious and what a fabulous find you have in that cake pan!!!! I heart a great deal!!


  26. Kim @ My Journey says:

    THANKS for the awesome recipe. Those look adorable and delicious. And, you are right about converting us into yard salers… especially with finds like the cake pans for $1. You Rock!


  27. oh man are you creative!!! I’m going to try ( I said try!) these!! Great ideas!! LA


  28. These look delicious! I am going to try these soon!


  29. Ruby Red Slippers says:

    Yum!!!You can ship one cute little cake to Michigan any day…


  30. Cute cakes–those pans tempt me every time I see them in a store.


  31. Can’t wait to try this out!! I’m even going to look for a cute pan like that. 🙂


  32. Is it possible to bake this recipe in a regular bundt pan? How would you adjust the temp or baking time?


    Jen Reply:

    yes, you could definitely make this in a bundt pan with the same temp. Check after 30 minutes to see if toothpick (or knife) comes out clean.


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