Recipe courtesy of Joyce Marcellus

Banana and Strawberries Delight

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 10 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: 12 servings
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Ingredients

Cake:

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened, plus for greasing the pans

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

3 eggs 

2 ripe bananas, mashed 

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus for flouring the pans

1 teaspoon baking soda 

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 

3/4 cup sour cream 

Buttercream:

Pinch kosher salt

1 pound confectioners' sugar 

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 

1/2 cup pasteurized egg whites 

8 sticks (4 cups) unsalted butter, softened 

1/2 cup fresh strawberries, chopped 

Directions

  1. For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8-inch round cake pans.
  2. Cream the granulated sugar and butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla, eggs and bananas. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture, alternating with the sour cream--do not overmix. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans and bake until a tester comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Let the cakes cool before removing from the pans.
  3. For the buttercream: In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix the salt, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and egg whites for 5 minutes on medium-high speed. Add the butter, little by little, and mix for 10 minutes. Fold in the chopped strawberries.
  4. To assemble the cake: Using a serrated knife, cut the top dome off of the cakes to make them level. Cut one of the cakes in half horizontally to form 2 layers. Repeat with the second cake for 4 layers total. Place one cake layer on a serving plate and spread buttercream on top. Stack a second layer on top and spread buttercream on top. Repeat with the remaining 2 layers. Using an offset spatula, spread buttercream on the outside of the cake. Smooth using up and down strokes, and then scrape off any excess buttercream.
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