Banana Layer Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
2 1/4 cups cake flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt plus a pinch
1 cup mashed ripe bananas - (abt 2 large)
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract plus
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 lrg eggs
2 ounces pkt cream cheese - (8 ea) room temperature
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 lrg bananas peeled, sliced
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter three 8-inch-diameter cake pans with 2-inch-high sides; dust pans with flour.
Using electric mixer, beat 1/2 cup butter and sugar in large bowl until blended. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating to blend after each addition. Add dry ingredients alternately with banana mixture in 3 additions, beginning and ending with dry ingredients and beating just until blended after each addition. Divide batter equally among prepared pans.
Place 1 cake layer on platter. Spread 1/2 cup frosting over top. Place half of sliced bananas evenly over frosting, leaving 1/4-inch border at edge. Place second cake layer on work surface. Spread 1/4 cup frosting over top. Place cake layer, frosting-side down, atop bananas. Spread 1/2 cup frosting over top. Place remaining half of sliced bananas evenly over frosting, leaving 1/4-inch border at edge. Place third cake layer on work surface. Spread 1/4 cup frosting over top. Place cake layer, frosting-sid