Do you guys like Banana Cake? My Dad loves banana cake and I’ve made it for him the past two times I’ve been in Arkansas. He’s a little spoiled. The recipe is my grandmother’s and I’m going to share it with you today.
Owen Family Cookbook
Several years ago some of the Owen women got together and made an Owen Family Cookbook. My mom must have called me 10 times trying to get me to send some of my favorite recipes to add to the cookbook. But you know how it is. I was too busy. I wish I would have taken the time to send the recipes to my mom.
The photo on the front of the cookbook is of my great grandparents (my dad’s grandparents). The name “Well My Goodness…” is in honor of my great grandmother who always greeted visitors with those words….and a hug.
I don’t have a photo of the cake. I haven’t taken any photos the last couple of times I’ve been to Arkansas. Either the weather wouldn’t cooperate or I just didn’t feel like pulling out my camera.
I set my alarm to get up at 6:30 a.m. when at my parents house. My Dad usually gets up long before then. When you’re raised on a farm you get up early and it sticks with you. I cook breakfast for dad and mom and anyone else who comes along.
I do more cooking, washing dishes, and house cleaning in one week at my parents than I do in a month at my house. Thanks honey.
Now for the Banana Cake Recipe. I’m going to write it here but you can also download a copy.
Banana Cake Recipe
1 Yellow Cake Mix
5-6 Ripe Bananas
Mix cake according to package directions and bake in three 9” cake pans or two 9” inch cake pans depending on preference (I use 2).
8 oz. Sour Cream (I use 6 oz. because the frosting is a little sour)
1 cup Granulated Sugar
8 oz. Whipped Topping (Cool Whip)
Stir together sour cream and sugar first. When mixed well add the Cool Whip. The sugar will not dissolve if added to the Cool Whip first.
Slice bananas crossways ¼” thick and cover the first layer. It takes about 2 bananas per layer. Spread frosting over the bananas. Repeat with remaining layer/layers then frost the sides with remaining frosting. Store cake in the refrigerator.
My grandmother always said “Anyone can make this cake.”
Recipe from Dora Owen (my grandmother)
I’m not sure who the original author of the recipe is.
download recipe here…..Banana Cake Recipe
Dad and my sister Stacey
My mom’s Alzheimer’s is really progressing. We feed her most of her meals and do more things for her now. She still sleeps most of the day in her recliner in the living room.
Mom will sometimes answer yes or no to a question but other than that she doesn’t say very much. She will smile at us sometimes so I know she understands what we’re saying. I decorated the Christmas tree when I was there earlier this month. When Dad asked Mom if it was a pretty tree she said “It’s the prettiest one I’ve ever seen”. That was a long sentence for her and I have to say it made my day or maybe my year. It sure got my heart.
The photo of my Dad and sister was taken on my trip in early November. We were visiting my sister at her new house. Stacey is going to kill me if she sees this photo.
Do you like Banana Cake? If you make the recipe be sure and tell me about it.
To read my Mom’s Alzheimer’s story and Arkansas stories start here…….Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone | Getting Personal (Nov. 2014) or read the newest post here….Arkansas Snowstorm.
You guys have a great day!