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Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad

This tasty Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad has a secret ingredient that gives the texture of the salad a wonderfully creamy texture. What is it ? Freshly whipped cream folded into the chicken, almond and grape salad. It works and it is wonderful. Serve on a bed of curly lettuce, with crackers or on a croissant. Enjoy!

The Best Banana Cake with Banana Cream Cheese Frosting

 

Banana Cake with Fresh Banana Frosting

Fresh on the heels of the best Mayo Banana Bread recipe I've ever made comes this refreshing recipe for Banana Cake with Banana Cream Cheese Frosting. It tastes so fresh and delicious, which I have to attribute tothe wonderful banana frosting.

I came across this recipe from the fun cooking blog, The Domestic Rebel. I added cream cheese to the frosting as I love that tangy, cream cheese style of frosting best. If you prefer, you can omit the cream cheese with no other adjustments to the frosting recipe. 

For anyone wondering, even though fresh bananas are used, the frosting does not change color, as the lemon juice helps with that. Note that you should keep leftovers in the fridge. This cake tastes wonderful chilled so that works out perfectly. 

If you love banana recipes, please be sure to check out my Banana Recipe Board on Pinterest. Enjoy!
The Best Banana Cake with Banana Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes a 9x13-inch cake

For the cake:
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup ripe bananas peeled and mashed (about 2-3 medium-sized bananas)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp banana extract, or banana liqueur if desired
For the frosting:
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 (8 oz.) block of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup ripe banana, peeled and mashed (about 1 medium banana)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tsp banana extract 
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 cups powdered sugar (use less if you would like it less sweet. I would suggest tasting it as you add it to get it just as you like it.)
  1. Preheat oven to 350-f degrees. Spray your baking pan well with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the cake ingredients together and beat with a hand mixer for about 2 minutes. Pour into prepared cake pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean with only a few crumbs on it. Cool completely.
  3. Prepare the frosting. Cream all ingredients together except the powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl, until creamy and well incorporated. 
  4. (Note: If you have any stubborn chunks of cream cheese that won't blend in, that means your cream cheese was too cold. You can try to fix this by putting the frosting in microwave for a few seconds and beating again.) Add in the powdered sugar one cup at a time, until light and fluffy and as sweet as you like it. 
  5. Frost the cooled cake and transfer to the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes before serving. Keep leftovers in the fridge.
Recipe slightly adapted from The Domestic Rebel.

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