Sunday, January 27, 2013

FABBY: Hubby's Favorite Birthday Cake

Hello sweet friends!

This is Alejandro's favorite birthday cake, it's called Delicious Banana Layer Cake and it's from an old baking book, with the title of, "The Southern Heritage CAKES Cook Book", my friend Stephanie gave me a copy of the book, I mean; as it was her aunt's vintage great baking book, although she was from NJ, not from the South, lol.. believe me, every cake is fabulous, all American heritage cakes and desserts. This Monday, January 28th. is my hero's birthday and there's going to be a tea party held at his sister's house, with all their siblings...hope I can take some pics, as I will be busy helping her. I will try, though. I baked hubby's fav cake today to take, obviously. We're also going to celebrate the youngest brother's birthday that was last Jan. 20th. I'm sharing the recipe at the end of the post. Believe me, it's fabulous!!

I fixed a vignette for tea, (although hubby will have coffee) in our alabaster breakfast table, as hubby loves the alabaster top of it, more than he does tablecloths, lol..

The teacups, saucers and cake plates are from my Multiple Choice dinner china; in black and white. The teacups are so cute, they look like they have black stitchings running  up and down them. The sterling antique, French teapot with warmer was my In laws, as I think it came from my Fil's family. The sterling creamer and sugar bowl came from my own silver teaset.

 I forgot how you called crystal pieces with sterling inlays as the platter standing in the's antique and Italian, from my Mil's. I remember dear Bill, from Affordable Accoutrement's, has a collection and he posted about it a while ago, as he hasn't been blogging for a year and I really miss him...don't you...remember him?
Isn't it a pretty cake with the pecans? This cake makes a great dessert too, for after dinner, as it's very moist.

Here you can appreciate the alabaster a little more. Ecuador has lovely white alabaster and marbles, like our black and white flooring is.

Thank you for dropping by and always leaving me such wonderful and kind comments, my dear friends.

I'm thanking the lovely hostesses for having me each week and for been so generous.


                                                          DELICIOUS BANANA LAYER CAKE

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs, separated
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp. buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup chopped pecans
Caramel Frosting

      Cream butter; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg yokes one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Dissolve soda in buttermilk, add to creamed mixture alternately with flour, starting and ending with flour. Stir in mashed bananas and pecans.
Beat egg whites at room temp., until stiff peaks form, fold in batter. Pour batter into two greased and floured 8´inch round cake pans.  Bake at 350F for 30 minutes, or until pick inserted comes out clean. Cool cakes 10 min. in pans. Remove from pans and let cool completely.
     Spread caramel frosting on between layers and on top and decorate with pecans, like in my pic, but you don't have to, though.

Caramel Frosting:
 1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
About 1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter or margarine

    Combine all ingredients in a heavy sauce pan; cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture reaches soft ball stage, (240). Remove from heat and beat until spreading consistency; add additional milk if necessary. Spread immediately on cooled cake. Yield: for a 2 layer cake.

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  1. Thank you for visiting me and for your kind compliments!
    The silver deposit plate is extraordinary! I have never seen that before so I googled it. So lovely! Your platter is a truly stunning example of the art form!
    Wish your Beloved a Happy Birthday from Illinois...and many happy returns!



  2. HI Fabby. I love your alabaster table top. It looks very appropriate for your 'hero's' birthday tea. The cake looks so delicious. Oh my. That would be wonderful with a cup of hot tea. Enjoy the celebrations tomorrow. Blessings, Pamela

  3. Thank you for this recipe and Happy Birthday to your hubby!!
    My Louis Dean cracked and shelled a good quart of pecans yesterday afternoon. A Banana Cake would be just the way to use them!
    I always love to linger over your beautiful photos!

  4. Fabby- That sounds absolutely decadent! lol I am saving it to try for my son that LOVES banana bread and cake. I'll let you know how it goes.

    That alabaster table is absolutely gorgeous- I just love it!!! Blessings to you and Happy Birthday to your dear husband- xo Diana

  5. Looks delicious! I love using buttermilk in baking and cooking. I just used buttermilk this morning to make pancakes. The table looks inviting. Happy Birthday to your hubby~

  6. I will try this cake soon. It does sound delicious (and I have some very ripe bananas)!

    Happy birthday to your husband. It sounds like you'll have a lovely time at celebrating the birthdays...

  7. Oh yum! This looks so delicious! Happy Birthday to your hubby!

  8. Looks divine -- what a wonderful birthday celebration :)


  9. The cake and table look masculine and *perfect* for your husband's birthday Thanks for including the recipe. Wow, that alabaster tabletop is so special. Thanks for sharing the elegant tea party with us. Happy Birthday to your husband!


  10. That sounds fabulous, the cake I mean. The table and lovely dishes are fabulous, too, though. Especially that alabaster top, I LOVE it! My hubby's birthday is tomorrow, I think I will make this for him. Thank you so much for the recipe.
    Hugs, Cindy

  11. Dearest Fabby,
    Wishing your Alejandro a very Happy Birthday tomorrow! He is right about that alabaster tabletop though. It needs no tablecloth. This looks just stunning with all your silver and the black and white china.
    Enjoy tomorrow and your cake looks indeed yummy (for those that are allowed to eat sweets...).

  12. I bet your dear husband loved his cake! It's beautiful and it sounds scrumptious!

  13. Dear Fabby,
    Happy Birthday to your husband. The table looks so pretty. I think, he loved the masculine table setting and the Banana cake, too. Yes, our friend Bill do not post anything nor answer emails since a long time. Nobody could tell me, what happened to him. I have his Blog still in my sidebar, to kepp the memories on his wonderful posts.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  14. Fabby your table is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, it looks YUMMY! I can't wait to try it.

  15. Oh Fabby - How FABULOUS!!! Happy bday to your hero!

  16. Oh my, you table and setting is so beautiful. I love the cake too, it looks like a work of art. Such a lovely tablescape for your Hubby, and Happy BD to him. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  17. Hi Fabby, Your cake looks fantastic! I know your family will enjoy it. Happy Birthday to your hubby. I remember Bill and his blog as well. He was a tablescaper extraordinaire!

  18. What a lovely looking tea for your sweetie!! I love your alabaster table, Fabby. Your banana cake looks so divine. Wish I could have a slice!!

  19. The cake looks delicious and your set up is lovely. Beautiful tea set! Happy birthday to Alejandro!...Christine

  20. The tea table is set very nicely for your hubby's birthday and the cake looks delicious.

  21. I am going to make this cake for myself...maybe I'll share a bite or two with hubby! I am a new follower. Patsy

  22. What a delicious looking cake. And your setting is lovely, as usual! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea and happy birthday to your husband!

  23. What a lovely way to celebrate a special birthday. The cake sounds delicious.

    Jocelyn @

  24. Fabby,
    This tablescape is gorgeous on your marble topped table!!! Love the black and white china!!! The cake is lovely on the eyes and the recipe is fabulous!!! "Mr. Ed" loves anything with PECANS! Ha! Thanks for sharing your recipe...and Happy Birthday to your hero!!!

  25. Hello Fabby,
    That is a beautiful table and it is lovely all set for a celebration. Happy Birthday to your dear husband!
    A family friend baked a banana cake once when I was a young girl and was it ever good! I have loved banana cake ever since. Your icing sounds divine! Thank you for coming to tea and have a lovely week, my friend.


  26. I have written down that recipe to make some time down the road, not just yet too many goodies lately. Wish Alejandro a Happy Birthday, that table top is amazing, beautiful as are the dishes-all of it gorgeous. God bless...

  27. Wonderful! I love the photo that is taken directly above the entire table- really shows off the cake and your tea cups. Very elegant sophistication. Am your newest follower!


  28. Belated Happy Birthday to your husband.As usual you have set a gorgeous table.The cake looks yummy.Everything is so good to see.Thank you for your loving comments dear Fabby...:):)

  29. Happy Birthday to your husband - a day late! I adore that sterling teapot (I do have a silver obsession!). The cake looks wonderful, as does your table setting. I do remember Bill and miss his fabulous tables!

  30. Happy Birthday to your husband. Thank him for us for liking that cake (and the recipe)!!!!! Lovely vignette. Happy Tea Day!

  31. Your banana cake looks so moist and delicious!

  32. Fabby, That cake looks amazingly delicious!! I can see why it is your hubby's favorite!! Wish him Happy Bithday. mine is this week....What a lovely tablescape you created.
    Your alabaster table top is beautiful!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by...


  33. Dear Fabby,
    Sorry I'm a bit late this week... and being a special occasion, your hubby's birthday, I couldn´t miss it.
    Congratulations to him...and to you for having made such a delicious looking birthday cake!

  34. AWESOME tablescape -so perfect for his birthday cake.

    I can't wait to try th at recipe, thanks so much for sharing it!

    I love those teacups- even a man would love them, not too girlie!

    Gorgeous post!

  35. Fabby, I think you set the prettiest display! I LOVE the look of the pecans on top of your banana cake!!!
    You are such a hostess, my dear one!!! Happy birthday to Alejandro!

  36. Everything looks beautiful and the cake looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday Fabby, have a wonderful week!

  37. It all looks fabulous! And the cake...YUM!!!
    Have a wonderful week!
    sandy :)

  38. Congratulations Fabby! This post is being featured today :)

  39. Oh, this looks wonderful and also a great way to use those bananas that are always leftover. I get tired of making banana bread! The frosting would make this so delicious.

    I think your little tablescape is so the table!

  40. This banana cake looks wonderful
    and I will surly make it soon!
    Thanks for sharing such a pretty
    birthday table setting.

  41. This looks so good! The alabaster table is a gem. Your cake recipe looks like one my mother used it make.

  42. I can see why it is his favorite cake. It looks and sounds delicious and judging from the ingredients it is one I would like. I'm not big on lots of icing. Whatever you do is always presented with such style.

  43. I am going to have to make that cake Fabby! It sounds so decadent :-) Of course, I'll have to leave out the nuts as Mr. B likes nuts, just not in his food (silly man!). I love your alabaster table. I'm with your hubby, I wouldn't want to hide its beauty under a tablecloth! Have a wonderful rest of the week :-)

  44. Hi, Fabby! Yes, I DO miss Bill! I don't know where he went! He was going strong, and then suddenly...nothing. I didn't want to pry into his business, so I didn't email to ask what was going on. Maybe I should have. I hope he's OK! Your cake looks beautiful, and no doubt it tastes every bit as good as it looks. Those Southern ladies put out great recipe books because they can really cook!!!! Beautiful china for tea...or coffee! :-) Happy Birthday to everybody!!! You're going to be eating a lot of cake!!!

  45. Oh I so miss Bill! He just disappeared. I pray he's okay. Belated Happy Birthday to Alejandro. Be sure to tell him! Your alabaster table is fabulous and it doesn't need a tablecloth. I love the pretty dishes you used. The cake looks fabulous.. oh my and sounds so scrumptious.. xo marlis

  46. I am going to make this cake!! Everything looks perfect for a Hero's Birthday!! Happy Birthday to your Hero!! I love your table!! So pretty. Happy VTT!


  47. What a tea pot! It's shaped kind of like a samovar. I've READ about samovars and when I read about them I wonder, How in the WORLD did THAT work - - - you know, the part about them poking bits of wood or charcoal in there to burn to heat the water - - - and this was done indoors in many of the books where I've read about them.

  48. Beautiful setting! Happy birthday to your husband!

    I'm hosting my Homemaking Linkup Weekend and would love for you to come join the party, if you'd like.

    Have a happy day,
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

  49. that cake looks delicious, wow, I could have a piece of that now...yummy, love the tablesetting, I am sure he will love all this..Your table is beautiful...

  50. Beautiful table setting. We love Ecuador! We have been there 3 times to help build a church in Quito. Stopping by from Vintage Thursday. Hope you can come by for a visit.

  51. What a beautiful tablescape, Fabby, and I, too, love that alabaster tabletop--it's lovely! Have a great weekend!

  52. Querida Fabby, como siempre, muy lindo! The saucers are so cute, and that tray, so unique! First time seeing one like that! Feliz Cumplea├▒os a tu adorado Alejandro, me imagino disfrut├│ ese delicioso cake! Besos-

  53. The settings and the cake is gorgeous. Hmmm... now I am drooling, mi amorina.

    Send my hugs to DH and hope you'd spoiled him to the max.

    Hope you're both in the best of everything and enjoy the w/end ahead.

    Mi quero a tu mas,
    /CC girl

  54. Fabby, Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful Banana Cake recipe at Simple & Sweet Fridays! Happy Birthday to your husband too!


  55. I hope your husband had a wonderful birthday! I love the cake you made for him and I can't wait to try the recipe very soon! Your alabaster table and your tablescape are absolutely gorgeous, I can see why he doesn't like it covered with a cloth.
    I remember Bill and his wonderful posts, and I, too, miss him so much. One day he was posting and the next nothing more. I hope he's okay. He was so knowledgable about everything he used on his tables and I liked reading the history and his stories more than anything.
    Thank you for sharing such a lovely table with us.

  56. I think Dearest would love this cake - especially with the pecans on top! LOVE your tablescape - beautifully set - I was just looking at a profile picture of Bill and thinking I hadn't seen him in a while!
    I appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  57. Happy birthday to your hubby! I wouldn't use a tablecloth on that beautiful table, either. The cake looks yummy.

  58. That cake sounds so very delicious! Cake is my favorite sweet I think. I am in love with your silver French tea pot. It is absolutely gorgeous.

  59. Happy Birthday to your hubby! January birthdays are the BEST! I hope you are still celebrating. We finally got away for a little celebration this week! Sweet hugs!

  60. Fabby, I have 3 ripe bananas and pecans in the kitchen right now, so I should try this cake tomorrow! It sounds delicious. Your platter is fabulous! I've never seen anything like it. I do remember Bill and I miss his interesting posts too. Happy Birthday to your hubby! Linda

  61. Oh my Fabby.... so beautiful, delicious and enchanting is this beautiful birthday table!!
    Big hugs and love from Texas to you!

  62. Fabby, I missed this post earlier. Happy Birthday to your husband! The cake looks delicious and your table is of course beautiful as ever.

  63. Fabby, what a lovely setting! The table is gorgeous and I love the little black and white stitched tea sets. That banana cake looks like the one my grandmother used to make and i know it is "to die for" good! Happy belated birthday to your hubby! Thank you for sharing his birthday with us at TTF.

  64. Pinned this one! Sounds yummy! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend. Have a great weekend!

  65. Hi Fabby! My husband's birthday is Monday and I may have to try your cake! What a simple recipe, but it looks so special! Your vignette is just lovely. Love the table top. It reminds me of the tables my Italian grandparents had. Thank you so much for sharing!

  66. Fabby, I'm gasping! That cake looks and sounds so delicious. I think I may have to try this one. Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  67. Fabby, it's easy to see why your hubby loves this. Oh, anything with a caramel and pecan topping has me drooling. Pinning this recipe. The table is gorgeous. We celebrated my daughter, Karrah's birthday on the 30th and my FIL's on the 31st. Happy Birthday to All! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  68. What a lovely dessert setting! The cake looks delicious!

    Thank you so much for linking to Let's Dish!

  69. This looks absolutely delicious!! My husband's birthday is today, and I made HIS favorite cake! :)

  70. What a lovely setting Fabby, It all looks so elegant and appropriate. That alabaster table is just exquisite and the cake looks yummy.


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