Thursday, July 9, 2015

FABBY: Vintage Banana Cake Recipe

Hello sweet friends!

I say vintage Banana Cake recipe, caz it is!  
See, my best friend Stephanie inherited from her aunt a baking book from the 1950's and believe me, all the recipes from that book are by far the best I have ever tried.

I copied and bonded the book, because there was no Amazon then, so I guess you can look for it there, I recommend it, as they might be used and inexpensive on sale now.

 All the recipes from this book are always the best cakes, ever.
I like to bake knowing that it'll come out perfect and simply delish!

The book's title is: "The Southern Heritage CAKES Cookbook."

The recipe for this classic, banana cake is at the end of this post.

I fixed a setting for tea on the antique heirloom English buffet.


I decided to use some of my reticulated pieces for tea.

The Banana Cake was baked on a pretty Nordic Ware loaf pan with bananas... so cute!

I love the Nordic Ware pans cause they come in so many adorable etchings, as this one with banana trees and bananas as well.


The vintage German urn is one of my favorite pieces I received for a MD's from Alejandro a few years ago, as he bought it because it was hand painted in such lovely flowers. 
My Mr. Living posses' the 'know how' on 'ceramics and porcelains.' 


Thank you so much for your sweet and kind comments, as you always make my day!

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.

A special thanks to the generous and supportive ladies that meke me the honor to feature me.




1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups mashed ripe bananas
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup chopped pecans, or other nut

Cream shortening, gradually add sugar, beating well.
Add eggs one at a time. Add bananas and mix until smooth.
Combine flour, bp, bs and salt; add to creamed mixture, stirring just until moistened. Stir in chopped pecans.

Pour batter into a greased and floured loaf pan, 9x5x3.
(You have to reserve 1 cup if you want to use this Nordic pan, because is not as deep as the above size pan).

Bake at 350F for 1 hour it says on the book, but it just took mine 50 min. on my electric oven. Cool in pan 10 min.  Remove cake on wire rack to complete cooling.

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  1. Sounds yummy Fabby and that loaf pan is too cute!!

  2. Oh, Fabby, that is a lovely pan for your delicious banana cake. The design really stands out. Pretty vignette on your sideboard!

  3. The whole setting is beautiful, but that pan is perfect!

  4. Dearest Fabby,
    Your banana cake baked in that special mold looks very special.
    For sure that is a good tasting one.
    Love reticulated china as well.
    Hugs for a happy weekend.

  5. What a cute pan. I've not seen this one before, Fabby. Thanks for the recipe. I love a good banana cake.

  6. Only YOU would have such a special pan!!! Thank you for the recipe!! I happen to have bananas and a special cake just might cheer Louis Dean up!! If not, I can share it with the quads at our Wednesday Tea Party!!! Lovely post from a lovely lady!!!!

  7. Lovely side board decor. Awesome. Banana cake looks nice and i am sure its delicious too. Wish i am there with you dear Fabby. Thank you for your visit and the comment. Hugs Sujatha:))

  8. I'm a nut for banana cakes, and this recipe looks YUMMY!!!!! Love your reticulated china Fabby, I wonder how you keep making your china always looking fresh and new!

  9. Fabby, your your cake looks wonderful and I like the bananas on it. Your white reticulated china is beautiful; love it! Thank you for linking up for Tea Time and have a lovely weekend, my friend.


  10. Pretty dishes, and love the pan have to look for that one.

    God bless your day


  11. That cake pan design is just gorgeous! I love it! Hey, I've started a second blog and just put up a new weekly linky party. It starts Friday nights. I hope you'll come join! BigFamilyFrugal (dot) com.


  12. What an inviting setting- the sideboard and dishes are lovely. Thanks for sharing the banana bread recipe. I love to slice it and toast it! :)

  13. Everything looks so beautiful and welcoming as always! I love your cake pan and that you have something so wonderful and creative to put that banana cake in. When I read "loaf pan" I just use a plain old loaf pan. You have inspired me to do something different!
    Have a lovely weekend!

  14. I love those old cookbooks, too. They have the best recipes! The German urn is gorgeous; your hubby has great taste. And oh my, that pan is perfect for baking a banana cake in; it's so fun!
    Hope you're having a good summer Fabby. xo, Deborah

  15. Hi Fabby..beautiful tea set up and the cake looks delicious. LOVE the way the cake pan makes it. I have one
    with pumpkins that I love. Thinking of you as the Pope was visiting there.

  16. Fabby, everything looks just beautiful here! The sideboard is just lovely and everything looks so inviting. Your banana bread recipe sounds particularly good and the loaf itself, baked up in such a beautiful pan, is perfection. I never seem to have much luck with shaped pans, but then I guess I've only really just used a cathedral-shaped bundt pan, that always seems to yield disastrous results.

  17. I agree, you can't beat the old cookbooks! Your cake looks utterly and completely fabulous! Mimi xxx

  18. Love the pan Fabby! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  19. Banana is one of my favorites...your cake looks so fab, I LOVE your pan, perfect for Summer!

  20. Your banana cake looks so pretty and yummy, Fabby! Your tea setting is beautiful with all your gorgeous china....Christine

  21. I just love vintage recipes too and have a bunch from the 80's that I use. This cake is perfect and I have a pan similar to your cute one. Can't wait to try this!

  22. Hi Fabby, what fun the pans make the bread for presentation!
    The bread looks amazing!!
    Would love to have you stop by and share on Oh My Heartsie Girls WW this week!!

    Hope you enjoy your day!

  23. Wow Fabby, que belleza. Everything looks so elegant in white. Me encanta esa receta. The bread looks yummy. I can sure go for a piece right now.

    Abrazos amiga,


  24. I see most of the comments are about the wonderful cake pan you used....I would like to leave a comment that is different from everyone else....but, that cake pan is AMAZING! Thanks for sharing your recipe...hugs...

  25. That is the cutest banana bread I've ever seen! I also really like the pretty lace design of your white tea set.

  26. Oh Fabby, your buffet looks so pretty with your reticulated tea pieces. The Nordic ware pan makes such a pretty banana cake! My, I would love a slice of that cake with a cup of tea. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  27. What a gem of a treasure to find in that vintage cookbook! That banana tree loaf pan is so cute, and made a very lovely loaf! Pinned! I really would like to try a vintage recipe like this! Thank you for sharing!

  28. Hello! Found your recipe and it looks so yummy! The shortening is the key! Because it's s bad for you. ;) Thanks for this!!
    Kristine :)

  29. That sounds delicious Fabby and I love your cake pan!! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  30. That cake is amazing and I am sure taste amazing. What a lovely buffet you have set. I always enjoy your postings!

  31. Thank you for sharing this recipe, Fabby! Sounds delicious. xxx Maria

  32. Fabby, I love banana bread and cake! The loaf pan is so fun. Love the whimsical palm trees and bananas! The entire tea looks so inviting. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  33. Wow, love the pan that you used! I'm sure the banana bread is delicious! Thank you for sharing it with us at the Brag About It Link Party!

  34. Fabby, you arranged a lovely setting and the banana bread looks yummy!Thanks for joining the #OMHGWW linkup this week!


  35. Fabby, you always amaze me with your beautiful settings. You've taken the cake with your Banana Cake! Love that loaf pan--and I want to try your recipe!

    Thanks for joining Grace at Home. I'm featuring you this week!

  36. Fabby, the sideboard is perfectly set for tea! I love anything with bananas, so I will be trying this recipe, and the Nordic pan is way too cute! Have a wonderful Thursday

  37. That is such a pretty cake mold, Fabby, and your vignette for tea is just lovely. The china is so pretty and the urn is beautiful. The cake recipe sounds very good.

  38. Fabby, such a pretty setting and the Banana cake looks wonderful. Your sidebar is beautiful. I love that cute and creative. Happy weekend to you. xo

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