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glebe Feb 23, 2012 06:23 AM

I would love a good banana layer cake with your favorite icing.Also has anyone made the Thalhimers 6layer chocolate cake recipe that was posted yesterday?It states to use 2 pans each 17x12.That should make two 6 layer cakes if I'm calculating correctly.Any opinions on this before I try the recipe? Does anyone have the address of Martin's in Richmond or where it is located?

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  1. TorontoJo RE: glebe Feb 26, 2012 01:28 PM

    The banana cake from the infamous Elvis cake is delicious. Here's a slightly modified version:

    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 cups white sugar
    1/2 cup butter
    1 cup milk
    3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    3 eggs
    3 mashed ripe bananas

    Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. In a large bowl, cream sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Add flour mixture alternately with milk, beating just to combine. finally, stir in vanilla and mashed bananas. Pour batter evenly between two greased 9 inch round cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

    The Elvis cake calls for this to be frosted with a peanut butter frosting, but any frosting works on it: vanilla buttercream (I would go with the cooked flour buttercream as it's not too sweet), chocolate, cream cheese, etc.

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    1. re: TorontoJo
      glebe RE: TorontoJo Feb 27, 2012 06:38 AM

      If you have the Elvis cake and frosting recipe and wouldn't mind sharing it I would love that as well. Thanks so much for your version will be making it this week.

      1. re: glebe
        TorontoJo RE: glebe Feb 27, 2012 09:23 AM

        Sure, here's the original thread about it, which contains the link to the blog with the recipe:


        I don't use chocolate chips, but have put a chocolate ganache layer in the middle instead. And I cut way back on the amount of sugar in the frosting. It's all quite delicious together. :)

        1. re: glebe
          chowser RE: glebe Feb 27, 2012 03:12 PM

          I love this cake. I use part cream cheese for the butter for the frosting. It's really good. I finish the decoration w/ peanut butter cups, although candied bacon might be a good alternative.

          1. re: chowser
            TorontoJo RE: chowser Feb 27, 2012 04:01 PM

            I love this cake, too. The frosting (once you cut back on the sugar) is soooo good -- kind of like eating a whipped peanut butter fudge. The nice thing is that the cake is delicious on its own -- I've made a bundt cake with it and not frosted it at all. You know, for those times when you need to delude yourself that eating cake without frosting is "better" for you.

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