One word. Delicious!
3 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas, very ripe
6 tablespoon buttermilk*
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Chopped chocolate bar or chocolate chips
Grease pan and line with wax paper.
In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. set aside.
In a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beating well after each addition. Add the mashed bananas. Add half of the dry ingredients, mixing well until incorporated, then add the buttermilk and vanilla, and then the other half of the dry ingredients. mix well but do not over beat.
Divide batter into prepared pans. Garnish batter with chopped pecans and chocolate or chocolate chips.
Bake for 40 minutes for a 9x2 inch pan. Time depends on how big or shallow your prepared pans. Doneness is a little browning on top or inserted cake tester comes out clean.
Cool in the pan for at least a minute and cool completely on the cake rack completely.