Sometimes it’s nice to have a made from scratch cake to take to a potluck meal. This makes a very flavorful cake that is sure to please the pickiest of crowds. It does take a bit of time to prepare, so my suggestion is you make a day ahead, and then refrigerate it.
3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1tsp. baking soda
1-1/2 cups applesauce (or oil)
1-8oz can crushed pineapple, drained
2 cups mashed bananas (3-4)
1 cup walnuts (or pecans) chopped
Preheat your oven to 350, then flour and grease either a 13X9 inch pan, or THREE round cake pans.
Combine the dry ingredients (first 6 in the recipe) and set aside. Chop the nuts, drain the pineapple and mash the bananas.
Mix all of your wet ingredients (last 5 on list) until well blended. Combine dry mixture with wet mixture and blend well. Stir in chopped nuts last.
Pour into greased pan or pans and bake for 30-35 minutes for round pans, 45-50 minutes for 13X9 pan. Time will vary, so check by toothpick at the earliest time and add a few minutes as you go. Cool cake completely before frosting.
8oz. cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
1 pound powdered sugar
Combine all ingredients and mix until blended. For the layer cakes you may need to double your frosting recipe.