1 cup mashed, very ripe bananas (between two and three medium bananas)
¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup cream cheese, softened
6 cups confectioners sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ cup heavy whipping cream
Preheat oven to 275 degrees (F.)
Prepare three 8-inch round pans with parchment paper and cooking spray. Set aside.
In a small bowl, mash bananas completely. Add lemon juice, stir to combine, and set aside.
In a larger bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine.
In a large bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating until just combined after each addition.
Add vanilla, sour cream and applesauce, and again beat until just combined.
Add the milk and the flour mixture alternately. Start with ⅓ of the flour mixture, then add half the milk, then another ⅓ of the flour, then the rest of the milk, ending with the remaining flour mixture. After each addition, beat until just combined - but do not overbeat.
Quickly beat in banana mixture.
Evenly divide batter among the three pans. I use a kitchen scale to ensure all of the layers are even.
Bake for 40-50 minutes
In a large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese until smooth.
Beat in vanilla.
Add confectioners' sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high until frosting is smooth.
Add whipping cream and beat until light and fluffy.
Frost as desired.
Recipe by Lemon Sugar at http://lemon-sugar.com/2015/01/banana-dream-cake.html/