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Lady Bird Cake

By Paula Deen


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Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 55 minutes

Servings: 12-16


Lady Bird Cake

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar pineapple preserves
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ cup whole buttermilk
  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates
  • Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows)
  • chopped pecans, for garnish
  • dried pineapple, for garnish
  • sliced banana, for garnish

Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup pineapple preserves
  • 6½ cups confectioners' sugar


Lady Bird Cake

Preheat oven to 325°. Spray a 13×9-inch baking pan with baking spray with flour.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy, 4 to 5 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in mashed banana and preserves until combined.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating just until combined after each addition. Stir in dates. Spread batter into prepared pan.

Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 55 minutes to 1 hour. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

Spread Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting onto cake. Garnish with pecans, dried pineapple, and banana, if desired. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting

In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese with a mixer at medium speed until smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Beat in preserves.

Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating at low speed until well combined, stopping to scrape sides of bowl. Increase mixer speed to medium-high, and beat until light and fluffy. Use immediately.

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