How to make it

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Grease and flour 2 cake pans.
  • In a medium bowl stir together flour and baking soda then set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer cream together shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs 1 at a time mixing well after each addition.
  • Mix in mashed bananas, buttermilk and vanilla.
  • Add flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  • Stir in black walnuts then pour into prepared pans and bake 35 minutes.
  • Cool in pans on a cooling rack for 10 minutes then remove from pans and cool.
  • Melt butter in small saucepan then add brown sugar and cream.
  • Cook over medium low heat until sugar is dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and add vanilla then transfer to a large bowl.
  • Using an electric mixer beat in confectioners' sugar a little at a time until smooth.
  • Sandwich 2 layers of cake with frosting then frost the outside.
  • Press chopped black walnuts over top and down sides of cake.

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