Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

2/3 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, separated
2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 medium)
1 cup milk
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash salt

In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add bananas and milk; mix just until combined. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to the creamed mixture; beat for 2 minutes.

In another bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold into batter.

Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and salt; beat until smooth. Spread over cake.

Store in the refrigerator.

Yield: 15 servings.

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