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Banana Yogurt Cake

3/4 c butter
1 1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
1 c mashed ripe banana
2 c cake flour, sifted
1 ts baking powder
1 ts baking soda
1/2 ts salt
8 oz banana flavored yogurt
1/2 c pecans, chopped
1 ts vanilla extract
1 c flaked coconut

2/3 c water
2/3 c sugar
1/2 c creme de banana

1/2 c sugar
2 tb flour
1/4 ts salt
1/2 c half-and-half
2 tb butter
1/2 c pecans, chopped
1 ts vanilla extract

1/4 c shortening
1/4 c butter
1 egg white
1/2 ts coconut extract
1/2 ts vanilla extract
2 c confectioner's sugar, sifted

Cream butter in a large mixing bowl at medium speed of an electric
mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add banana; beat well.

Combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt in a medium bowl. Add
flour mixture to cream mixture alternately with yogurt, beginning
and ending with flour mixture. Mix after each addition. Stir in
pecans and vanilla.

Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 9" round cake pans. Sprinkle
1/2 c coconut evenly over batter in each cake pan. Bake at 350
degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Let cake layers cool in pans for 10
minutes. Carefully remove cake layers from pans and let cool
completely on wire racks.

Place one cake layer, coconut side down, on a serving plate. Brush
with Banana Flavored Syrup on top. Spread top cake layer with Creamy
Nut Filling. Top remaining layer coconut side up. Spread White Snow
Frosting on sides and 1" around top edge of cake, leaving center

Combine water and sugar in a saucepan, bring to a boil and let
simmer until sugar dissolves. Cool and add creme de banana.

Combine sugar, flour, salt, half-and-half and butter in a small
saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture
is thick and creamy.

Remove saucepan from heat, and stir in chopped pecans and vanilla.
Cool completely.

Combine shortening, butter, egg white and extracts in a medium
mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until blended.

Gradually add sifted sugar to cream mixture, beating at medium
speed until frosting reaches spreading consistency.


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