From the time that he was little, my little guy ALWAYS asks for Banana Cake with Silky Cream Cheese Frosting or Banana Bars for his birthday. Always! And he's always very particular that they need to be CHILLED before the party!
And over the years I've made Birthday Banana Cake in many shapes and sizes - my favorite was a Winnie the Pooh Bee Hive Banana Cake - complete with bees!
This is our family-favorite recipe, used for birthday celebrations and even as wedding cake!
I know that there are bakers that will shortcut and replace the buttermilk with "sour milk" (lemon juice or vinegar are added to milk which causes is to sour up), but for the best flavor, do yourself a favor and use fresh buttermilk. It really does make a difference in both the taste and texture.