banana cake with cream cheese frosting
We were invited over to my Aunt and Uncles for dinner on Monday night, and I was so excited!!
It may not seem like a BIG deal to you, but you see rarely do every one's schedules align.
Sometimes I think it would be easier to herd cats.
My God-Father, Clyde and my Aunt Carol are two VERY special people to me, and to my whole family.
We try to get together a few times a year alternating houses for dinner.
With 4 kids, them and us, trying to get wrestling schedules, work schedules, and just life in general to all land on a day that is free for everyone is sometime tough.
Thank goodness they are flexible!!
LOVE YOU GUYS!!
Monday night dinners were a tradition in my Dad's family growing up. My Grandparents had anyone who wanted to come to dinner on Monday night over, and afterward everyone just sort of stuck around, sometimes playing penny poker.
So when it landed on a Monday it felt like tradition was back.
I told my Aunt Carol that it feels as though we DESCEND upon their quiet and neat house. I mean when they come over the TWO of them VISIT...
They made one of my most favorite meals that night. Her homemade beef pot pie. She makes the most amazing pie crust...I want to learn.
Teach me Yoda.
I was in charge of dessert. I didn't want to bring something same 'ol same 'ol.
I found this recipe for banana cake on pinterest, and it looked really good!
I knew my diet would be out the window on the pot pie..and hey, it had fruit in it, right?
It's got to be better than chocolate right...well not BETTER...but less calories!
You know what I mean.
I know not much is "better" than chocolate.
look at that yummy frosting!
adapted from Bake or Break
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2Tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 ripe bananas
1/4 c milk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8x8 pan with flour baking spray.
Whisk dry ingredients together and set aside.
With an electric mixer, beat butter, oil and sugar. Beat eggs and egg white in one at a time. Add vanilla and mix well.
In another bowl mash bananas and add milk, stir until combined.
Gradually add dry mix into sugar mixture mixing well. Add banana mixture, combine well.
Placing batter and smoothing into pan, bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
4 ounces of cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 - 3 Tablespoons chopped walnuts (optional)
caramel ice cream topping (optional)
Cream together cream cheese and vanilla, add sugar and continue to cream together.
Spread frosting onto cooled cake.
I topped mine with some drizzled caramel ice cream topping and about 2 Tablespoons of chopped walnuts.
This cake was REALLY good!! It really is more of the consistency of banana bread. Very dense.
But utterly scrumptious!