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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Banana Cake

Saturday night I attended a birthday gathering for my (Step mom in law?) Husband's Step Mom's 50th birthday.  I decided I would make some kind of a cake for the occasion, but I figured there would already be a birthday cake present.  As I pondered baking ideas for the event, my eyes wandered to the counter where I spotted these:

Over-ripe inspiration!  Banana cake it is!

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
4 mashed bananas
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon

First odd, mix together the butter and sugar, then add in your eggs one at a time.  This is actually a banana bread recipe that I made more "cake-like" by adding another egg and sifting the flour.  And adding frosting, that seems to help too ;)

After that's mixed together well, add in your bananas and vanilla.

Sift your flour and add it into the mixing bowl, mixing at medium low-speed.  Along with the rest of thew ingredients.  Mix until it comes together evenly.

Bake for about 1 hour (I would check it at 50 minutes as ovens tend to vary) when the middle is set and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, it is done!

This cake also gave me a chance to break in my new bread pan from Williams and Sonoma, courtesy of my friend Wilcox. Thanks dude ;)

Next, I whipped up a quick vanilla butter cream frosting, and got to work.....

I managed to only eat, you know, like 5 tablespoons of frosting out of the bowl....

I sprinkled the top of my cake with some shredded white chocolate a little cocoa powder, and then moved it to a clean, pretty plate.

This was pretty delicious!  I'm sorry I never got a picture of it sliced, I mean to take one this morning of my leftover piece, but I remembered after I ate it for breakfast.  Woops.

Happy Baking!

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