Monday, March 5, 2012

My First Cake from Scratch

I have mentioned before, that just a few years ago, if it didn't come from a box... I wasn't cooking it! It was the same for baked goods. I would play the "No one ever taught me how to cook" card all the time. Well, I am still waiting for someone to teach me and since no one seems to be jumping at the opportunity, I have ventured out and attempted to teach myself. :o)

There have been some successes and some failures... this venture was definitely a success!!

I love, love, LOVE all things banana - as long as it's not in it's original banana form. I mean, I don't dislike bananas, but they're not my favorite and I like them much better baked in something. :o) Browsing Pinterest the other day, I came across this pin that leads to this Bake or Break blog with the recipe.

Here is what a professional photo of it looks like:


Here's the recipe:

Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg white, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup milk
Preheat oven to 375°. Spray an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat butter, oil, and sugar. Beat in eggs and egg white, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.

In a separate bowl, mash bananas with milk. Set aside.

Gradually mix half of dry ingredients into butter mixture. Mix in bananas. Mix in remaining dry ingredients.

Pour cake batter into prepared baking pan.

Bake 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on wire rack.

Frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped toasted nuts (optional - I opted out)
Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese and vanilla. Reduce speed and gradually add confectioners’ sugar.

Spread frosting on cake. Sprinkle with nuts (optional).

And.... here's what my lame photos of it look like:



 

It was delicious. It has more of a banana bread texture than a light and airy cake texture, so a little goes a long way. Only negative - we were all left wanting more frosting. I think next time, I will double the frosting, cut the cake in half horizontally, slather some frosting, but the top half of the cake back on and slather some more frosting. MMMMM! I cant wait to make this again!

 

2 comments:

  1. omggggggggggg!! I SO wish you lived here right now! lol you want to ship me some? It looks amazing!

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    1. :o) You woulda loved it! Next time I come up, we'll make some -- in your new place! :-D

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