|Banana cake ... er ... bread?|
Yep, one year and 110 posts later, here we are. And of course we have to celebrate a milestone birthday with cake.
Yay ... CAKE!
Until it turns out to be bread in cake's clothing.
I got this recipe from sasasunakku (love her site and her understanding of hangrrr!) and was really excited: banana CAKE! Apparently an old-school New Zealand favorite! How international the Ninj's first birthday would be!
So I made said cake. And it looked beautiful, thanks to the flowery kugelhupf pan (look at it up there -- wicked!). I even broke out my rarely-if-ever-used snazzy cake stand for the photo shoot. Nice.
Then we ate the "cake."
It's banana bread.
It's very, very good banana bread, mind you, but still banana bread. Just in a cool cake shape.
I'm sure Sasa's chocolate frosting would have made it much more cake-like, but you know how I am: if I frost it, I can't scam and call it "breakfast" as well as "dessert."
So thanks to all of you who have been following along since the beginning. Make some of this yummy birthday bread today to celebrate!
Banana Cake from sasanakku
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
1 cup sugar
4 bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons boiling milk (I just heated it in the microwave)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 2/3 cups flour
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Grease and flour a 8- or 9-inch Bundt or Kugelhopf pan.
Cream butter and sugar in a mixer, then add the eggs, one at a time. Fold in the mashed bananas.
In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda in the milk and mix into the batter.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder and mix into the banana mixture.
Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool in pan until it can be handled, then finish cooling completely on a wire rack.