April 26, 2011

.mmm, cake.

For the last few days I've had two bananas slowly getting more ripe by the day. I specifically told the man, "Don't eat those!" just so I could bake something delicious. I rarely get to bake with bananas because, really, he eats everything, even ripe bananas. While these were ripening I had to decide what to make with them.

After sitting at a tire and auto place yesterday for 4.5 hours to get my brakes fixed I came home and decided I needed a piece of cake. Dammit. So, banana cake it was. I made a super simple recipe. No frills. Just straight up banana cake deliciousness. The recipe makes an extremely moist and fairly dense cake. It's also not too sweet, which the man and I liked. Most banana cake recipes call for a full cup of sugar but I refuse to use that so, if you want it to be sweeter you could add the whole amount of sugar. I was also thinking it would be nice with a drizzle of honey, maple syrup or a light cream cheese frosting. Or you could just sprinkle it with a little bit of confectioner's sugar, like I did.

Banana Cake serves 8-10
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup pecans, chopped (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease the pan of your choosing.

Cream the sugar, bananas and oil together in a mixer. Add the eggs, one at a time. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix well. If you're adding nuts you can stir them in now, or just layer them over the top like I did.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!



  1. mmmmm is right!

    auntie b

  2. Oh my..I am definitely making this. Carter will love this for breakfast with a drizzle of my dad's honey. Now those bananas can't ripen fast enough!

  3. This is lovely! I just bought about 10 bananas for no reason I can ascertain...except to let them ripen and use them for baking. My coworker was just talking about banana cake vs. banana bread...hmmmmm....

  4. Oh this looks delicious! I've never been able to resist using my overly ripe bananas for anything but banana bread, but this I might have to try! And yes, I found weight watchers to be great! I did it online (and through my phone), so no meetings for me. It was quick and easy, and I was actually surprised by the amount and quality of the food I got to eat! Good luck, and congrats on your little one! Being a mommy is so much fun!