Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Peanut Butter & Banana Cake.

Happy First Day of Spring! It is finally here! They are calling for record temperatures here this week, today it is supposed to get up to 10 C (about 55 F), it is supposed to continually rise until Thursday, it is supposed to go up to about 20 C (about 70 F). Typical highs for March are about 4 C (about 40 F). None of these conversions are exact, i just checked the weather network website, changed it to F and wrote what it said there.

Late last week, I got the Spring Kraft What's cooking magazine in the mail. I found this recipe on page 14, here is a LINK to the recipe on their website. I decided to make this recipe at the last minute for a Spring/St Patrick's Day Potluck we had at work Friday. It was a toss up between this and chocolate chip cookies and since I had a lot to do Friday morning, i finally decided on the cake because i would have half an hour to get ready to go out while it baked; cookies I would have to babysit, in and out of the oven.

Peanut Butter & Banana Cake:

2 eggs.
1/2 cup oil.
1/2 cup sugar.
1/2 cup packed brown sugar.
1 cup mashed ripe bananas, about  three.
1+1/2 cup flour.
1 tsp baking powder.
1/2 tsp baking soda.
1/2 tsp salt.
1/3 cup peanut butter.
1 cup icing sugar.
1/4 cup milk.

Beat eggs, oil and sugars in mixer until smooth. Add bananas, mix well. In another bowl, combine flour, powder, soda and salt. Add to banana mixture, mixing well to combine. Pour into 9 inch prepared pan. Bake at 350 F for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.
To make frosting, mix all three ingredients in mixer until well combined. Spread over cake.

This was a real hit, everyone had some and there was very little leftovers. I even had to look the recipe up online because a few people wanted it! It is a great recipe for kids, just like the classic peanut butter and banana sandwich!

The cake turned out very moist, and it baked with no issues. It also just slid out of the pan, although I had sprayed it. I accidentally used Becel instead of oil (i was not paying attention), but it was warm, so it combined with the sugars nicely.

The frosting was easy and delicious! It suggested if you are short on time to just mix some peanut butter into store bought frosting, but honestly i think this way would be much easier and quicker. I don't think i used the full quarter cup of milk. I mixed the peanut butter and sugar in the mixer, then slowly added a bit of milk while it ran, until it was the proper consistency. I think it may have only taken a couple tablespoons, so be careful if you do make this.

Delicious and maybe just a little bit nutritious. I will definitely be making this one again for another potluck quickie!

Happy Spring, everyone! Hope the weather is treating you nicely to!

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