Thursday, January 21, 2010

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting.

I was going to post a recipe to a sugar-free nectarine crisp but a)you probably don't have any nectarines (I had frozen some from summer) and b) sugar-free things are for the birds. Who wants sugar free things raise your hands. Yeah, thought so.

So instead I am posting a recipe to the sweetest cake I have ever made. Bananas are sweet. Chocolate chips, sweet. Peanut butter frosting is the sweetest frosting in the history of frosting.

After spending a whole week under gray skies and pouring rain I was ready for something to cheer us up. Enzo has been obsessed by In the Night Kitchen (Caldecott Collection)which is a funky story of a boy who makes a cake in the middle of the night and is naked in the process of baking such cake. have you ever read it? I was seriously considering waking Enzo up in the middle of the night to bake a cake with him which would make me either the coolest mom ever or the stupidest mom ever. I might still do it, we'll see. In the meantime I've been baking at 2:00pm. However, it's so dark and gloomy outside it kind of feels like it's night.

Banana Chocolate chip Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

  •  2 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Mix all the ingredients, except the chocolate chips, in an electric mixer on low for 30 seconds scraping the sides of the bowl constantly.
  3. Mix on high for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the chocolate chips and mix with a wooden spoon. 
  5. Lightly grease and flour a round pan. Pour the batter in the pan and bake for 40 minutes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  1. mix until smooth
Now for the assembling part...

  1. Let it cool completely for 1 hour. Yes this is hard. This is even torture when you have a toddler who helped you make the cake and is asking you every 3 seconds if he can have a bite.
  2. Cut pieces of wax paper and place around the cake stand so that you don't get it dirty. After you frost the cake you can remove the paper. Also, place a little frosting in the middle of the cake stand just so when you place your cake on top it won't slide. Don't I sound super profesh? I actually saw this trick on one of my food podcasts. Don't remember which one, but it's a good tip that makes you sound smart.
  3. Carefully flip the cake out of the pan.
  4. Ice it with the frosting and voila. cake. Super-duper-1 million calories- kid bouncing off the walls- cake!



sienna said...

i really love that book! i loved it as a child and just bought a copy of it and was reminded of how amazing the illustrations are. i am so glad enzo likes it. my neighbor made a cake similar to this the other day and i could not stop eating it!

Mariko said...

I love love love that book too. Amaya sometimes randomly says "QUIET DOWN THERE!" or "The milk's in me..." and I forget what she's talking about for a second, so it's especially funny.

Damaris @Kitchen Corners said...

It's a great book as is most of his books. I love when Max says "I'll eat you up"

we should eat our way through Sendak's books.

jenna said...

i have peaches in my freezer, i want the nectarine crisp recipe! although pb and chocolate chip cake sounds good. i might whip this one out for big boo's cupcakes this year.

Damaris @Kitchen Corners said...

Hi Jenna,
the crisp recipe is easy, just use honey nstead of sugar, only use less honey though cuz' nectarines and peaches are already prety sweet.

B & D said...

the peanut butter frosting looks super yummylicious!! :)

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Mary Poppins in Heels said...

You've made me drool.

Anonymous said...

This cake was a disaster!! I made it exactly like the recipe said.. My cake wasn't done in the center after 40 min..and I let it cool for an hour and it had a horrible too much baking soda and powder--bad aftertaste!! I scooped out the middle and was going to frost it..but didn't want to waste anymore ingredients..This whole thing is going in the garbage..

Mariko said...

Anonymous: I have no idea what the problem was! My sis-in-law made this a few days ago and it tasted great. ? I'll ask Da to check the measurements as it's her recipe.
I think you may like the other cake...
This one I know for sure.

Tonya said...

Well I just baked this and it looks great and smells great but it is raw in the enter...I think a standard round cake pan, you may want to bake this in two round pans to cook thoroughly.
I might let you how it turned out after returning it to the oven!

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