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
cake

  •  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
Frosting
  • 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!

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11 comments:

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 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 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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MP 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 taste..like 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... http://www.thelittlefoodie.com/2011/01/layered-banana-cake-with-peanut-butter.html
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!
Thanks

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