June 14, 2007

Backyard Banana Cake

A co-worker has a banana tree growing in his backyard. He brought some to the office a few days ago and I noticed them sitting on the counter in our communal kitchen. The next day they were still there- I thought it would be funny to steal them, take them home, make banana cake and pull the old switcheroo! So I did.

The bananas are short and fat, different from other bananas I have seen and I wasn't sure about their sweetness level, so I made a test cake. It passed with flying colors. Last night I made two more cakes - one to put back at the scene of the crime and one to give to him to take home to enjoy with his family. I think that I'll be the only person who notices that bananas disappeared and cake appeared, but I'll imagine someone else strolling in there and noticing and I will get a kick out of it...and the eggs.
Backyard Banana Cake:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
3 mashed up bananas
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cream butter. Add sugar. Add other ingredients. Mix. Grease loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

"On the side" not-too-sweet icing:
1 x 3.5 ounce vanilla pudding mix
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix for 3-4 minutes until icing-like consistency.


JB said...

mmmm I can almost smell it. Mom made really great Banana Bread. Is this her recipe? They look beautiful!

Arties32 said...

Do you remember Mrs. Maltz? She was a friend in either Texas or Ohio- I can't remember which. It was her recipe and I did get it from mom a few years ago.

Sparki said...

How do you make it nice for company?

Arties32 said...

It's easy!! Just cut it onto approximately 1/2" thick pieces and make a nice presentation on a lovely platter...the icing on the side is a nice touch too!

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