Monday, May 28, 2012

Banana Cake.

I just want to preface this post by saying this:

This is probably the ONLY recipe you will ever see on this blog... Maybe.

As I've stated from the beginning... I don't cook. I don't grill. I don't sauté, or stir fry, or whip up anything in the kitchen. But occasionally... I bake.

This past weekend, I made a banana cake (my family's famous recipe) for my brother's high school graduation party. It's basically the only thing I'm good at throwing together, because it's too simple NOT to get it right. So, I figured I may as well share it. Enjoy!

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Aunie's Great Great Grandma's Banana Cake

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups shortening (I use Crisco)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour (can sub gluten-free baking mix if you want!)
  • a dash of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 or 4 very ripe bananas
    • Helpful hint: When my bananas get brown, I stick 'em in the freezer. After I accumulate a few (I always use 4 for this recipe), I take them out of the freezer, let them thaw until they're nice and mushy, and then add them to the mix. If they're not mushy and disgusting-looking as your squeeze them out of the totally brown peel... they just won't be as good. Trust me, they'll be gross. I included pictures just to emphasize their icky-ness.
Directions:
  1. Cream shortening and sugar
  2. Stir in eggs & vanilla, set aside
  3. Mix flour and salt, set aside
  4. Mash banana with soda, set aside
  5. Stir all mixtures together
  6. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan or 2 greased loaf pans
  7. Bake @ 325 for approximately 45 minutes
    1. If you use the "toothpick method" (where you stick a toothpick in the middle and pull it out to see if it's done) make sure it just comes out clean.
  8. Frost after it's cooled.
    1. My mom prefers this with cream cheese frosting, but I prefer butter cream, vanilla or of course rainbow chip.
    2. You can TOTALLY add nuts or chocolate chips if that's your thing. I think they're nasty... so no nuts for me!

This is my mom's favorite cake recipe. She always had it every year for her birthday as a kid. It's definitely MY favorite cake... maybe it's because it's the one I always grew up with... or maybe because it's the only one I know how to bake! 

Enjoy!! ♥

PS> if you're interested in how I got my curly waves... visit this link! It's the Friar Tuck done on dirty hair + dry shampoo + bobby pins... so easy!

18 comments:

Lily Garay said...

#1 loooooks soooo good!

#2 All the pix of you are SUPER BEAUTIFUL<3

Amber said...

Look at that gorgeous hair of yours!!!!!!!!!!! Looks super cute wavy like that!

Michelle P said...

Looks yummy!

Katie said...

i love anything with bananas in it! and you look adorable!

Natalie said...

For one, this looks amazing! Two, I have that same glass to the left of you... Pier 1 right? And 3... how many pots of water do you have boiling over there??? LMAO!

Loving the new blog design!

Valerie Griffin said...

that looks sooo good and you look sooo cute :)

Hima said...

That looks so yummy. Gosh, how do you frost so neatly? Haha, you look super cute with your hair way like that!

<3Hima

Michelle @ Run Faster Mommy said...

Sounds super yummy. I'll have to try this out asap.

P.S. Your pictures are adorables. Your hair is getting so long!

Allyson Butler said...

This looks incredible (and you were so right about those bananas looking gross)! I love that sweater too...I wish yellow was anywhere close to flattering on me!

Shannon said...

Oh yum! That looks delicious! Love your blog.

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Kayla fromSealedWithAKay said...

You're so pretty Aunie! This recipe looks delicious, my boyfriend loves banana I think he'd be crazy about this cake! I'll have to try it out soon! Thanks!

xo Kayla

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

YUM...that looks so good!!
love your hair!!

Sami said...

I love banana anything so this looks delish! I think it would be good with chocolate frosting too :) Ps. You look so pretty in these pictures.. I love your wavy hair!!

Kristy said...

Love love your hair in these photos (and yes, I'm so going to try out the cake!)...how did you do that 'do?

:)

Danielle said...

That last picture of you is just absolutely adorable! Love the way your hair is in this post too.

Miranda @ All Things Lovely said...

That cake looks absolutely delicious. And you my friend, must share the wealth your gorgeousness!! <3

~Orianne~ said...

Looks good, yummy:-)

Greetings from Switzerland

Orianne

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Stephanie said...

How the heck do you get your hair to look like that without heat or product?! It looks awesome!

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