Get the Jack Johnson referemce??  If you didn’t, go to your favorite legal music provider and download “Banana Pancakes”.  You won’t regret it.

Anyway…

Due to the fact that I (a) don’t have a job and (b) will be gone for three weeks this summer, I’m going to sell cakes in order to pay for my car.  Sure, cake profits won’t pay for all of it, but it’ll at least bring in some extra $$$.  This recipe is a cross between banana bread and cake – it’s really good and only takes about 10 minutes to make!

Easy Banana Cake

1.       Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 2 9-inch round cake pans with aluminum foil and liberally spray the foil with cooking spray.

2.       Melt 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) of unsalted butter in the microwave.  Stir in ¼ cup vegetable oil and 1 cup granulated sugar.

3.       Add 2 mashed, ripe bananas and 3 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping.  Don’t leave this out – it really does bring out the banana flavor.

4.       Now stir in 1 large egg, 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 teaspoons baking soda and ¼ teaspoon salt.  At this point I guess you could add some yellow food coloring to make the cake look more banana-y, but I didn’t.  On second thought… please don’t.

5.       Stir in 3 cups all-purpose flour and ½ cup milk.  I used skim because that was all we had in the CR kitchen, but you could use whatever variety you have on hand.  If you like, you can stir in some chocolate chips (I sure did) or chopped nuts (I’d recommend walnuts).

6.       Divide the batter equally between the 2 pans and bake for 20-25 minutes.  Mine took 23 minutes to bake, and they came out perfectly golden brown.  This is a sturdier cake, so it’s a good one for all you cake virgins. =O

7.       THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP!!!  Cool the cakes on a wire rack, then wrap them in plastic wrap and leave them out overnight.  The next day, they will be soft, moist, and really yummy. J

Of course, some people like their cakes with frosting.  I use this frosting for all my cakes – it’s foolproof and tastes just as good as every other buttercream frosting in the world, which as you know, is amazing.

Easy Vanilla Frosting

1.       Combine 1 stick of butter, 3 cups of powdered sugar, ¼ cup milk, and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract in a bowl.  Use an electric mixer… please?  If you don’t, your frosting won’t come together properly.  If it looks too watery, and more sugar.  If it looks too dry, add a splash of milk.

2.       Frost your cake.  It doesn’t have to look pretty.  Decorate as desired. 🙂

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