Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Banana Bread Cake

Is January over yet? 

Most of this month has gone by insanely fast. Which is totally fine with me considering I am sick of this dang "polar vortex" crap and my favorite month is coming, February. Can it just be here already? I have lots of things I am soooooo looking forward to!

Over the last month lots of things have happened. Some awesome, some not so good. There is a chance that some big changes  are coming around here, and while I'm excited I am also getting anxiety from it. 

One thing I do to get my mind off of life things is baking. I love it. Not to mention it satisfies my HUGE sweets cravings. I always seem to have 7-8 bananas frozen in my freezer. I can never use them up. So I am always looking for yummy new ways to use them. I love bundt cake so this specific time I was trying to find a recipe to use my bundt pan and I found this keeper.

Probably the most moist banana bread I have ever had. And the sweet cinnamon swirl just added that little bit of extra sweetness to it that put the cake over the edge. I'm pretty sure I ate half myself.

adapted from Yes, I Want Cake
  • 3 C flour
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 T lemon juice + scant 1 C milk
  • 1/2 C butter, softened
  • 1/2 C applesauce
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 C mashed ripe bananas (about 4 medium bananas)

for the cinnamon swirl

  • 5 T butter
  • 1/4 C brown sugar + 2 T
  • 1 1/2 T cinnamon

Preheat the oven 350 degrees. 

Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. Add the lemon juice to a measuring cup, then pour the milk in. Mix, and let sit (don’t be frightened, it will curdle. It’s okay! or you could also use buttermilk, vinegar in place of lemon juice, or plain yogurt instead.)

Cream the butter, sugar, and applesauce together. Add the vanilla, eggs, and mashed bananas and mix until combined.

Alternately add the dry ingredients and the lemon juice + milk to the wet mixture. Mix until everything is well incorporated.

Combine the ingredients for the cinnamon swirl in a small bowl. Set aside.

Pour half of the mixture into a greased bundt pan. Then pour the cinnamon swirl over the batter. Pour the rest of the batter into the pan. 

Bake for 60 -  65 minutes.