Banana Cake with Chocolate Icing Recipe

Bananas 12What do you do when you find a deal on bananas at your local grocery store?  Apparently you buy them and figure out what to do with them later.  I stumbled upon a cart full of these $0.98 banana bags.  How could anyone pass on this deal?  Well, if you are anything like my hubby, one banana is too many.  Even a FREE banana is more than he ever wants.

Bananas 1

I decided to buy them…I had visions of making smoothies, banana bread, banana pudding and even just eating plain bananas for breakfast.  Everyone could use a few more bananas in their diet, right?  Well, 3 days in to the bananas new life as being a decoration on my counter, only 1 banana had been spoken for – I took it to work to have for breakfast, and it is still sitting there today.  I had good intentions, I promise!

Bananas 2

So last night I finally decided to make something with these pretty little things.  One of my coworkers makes a wonderful banana cake with chocolate icing.  Every time that she brings in a dessert, I ask if it’s my “favorite cake.”  The answer is usually NO.  Since she won’t give me the recipe, I had to find one of my own.  After some searching, I can upon a promising recipe here.  Of course I had to add my own chocolate icing instead of the cream cheese icing that was used in that recipe, and I made a few, slight changes.  The end result was wonderful!  The cake was moist and the chocolate icing was just the right flavor for this cake.  But, the worst part of the recipe was…..DRUM ROLL….it only used 3 bananas!!!  ARGH!  Anyone want some bananas?!

The full instructions and recipe can be found below the step-by-step instructions with photos.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.  Prepare 9×13 pan by coating in butter and flour. Shake to remove excess flour.

DSC_1890

Mash 3-4 bananas until they are very runny.

Bananas 3

Add lemon juice and stir to combine.

Bananas 4

In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy (approx. 3 minutes on medium speed).

Bananas 5

Add eggs, one at a time, beating for 30 seconds after each addition.  Add vanilla and beat for another 30 seconds.

Bananas 6

Reduce mixer speed to low and add in 1/4 of the flour mixture and 1/4 of the buttermilk, mixing just until it’s incorporated.  Continue adding flour then buttermilk until everything has been added (ending with buttermilk).  Do not overmix. The batter will have a very nice consistency.

bananas 7

Turn off mixer and fold in the bananas until they are fully incorporated into the batter.

Pour batter into prepared pan and place in the oven.  Please ignore my dirty oven.  I was planning to use the oven cleaning feature on my messy oven until I watched an episode of “Panic 911″ this past weekend.  A lady burned down her house using the self-clean feature on her oven.  I’m probably going to have to be sedated if I use it again.  Sometimes I hate television!

Bananas 9

Give your handsome, 13-year-old son the spatula to lick.  Seriously, raw eggs or not, this stuff tastes delightful.  He’s still alive, so don’t judge me! ;)

Bananas 8

Bake at 275 for 45-60 minutes.  Cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Bananas 10

Let cake cool for 5 minutes and then place in freezer for 45 minutes.  I put my pan on top of a towel in the freezer because I was afraid the pan would crack with the extreme temperature change.  It turned out fine!

Remove pan from freezer and frost with chocolate frosting.

Bananas 11

Bananas 13
Banana Cake
Ingredients:
  • 3-4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups flour OR 3 cups + 6 tablespoons cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/8 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Prepare 9×13 pan by coating in butter and flour. Shake to remove excess flour.

Mash bananas until they are very runny.  Add lemon juice and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy (approx. 3 minutes on medium speed).

Add eggs, one at a time, beating for 30 seconds after each addition.  Add vanilla and beat for another 30 seconds.

Reduce mixer speed to low and add in 1/4 of the flour mixture and 1/4 of the buttermilk, mixing just until it’s incorporated.  Continue adding flour then buttermilk until everything has been added (ending with buttermilk).  Do not overmix.  Turn off mixer and fold in the bananas until they are fully incorporated into the batter.

Pour batter into prepared pan and place in the oven.

Bake at 275 for 45-60 minutes.  Cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let cake cool for 5 minutes and then place in freezer for 45 minutes.  I put my pan on top of a towel in the freezer because I was afraid the pan would crack with the extreme temperature change.  It turned out fine!

Remove pan from freezer and frost with chocolate frosting (recipe below).

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 – 1/4 cup milk (varies depending on the consistency you desire)
In small bowl, sift together cocoa and powdered sugar.   In small bowl of stand mixer, add butter, cocoa/sugar and vanilla.  Cream together, and slowly add milk until desired consistency is reached.  I mixed my icing on medium for several minutes to ensure that it was smooth.

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe – I have finally found it!

Cookie

There are only a handful of recipes that are requested on a regular basis in my house.  This cookie recipe is the #1 requested recipe, in fact, it has almost becoming annoying how often I have to make these.  I rarely memorize a recipe, but this one is burned into my brain.  I make these at least once a week because my children are excellent at guilting me into doing just about anything.  I am a pushover, trust me on this.  Oh well, they are only little once.

This recipe is one that I found online from one of the best blog postings I have ever read about baking cookies.  Please, please go to this site and read her post about baking cookies.  I learned so much by reading the entire story.

Secret #1:  Slice butter to allow it to soften faster.

Butter

Secret #2:  Place eggs in room-temperature water to keep them from curdling your batter.

Eggs

Secret #3: Sift/whisk your ingredients – Ok, I already knew this one, but I liked the pic.

Flour

Secret #4: Do not over-mix your batter and stir in chocolate chips by hand.  I knew this one as well, but it doesn’t hurt to reiterate this one because it’s VERY important.

Batter

Batter 2

So, if you love chewy, soft and non-cakey cookies, this is the recipe for you.  I exclusively use this recipe when anyone asks me to make chocolate chip cookies.  I hope you enjoy them as much as my family does.

cookies 2

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe adapted from: DesignMom.com

Ingredients:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Place soft butter in large mixing bowl and beat on high until creamy.

Add white and brown sugar and beat on high for 4- 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Reduce mixer speed to medium and add eggs, one at a time, and beat for a full minute after each addition. Finally, add vanilla and mix for another 30 seconds.

In a large bowl, sift together flour,baking soda and salt. With mixer on low, add dry ingredients in 3 batches and mix only until flour is wet and incorporated.  I tend to undermix and finish the mixing by hand (just to be safe.)  Finally, add the chocolate chips and stir just until they are incorporated into the dough.

Form your dough into balls using a cookie scoop or measuring spoon.  The cookies will spread, so leave space between.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Be sure to remove them from the oven when they are just starting to brown around the edges.  They may not appear done, but they will be fine.  Trust me!  Let them cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet.  Transfer to a cooling rack and enjoy immediately.

Cookies

Cheesy Chicken and Potato Casserole – Crockpot Recipe – So easy a kid can make it!

Potatoes 1

Before I get into this blog post, I must apologize for the horrendous pictures.   I am still learning how to use my camera, and the white chicken in this dish completely didn’t turn out correctly.  Oh well, I’m learning.

There are some days when my children surprise me.  Yesterday was one of those days.  I had thawed a bag of chicken to be used for dinner, but completely forgot to put it in the crockpot before I left for work. When my husband called me to ask what needed to be done with the chicken, I scrambled to think of what we could do with the chicken once we got home.  He suggested that I call the kids and have them put together their favorite crockpot recipe.  I was very leery about asking 2 teenagers to do anything while they are on Spring Break, much less asking them to COOK something.  I decided I would call them later to see if they would be so kind as to prepare dinner for the family, fully expecting to hear groaning and complaining.  To my surprise, I received a call from my son asking what he needed to do with the chicken.  WHAT!?  Could this be true?  My husband had called my son to ask him to make dinner, and he said “yes.”  I’m still shocked.  After explaining that “slow cooker” and “crockpot” were exactly the same thing, he was ready to prepare dinner.  He didn’t require any additional help.

I was very excited when I arrived home and, 1) my house was still in tact, 2) dinner was finished, 3) the teenagers had even folded some laundry.  I felt like I had won the lottery!

If you are looking for a quick and simple dinner, this should be your go-to recipe.  It is one of our favorites.  One important note about this is that it only requires 4-5 hours of cooking time on low, and it won’t last long if you leave it on warm after it is done.  It dries out quickly.

p.s. This recipe is “naturally” gluten free

p.p.s. My kids really didn’t fold any of the laundry.  My mom stopped by for lunch and decided to do me a favor.  Thanks mom!

Potatoes 2

Cheesy Chicken and Potato Casserole for the Slow Cooker

Ingredients:

1 bag frozen tater tots (32 ounces)

1/3 cup bacon pieces

4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts (thawed, diced, uncooked)

2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar, colby, mexican, etc)

3/4 cup milk

Directions:

  1. Cover crockpot with plastic liner or spray with cooking spray.
  2. Layer half of the tater tots in the bottom and sprinkle with 1/3 of the bacon pieces and 1/3 of the shredded cheese.
  3. Add chicken on top of the previous layer and sprinkle with 1/2 of the remaining cheese and bacon pieces.
  4. Add the remaining taters tots and top with remaining bacon and cheese.
  5. Pour milk over the top.
  6. Cook on low for 4-5 hours or until chicken is fully cooked.  Do not overcook or leave in crockpot on warm once casserole is finished.

I’m back – A quiet return to blogging with a big birthday cake

image

I know…it has been over a year since I last posted. So many things happened that made it difficult for me to blog. Ok, I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not THAT serious. I won’t bore you with the details, but it involves a broken computer, new restrictions on my work computer and a crappy camera. All of those things added up to an inability to post my recipes. Oh well…this is boring stuff, so I’m moving on.

I have been cooking and baking over the last several months, but I finally started taking pictures again recently with my new Nikon DSLR camera, so now I can start blogging.

Our youngest child turned 8 this past September. Her birthday usually falls on Labor day weekend, so she always gets ”the short end of the stick” on her birthday. We decided to have a kids birthday party for her this year, but have it at the end of September.

I was really excited when my daughter requested a chocolate cake with chocolate icing. Easy right? Well, not so much. I always have to find the best recipe, so I scoured the web and came up with.a great option. I headed to the grocery store, or just ”the grocery” if you are like my friend Joe, and purchased my ingredients. I strolled through the baking aisle and a box of Swans Down cake flour caught my attention. I have used cake flour before, and I guess I don’t use it often because I never have it on hand.

image

When I arrived home, I was reading the box of cake flour and noticed a recipe for Chocolate Fudge Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. That’s all I needed….chocolate with chocolate! I would say that this recipe is somewhat challenging, but not extremely complicated. It certainly was delicious, and I had a wonderful time decorating it. Isn’t it cute?!

In the interest of time, cause everyone knows I have only a few free minutes a day, I will post the recipe link instead of typing it all.

Hope to see you again soon!
The Accidental Cook – Cheri

Dinner Rolls – Make homemade rolls for Thanksgiving


Have you ever tried Corned Beef Hash? Not a homemade version, but the kind from the can. Oh, if you haven’t, you aren’t missing anything. Actually, you are missing something, the ability to tell everyone how horrible it is because you’ve tasted it and you know. I have never smelled and tasted something so vile. As soon as you pop open the can, the smell of dog food wafts past your nose. Yes, I said “dog food.” While they say that this is human food, I venture to guess that this is really just canned dog food and they mistakenly put a corned beef hash label on it. While my husband and I were dating, he tried to pass this off as an appropriate breakfast food. That was the first time I experienced it and THE LAST. It’s funny, because it was the last time he ate it as well. Ever since I said, “Oh my gosh, that smells like dog food” he hasn’t been able to eat it. I’m glad it’s not his favorite food, because it will never be in my pantry.

Anyway, I invited my parents over for dinner this past weekend, and I made turkey tetrazzini. I wanted to make dinner rolls to go along with it. Now, I wasn’t about to take the easy way out and buy some frozen dough or even the Brown and Serve rolls that you can buy at the grocery store. I wanted to make them from scratch.



For me, making yeast breads is so much fun. It’s a project that requires you to carefully follow the recipe. Other recipes are very forgiving, but not bread. I found a good recipe for dinner rolls on Foodnetwork.com. It had some pretty simple ingredients, so I knew it would be easy to prepare.

I am a little impatient, so the picture below is what happened in my kitchen when I needed to cool off the scalded milk. I didn’t want to wait for it to cool off naturally. So, this is the highly sophisticated way to make your bread baking go a bit faster.



This bread requires 2 rises, which isn’t tough, but you just have to plan ahead. If you want to make these for Thanksgiving, just be sure to give yourself several hours of prep time to ensure that they are done and warm by the time the family is sitting down to stuff their faces.



This story has somewhat of a sad ending. I popped them in the oven, on the middle rack, and let them alone to bake. All of a sudden I started seeing smoke coming out of the oven. Never a good sign! Half of my rolls were burnt on the bottom. I recommend putting these on the top rack of your oven, or else you will be forced to turn your burnt rolls into bread pudding or croutons.

Pretty rolls…



Burnt rolls…



Hopefully yours turn out like this…



Dinner Rolls
Adapted from: Food Network
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 package rapid rising yeast
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tbsp. salt
1 cup milk, scalded but cooled to warm
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted, plus an additional 2 tbsp (softened) for spreading on rolls
5-6 cups AP flour

Directions:
In bowl of standing mixer, combine yeast and warm water. Stir to dissolve and let sit for 10 minutes. Stir in sugar, egg, salt, milk and melted butter. Using the dough hook, slowly mix in the flour until it is just slightly sticky. The dough should be pulling away from the sides of the bowl as the dough hook is mixing. Add more flour until it reaches the appropriate consistency.

Turn dough out onto lightly flour surface and knead for an additional 4-5 minutes – incorporate additional flour until the dough is no longer sticking to your hands. Form into a tight ball.

Spray a bowl with cooking spray and place the dough into the bowl, turning the dough to coat it with oil. Cover with a towel and place in a warm area (I use the top of the stove) to rise for at least an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.

Lightly spray 2, 12 cup muffin tins with cooking spray. Turn dough out onto countertop and punch down (about 6 punches works). Using a pizza wheel, cut dough into 1-inch wide strips and then cut it again to create 1 inch cubes. Form the cubes into 1-inch balls and place 3 of the balls into each muffin cup. Once you have filled the muffin tins, cover with a towel and let them rise again for 30-45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Brush risen rolls with softened butter. Place rolls on the top rack of oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until they are golden brown.

Turkey Tetrazzini – The perfect recipe to use up your leftover turkey



I always take a break from blogging on the weekends. I am doing most of my cooking on the weekends, so I don’t have time to blog about it. I have so many recipes and pictures to post that I probably won’t have to cook all week! Ok, that won’t ever happen.



Tonight at dinner my son came up with another great line. He said, “I wonder what it would be like to eat a jelly fish?” This coming from the child who also said, “It’s been a long time since I’ve been poked in the eye.” I just love to hear the interesting things that these kids come up with.

Earlier this week I made my crockpot turkey breast recipe. We had a little mishap with the turkey because it was cooked on high for too long. Oh well, we still ate it, but it was a bit dry. I knew the only thing to do with it was to make Turkey Tetrazzini. I made this last year with our leftover turkey, and it it the best recipe out there. I adapted it from Allrecipes.com, and it’s just about perfect.



One of the greatest things about Thanksgiving is all over the leftovers. Now you have something yummy to make with your turkey, besides putting it on 2 slices of white bread slathered in Mayo. Yummm, turkey sandwiches!

This week I am going to post a lot of recipes to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers. Tomorrow I am going to share a recipe for dinner rolls along with the recipe to turn them into bread pudding the next day. Or, in my case, turning them into bread pudding because you burned over 50% of them. UGH! I’m also going to share a recipe for using up leftover cake (thanks mom).

Have a great week!
Cheri

Turkey Tetrazzini
Adapted from: Allrecipes.com
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 (16 ounce) package uncooked spaghetti or elbow macaroni noodles
1/2 cup butter
3 cloves garlic
1/2 c. onion
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups milk
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 cups chopped cooked turkey
1 cup shredded mozzarella

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a medium baking dish.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add noodles, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Drain, and return to the pot.

In large saucepan, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion until soft. Add in garlic and saute until garlic is fragrant. Stir in flour. Slowly whisk in chicken broth and milk. Cook and stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Stir in Parmesan cheese, and remove from heat. Mix in the turkey.

Pour sauce over noodles and stir to combine. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and top with mozzarella cheese. Bake 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until surface is lightly browned. Bake 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until surface is lightly browned.

White Chocolate Lemon Rice Krispy Treats



What’s your favorite dessert? Without hesitation I can tell you that I have 2 – Cheesecake and Rice Krispy treats. I actually eat Rice Krispy treats more often than cheesecake because they are easier to make and I can find them in coffee shops and vending machines. I am a Rice Krispy treat purist. I don’t need anything fancy in them, just the normal recipe from the side of the box.



A couple of months ago there was a bake sale where I work. There were all kinds of goodies, but I headed straight for the Rice Krispies. They were all individually packaged and had little labels on the outside. To my surprise…they were flavored Rice Krispy treats. WHAT!? When did this start happening? People are making them into special flavors now?? As soon as I saw the white chocolate/lemon flavor, I knew I had to try them. I love white chocolate more than any other chocolate. Shhhhh, don’t tell my oldest daughter, she would probably disown me if she knew that. These Rice Krispy treats were delightful. They were gooey and sweet….perfection!



Last night I had a craving for Rice Krispy treats, so I thought I should try to reinvent the white chocolate lemon version. I found a recipe online and got to work. My little sous chef decided to help me make them. I let him have the job of zesting the lemons. I realize that the tool he is using in the pic below isn’t a zester, but I don’t have a zester and the grater works just fine. Although, if anyone wants to buy me a zester (hint, hint to my family for Christmas), I would gladly accept it and use it.



These treats take no more than 10 minutes to prepare. I have to admit that these were not as “chocolaty” as the ones from the bake sale, but I’m ok with that. The flavors in this recipe were more subtle, and I think that’s ok, especially if you are going to make these for a crowd of people. I would certainly like to play around with this recipe in the future to make them more like the ones I had at the bake sale. I’ll keep you posted. Anyone have any other interesting Rice Krispy flavors that they’ve tried? I need some creative ideas for the holidays!



White Chocolate Lemon Rice Krispy Treats
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
3 tbsp butter
4 cups mini marshmallows
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Zest of 1 lemon

Directions:
Pour Rice Krispy cereal into a large bowl and set aside.

Melt butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until they are fully melted.

Remove from heat and add in white chocolate and lemon zest. Stir until all of the chips are melted.

Pour marshmallow/chocolate mixture over the top of the Rice Krispies and stir until the mixture is fully combined and sticky.

Press the mixture into a 9×13 pan. Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes. Cut and serve!

Previous Older Entries

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 298 other followers