Thursday, May 8, 2014

Banana Sheet Cake

Do you remember when the one kid in 'The Mighty Ducks' calls the other kid on his team a cake eater?  I never understood what it meant.  I always figured it was just some made up insult by the Disney crew so they wouldn't get into too much trouble.

According to Urban Dictionary, it's a slang term for a rich person.  Someone who can have their cake and eat it too.  Another explanation is that most people only get cake on their birthdays and other special occasions, so people who can have dessert all the time are spoiled.  Still pretty mild and fairly safe on Disney's part, but it's more of an insult than I thought when I first saw the movie as a kiddo.
Even though it's an insult, I would love to eat cake every day.  And I do eat cake a lot of days.  But when you're making your cake out of food that's on the verge of rotten, does that still make you spoiled?  Yeah, probably.

If you're tired of making banana bread out of your brown bananas, here's another option for you.  Bonus: it's covered in homemade cream cheese frosting!
2 eggs
2 1/4 c. flour
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. mashed, ripe bananas (~3)
3/4 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. shortening
1 tsp. vanilla
For the frosting;
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. butter, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
5 1/2 - 6 1/2 c. powdered sugar

1.  Let eggs sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.  Meanwhile grease and flour 1 sheet cake (9"x13") pan and set aside.

2.  Whisk together dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt).  Add in bananas, buttermilk, shortening and vanilla.  Beat until combined.  Add in eggs one at a time and beat for about 2 minutes.

3.  Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake at 350˚ for 30 minutes.  Cool completely in the pan placed on a wire rack.

4.  Prepare frosting: Beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth.  Add in vanilla and salt.  Gradually add powdered sugar until the frosting reaches the desired consistency.  Frost the cake once it has cooled completely.

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