Peanut Butter and Banana Cake

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So my little brother turned 27 on Friday.  27.  Ugh.  Anyway, he’s 27 and a father and all of these things blow me away constantly because I still picture him as a bratty 7 year old.  We took him out to a family dinner and of course I baked him a cake. What kind of cake would a bratty 7 year old boy want for his birthday?  A banana cake with peanut butter frosting, of course.  Because my brother is obsessed with our Mexican heritage I decorated the cake with a sombrero and a bandito-mustache.  Its kind of racist, so you don’t get a picture of that.  

Banana Cake – 

1 box of banana cake mix

1 ripe banana

1 1/3 cup water

1/3 cup oil

2 eggs 

 

I added a banana to the cake mix to add some real flavor, since banana cake mix kind of tastes fake.  I also added the banana to make the cake more moist since I find that cake made from the box is kind of dry. It worked!  Pour all ingredients into a bowl and beat with a hand mixer for about five minutes until the batter is really smooth.  Bake according to the box directions.

Peanut Butter icing

1 1/2 sticks of butter, softened

2/3 cup peanut butter

2 – 3 cups powdered sugar

3 tsp water

Beat butter until smooth.  Stir in peanut butter and beat for an additional 2 minutes until well blended and smooth.  Slowly add the powdered sugar until the icing reaches a thin consistency.  It should be smooth and taste delicious. 

I baked the cake with the original intention of making it a layer cake by putting some chocolate fudge icing in the middle. Unfortunately I made some kind of ridiculous baking mistake that made the cake too dense and overly moist.  I mean, it was still delicious, but I was all ‘WTF, cake”  Turns out I forgot to put eggs in the cake.  Oops.  But anyway, I couldn’t cut this cake into layers so I needed a chocolate option.  I frosted the entire cake with the peanut butter frosting and then took one of those weird meat-mallet-hammer things and broke up some chocolate chips and pushed them on the sides of the cake.  It looked super cute and like it came from a grocery store bakery – so you know, really professional.   Then i piped on some racist decorations and it was done. 

The cake was seriously delicious, even with my no-egg mistake.  The flavor combination is something that everyone should try.  I didn’t think that banana and peanut butter would be good, but it seriously is.  My boyfriend has decided that despite a previous request for his favorite cake flavor for his birthday, he needs this cake again next week.  So I will get to continue to make and eat this delicious cake again next week.  Holy yum.  

 

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