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No matter how many times we bake together, it never ceases to be fun. I love that both of my children enjoy the kitchen and want to learn. And I’m learning that it’s totally worth the extra time and stickiness to have the help of the Princess Chef and her brother; these are memories far sweeter than any confection we cook up.
Today’s recipe is a favorite from my childhood. My grandmother (“Mama”) always made this BANANA CAKE and her homemade frosting for my birthday; nothing tastes better on a hot summer day!
Apparently my little ones agree with me, as they wanted one for our New Years Eve Family PJ Party. I hope if you try it, you’ll enjoy it as we did…especially if you have awesome helpers like I did! Here’s how we made it:
According to Princess Chef, the first step is the right outfit: hair up, hands cleaned, and apron on. I have to agree; not only is it practical, it’s fun to get ready together.
- 2 1/2 c flour
- 1 2/3 c sugar
- 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2/3 c butter (or shortening)
- 2/3 c milk
- 1 tsp vinegar
- 1 1/2 c mashed bananas (3-5 overripe ones…depending on size)
- 2 unbeaten eggs
Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Next, cream in the butter. Add your “sour milk” (the vinegar and milk mixed together). Note: buttermilk may be subbed for sour milk, but we actually think this way is the best. Next, mix in the bananas well. At the end, mix in 2 eggs that you have not already beaten.
As it’s baking, you can go ahead and whip up the frosting.
- 2 c confectioners sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 c soft butter (one stick)
- 1 egg yolk (we had fun learning how to separate the yolk from the whites!)
- Lastly, have your Quality Control Team make sure it’s all going to taste good 😉