I love how organized I am.
I also might have washed a load of laundry, switched it to the dryer, then forgotten about the clean, dry clothes for THREE DAYS. And then when I remembered and opened the dryer, I was all mad at the clothes like it was their fault for being so wrinkled. Someone, help. Maybe I need to hire that personal organizer contestant on the Bachelor. I'm sure she's super sane. No control issues there.
After debating for 10 full minutes about which banana bread recipe was probably the most wonderfulest, I landed on the go to one. Probably because you only use one bowl to make it. And then I turned it into a cake. Topped with caramelized bananas based on bananas foster. Whoa, girl.
I used my springform pan for this cake because I love that a) it is a happy green b) it makes the cake so easy to remove, and c) it is theoretically easier to wash... or to stare at contemplating washing and then walking away like something really important elsewhere in the house needs to get done. Like ignoring laundry. However, you can use a regular cake pan, just increase the baking time a bit if you use an 8in round rather than a 9in, which my springform is.
Yep, it's that good.
Also, we live in the South. The weather this morning read: 4 to 6 inch snow accumulation expected overnight. Eeek!! You know what that means, right? SNOW DAY!! Come on, snow, you can do it! There is nothing that makes me feel more like a fourth grader than disproportionate excitement over getting to stay home from work/school. Let's drink hot chocolate, watch movies, and play in the snow!
This would be a perfect snow day cake.
Bananas Foster Cake
Makes 1 9in round cake
For the cake:
3 very ripe bananas
1/3 cup melted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cup flour
For the topping:
2 regular (not overly ripe) bananas, sliced into small rounds
1/2 cup brown sugar
5 tablespoons butter
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mash bananas, then stir in melted butter. Add sugar, egg, and vanilla and mix. Sprinkle cinnamon and baking soda over mixture, then add flour and stir until just combined. Don't over-stir or cake will become tough. Pour batter into a greased pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow cake to cool.
Just before serving, create the bananas foster topping. Heat a non-stick pan to medium-high heat and melt the butter. Once butter is completely melted, add in brown sugar. Stir sugar into butter and allow to heat until the mixture is bubbly. Then add in bananas. Stir mixture for about 1 minute, or until the bananas are brown but not falling apart. Pour topping over the cake and serve!
It really, really better to snow tonight.