Monday, June 29, 2009

Triple Layer Banana Cake and an Award!

"Biting off more than I can chew" is something I tend to do rather frequently! As I was multitasking yesterday, my husband happened to notice one of my cookbooks open on the desk in the kitchen. I had some pretty ripe bananas and had found a recipe to utilize them...I wanted something a little different than traditional banana bread or muffins. Realizing that I was a little overwhelmed, he set out to make this cake--I always get a kick out of watching him make things, because he's so "methodical" and does not deviate the slightest bit from the recipe :) (Not to mention the fact that he always seems to use ten times more pans/dishes than I do!) I'm fairly certain this was the first layer cake he's ever made and he did a great job! The cake was baked was so moist and the frosting was a nice change! I honestly don't know that I have ever had peanut butter frosting, but it was very good! I'm actually planning to have a slice here shortly, with my cup of coffee...hopefully I can accomplish that before the kiddos wake up!

Triple Layer Banana Cake

3/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk

6 tablespoons peanut butter
3 tablespoons butter, softened
5-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
8 to 10 tablespoons milk
Peanut halves, optional

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk.

Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For frosting, in a large bowl, beat the peanut butter and butter until smooth. Beat in confectioners' sugar and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Frost between layers and over top and sides of cake. Garnish with peanuts if desired.
(Here's a picture of him diligently working and another of his finished cake!)

Source: Taste of Home

And now...onto the award! Kathy from Three on Food put a smile on my face this morning when I saw that she had passed along this award to me! I would highly encourage you to check out their blog, as they post fantastic recipes...the latest is a pizza casserole that would be very kid friendly!

There are rules to this award, so here they are:
1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

Seven things about myself that you may (or may not) find interesting!

1) I make lists for EVERYTHING and find it extremely therapeutic to cross things off!
2) I am a nurse and have no problem giving shots, but am TERRIFIED of receiving them! Don't get me wrong...I don't like to inflict pain on people, but the needle itself doesn't bother me if it's not going into me, personally!
3) I worked as a server at BW3's when I was in nursing school.
4) I'm a "retired" BeautiControl consultant and a "semi-retired" Pampered Chef consultant. Along with that, I own probably every product ever made by Pampered Chef!
5) I love boardgames...Scattergories and Loaded Questions are probably two of my favorites!
6) I'm one of three sisters and we each had a boy first!
7) I love romance and all things "romantic"...movies, gestures, etc!

I would now like to pass this award onto the following bloggers:

1) Latest Addictions
2) girlichef
3) This Stop Willoughby
4) Krista's Kitchen
5) Lynda's Recipe Box
6) "A Thrifty Home"
7) Keeper Worthy Recipes


  1. Rachel!! This cake looks soooo awesome...and thank you so much for passing this fabulous award on to me :) I'm so smiley right now!

  2. Tell Marcus I'm impressed! This looks great! I had to laugh that you commented on how much you like making lists, in the middle of a list! :)

  3. Thank you so much for the award! You Rock!

    Love that banana cake - banana cake is my ultimate favourite!

  4. That cake looks great! Yum! Men are so funny in the kitchen, aren't they? :)

  5. Sounds delicious! I love banana bread so I'm sure this is just as great, well maybe better!

  6. WOW! Your HUSBAND made that! Mine can't boil water. Can you send yours over to have a chat with mine??

  7. Love this banana bread and with pb frosting.. delicious!! Congrats on your awards.

  8. I have ripe bananas!!! I will totally try this recipe and...I eat peanut butter on bananas...this cake will be delicious...I'm sure.
    I'm impressed that your husband cooks.

  9. Sounds like a great banana cake! Congrats on the award!

  10. Thank you for all of your comments! I hope everyone enjoys this cake...I inhaled my slice this morning :)

    Regarding my husband...I am lucky that he enjoys cooking! I also like that my son is able to watch him, so hopefully he'll be a good husband one day :)

  11. I've never seen anything quite like this, but it sure looks good! My kids love to dip their bananas in peanut butter for a snack, so I imagine they'd gobble this up.

  12. This is a wonderful looking cake, Rachel-I love anything with bananas!You are lucky that your husband wants to cook!
    Thanks so much for the award; I'm honored that you thought of me. Now, I need to get busy, I'm behind on posting awards. Thanks!

  13. This looks fabulous! And peanut butter in the frosting? Brilliant!

  14. My gosh, that looks so darn good!

  15. Oooh. It's got peanut butter in the frosting! Yummy! My banana layer cake recipe (from my mom) uses cream cheese. I love PB and bananas!

    I am so impressed that your husband bakes! I am fairly certain that after 12 years together, I have never seen my husband bake a thing beyond biscuits from a tube.

    Thank you so much for the award! I'm excited to post it!

  16. Your cake looks truly scrumptuous!

  17. LOL - I'm a romantic list maker too!!! ;) ;)

  18. I'm craving this cake now!! It looks like a great cake. Maybe I should make a list with this cake on it : )

  19. How very, very, very dear that your husband would pitch in and make a cake. What a gem he is. (But really, do you deserve anyone less?!)

    The cake sounds so good. I love banana cake, more than banana bread. YUM

  20. Thank you so much for the award! I'm truly flattered that you chose my blog.

    The banana cake looks so good! Your husband did a wonderful job. I usually make muffins with my over ripe bananas, but I am definitely going to try this recipe.

  21. I love this cake. It's not just banana desserts I love here, but the frosting. PB and bananas go so well together. What a man that hubby of yours is!

  22. Morning! Now following your blog.

    Checking in from sits. The big holiday weekend is almost here!

    Ms Cupcake
    Zen Cupcake

  23. That looks delicious - I love almost anything banana.

    Over from SITS to say hello!

  24. banana cake a fave in my house! yum! will try your recipe! found you via SITS!

  25. omg......this cake looks devine

  26. Yay, for honeys that bake (three layer, WOW!)cake! It really came out lovely! Btw, I know what you mean about the dishes. Mine also dirties every single inch of counter and even the appliances he didn't need. :)

    Congrats on your award and thanks for sharing a little bit about yourself. I'm with you on the list thing!