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banana cake for the soul


Pity parties don't typically make the list of themes I post, but I hope you'll forgive my whining just this once.   I have been sick for over a week now... over a WEEK! For you veteran parents this is probably nothing new, but I almost never get sick and this is the worst, most annoying cold I've had in living memory... is this just the shape of things to come with a child in daycare?  Oh the joys of parenthood.

When I'm feeling cruddy like this, comfort foods are pretty much key.  So you'll have no fancy recipes from me this week.  Just a simple, old fashioned banana cake.  Good for the soul if not the cold.  All that aside, if you are inclined to dress it up a bit for a birthday celebration, I highly recommend this chocolate sour cream frosting.  

Basic Banana Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt (or 1/4 tsp table salt)
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/2 cups mashed overripe bananas (about 4 bananas)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 8" cake round.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir until well combined. Pour batter into prepared cake pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the cake comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

Ana Degenaar (January 12, 2011 at 10:06 AM)  

I agree! Being sick for that long would definitely kill me or drive me nuts!

I hope you feel better soon. Banana Cake sounds like a perfect remedy!


Sandi (January 12, 2011 at 10:39 AM)  

I feel like my colds have been lasting much longer than they used to...and I don't even have kids!
The cake looks delicious though. :)
Feel better!

Evie (January 12, 2011 at 11:01 AM)  

Mmmmm looks tasty! Especially on a cold day like today!

Rachie @ A Chi Chi Affair (January 12, 2011 at 1:49 PM)  

Aah get well soon!!

I love baking banana bread and i'm going to give your recipe a go this weekend :-)
Rachie xo

Carolyne (January 12, 2011 at 5:36 PM)  

Mmmm. That does look delicious.

I hope you get some rest!

nlupone (January 12, 2011 at 7:25 PM)  

After reading you post, I got baking the banana bread. It was a big hit at our dinner table tonight. Thank you for sharing!

Caroline (January 14, 2011 at 5:57 PM)  

I love banana bread! This looks incredible!

Caroline (January 14, 2011 at 5:57 PM)  

I love banana bread! This looks incredible!

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