Yes! A Winner! Finally!!
Let’s Eat CAKE!!
Banana Chocolate-Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting
The cake batter went together super easy – and once the sour cream and mashed bananas were mixed in it was one of the Best tasting cake batters I’ve ever snitched at!
The peanut butter frosting was also very easy, and actually ended up like it was supposed to – very light and whipped. With a super good flavor!
To be honest I’m not a great peanut butter fan when it comes to peanut butter cookies, cakes, frosting, etc. (I LOVE peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, however!!)
And I certainly wasn’t sure about the flavor of banana and peanut butter.
So, I hedged a little, and instead of frosting between the layers with the peanut butter frosting (although there was certainly enough of it) I made a light, whipped chocolate frosting.
The cake batter has mini chocolate chips in it, but other than using chocolate chips/candy for decorating the top, that’s the only chocolate called for in the recipe. So I wanted a little more chocolate and a little less peanut butter.
I also made the recipe in three 9″ cake pans rather than two 8″ pans as the recipe calls for - well, actually they say to use two 8″ square pans, which I don’t have, anyway. The recipe makes a Lot of batter, and heeding Julie’s experience with her disaster cake I thought it best to use three pans instead of two. Good thing I did – all three pans were close but not quite over the edges of the pans when the cake was done baking.
The cake itself was nicely moist and very flavorful.
The recipe suggests using chocolate chips and chocolate candy such as Hershey’s Kisses to decorate the top (see their photo). I didn’t want to buy a whole bag of kisses – and a whole bag of chocolate chips, for that matter – just to use a few on the cake, so I scoured through the store to see what else was available.
I found the perfect things! One was a a Nestle Toll House chip called “DelightFuls” – I’d never heard of them but maybe you guys have? They are basically regular-sized chips that are filled with peanut butter – they also have ones that are filled with mint, or raspberry, etc. – and they come in a small bag.
The other thing I found was Reese’s Pieces “Mini” peanut butter cups – they are unwrapped and only about a half-inch tall, and also come in a small bag.
So those are what I decorated the cake with! Turned out really good!
Like most of these kinds of cakes that we’re making, this one is Very rich.
Finally – a cake good enough to share with neighbors! And I’ll also take some into work on Monday! YAY!!