Saturday, November 17, 2012

banana chocolate spice cake

Happy Birthday to the girl who requested a cake using chocolate, bananas and acorns!!  I just happened to see this recipe posted online a day or two later and was overjoyed.  The icing on this cake is velvety- great choice and great flavor combination.  Make these acorns to garnish the cake.

banana chocolate spice cake (Your Cup of Cake)
1 box yellow cake mix
2 large ripe bananas
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 eggs
1/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup buttermilk (I put 1 tsp. vinegar into milk)
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

chocolate spice buttercream icing (I halved this recipe for a bundt cake)
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2-3 cups powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, use a fork to mash bananas with baking soda and lemon juice.
In a large bowl, combine eggs, oil, vanilla extract, buttermilk and cinnamon.  Stir in bananas.
Stir in cake mix.
Grease a bundt pan and pour batter inside.  Bake for the legnth of time indicated on the back of the cake box.
To make the icing, beat butter until smooth.  Add cocoa, vanilla, milk and cinnamon and beat again.  Slowly add powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency.  Spread onto cooled cake and top with acorns and banana chips.

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