26. What now? Banana Cake.

A few days ago = my day of birth. Wahoo! 26! Sound the sirens, cue the band, start the parade, etc, etc, etc. I expect nothing less than massive fanfare.

Not really. My ideal birthday is low-key, nonchalant, and nearly (but not completely) forgotten. Forgot to call me on my birthday? A-ok. Didn’t send a card? No biggie. Didn’t realize I even had a birthday this year? That’s just dumb on your part. In conclusion, I’m not really a big ‘birthday person.’

My brother sent me a Facebook album in which he threw me a party. I laughed for a long time.



Making invites



Handing out invites


Making signs for the party


The guests arrive


All in all, a great party

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: everyone needs a brother or two.

Let’s eat cake! This is my favorite cake, which is saying a lot because I  don’t think I qualify as a ‘cake person.’ Give me a cookie. Hand me a milkshake. Yeah, I’ll eat that brownie. But, I can pass on the cake – most of the time.

Except this cake. I will have this cake, and eat it too.


Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Source: random old cookbook via my mom’s collection of random old cookbooks
Printable Recipe

For the cake:
1 1/2C sugar
1/2C butter, room temperature
3/4tsp vanilla
2 eggs
3/4C buttermilk
2C flour
dash of salt
1tsp baking soda
3 bananas, mashed

4oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/2C butter, room temperature
2C powdered sugar
1tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9×13 pan.
In a bowl, beat sugar and butter. Add in vanilla, eggs, and buttermilk. Beat until combined. Stir in mashed bananas. Set aside.
In a different bowl, sift flour, salt and baking soda.
Add dry flour mixture to wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Don’t over mix.
Pour batter into greased pan.
Bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely.

For the frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter together. Add in vanilla. Beat in powdered sugar. Spread onto cooled cake.



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