So everything is in this cake. Okay, not everything, but a lot of different ingredients that you wouldn't necessarily bake together. Something like....bananas + chocolate chips + homemade cinnamon apple sauce. Sound good? It is.
So I didn't start out making cake...I originally wanted to make homemade apple sauce because I had three apples in the fridge that had been there for about two weeks. Yeah, time to use those puppies up.
So into this went three apples, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon, and a little bit of water. But there was way too much brown sugar, so I recommend using about half the amount. I wasn't patient enough to let the apples cook down enough till they were "saucy", but they were cooked decently enough. IMPORTANT NOTE: Water is key to successful applesauce sauciness. Without it, you will burn the apples, and that is not good. So add a little to start, and then keep adding it as need be.
Next up on the baking agenda was a dessert for a dinner with my friends, Raluca and Yvan. I was going to make chocolate chip cookies and then cut them out into out initials (yeah, yeah, cutesy-tootsy, I know), but there wasn't a single sprinkle of white sugar in my house! I know, blasphemy, right?! So the overripe banana in my freezer inspired me to make banana bread, since that uses brown sugar - no white sugar needed. But then....I realized I had no loaf pain. Fail, again. But lo and behold, I had a 13x9 pan. Voila....banana cake.
And wow, was it good. I mean, don't want to toot my own horn or anything, but......yeah. Really good. :)
Applesauce Banana Bread Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups mashed overripe bananas
1/3 cup cinnamon apple sauce
About 1/2 cup chocolate chips
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
2-4 tbsp. milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13x9-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs, mashed bananas, and applesauce until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 20-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool.
Prepare frosting. In a medium bowl, mix whisk together powdered sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla until frosting consistency. Set aside
Cut cake into two equal parts. Place one part on the bottom of a plate. Cover with half the frosting. Top with remaining cake layer. Frost with remaining frosting. DEVOUR.