Wintery days are made for indulgent comfort food. Being snowed in by 'the beast from the east' meant we had to get a little creative with what we had in the cupboards. A jar of peanut butter, some cream cheese, a couple of over-ripe bananas and voilà you have a decadent banana cake. Peanut butter cream cheese frosting on top takes it to the next level of deliciousness.
Perhaps we should have been out panic buying essentials with the rest of England but we were too busy playing in the snow (this Aussie was pretty excited to put it mildly!) Snowmageddon taught us that a snow day is the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself in the kitchen by working with what you have on hand (oh and calories don’t count when temperatures are below freezing: carby, comfort-food is key to survival!) This cake turned out so well we just had to share it with you!
For our Banana and Peanut Butter Cake you’ll need:
- 150g melted butter
- 225g plain flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 3 ripe mashed bananas
- 150g soft light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 60ml natural yoghurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 100g cream cheese
- ½ cup of peanut butter
- 1 ½ cups of sieved icing sugar
- 1 tbsp of milk or cream
1. Preheat the oven to 170C. Grease and line a round cake tin (20cm in diameter)
2. Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients (including the mashed banana) in another.
3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix with a whisk until just combined.
4. Pour the mix into the cake tin and bake for approximately 40 minutes (or until a skewer comes out clean. Once baked, let the cake cool completely on a wire rack
5. While the cake is cooling, begin to make your frosting mixture by mixing together the peanut butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer.
6. Add the icing sugar ½ a cup at a time and beat until it is at spreading consistency (you may or may not need to add the tablespoon of milk or cream)
7. Spread the frosting onto the cooled cake and top with a garnish of your choice! Crushed peanuts or sliced banana work well (be aware that fresh banana will start to go black if not eaten straight away)
8. Enjoy a slice with a cup of tea by the fire!
The snow has just about melted now but we’ll make up any excuse to indulge in some sweetness with a bit of peanut butter saltiness and we’re sure you can too!
Chrystall is Co-founder of Great Things To Do and is a Dorset based food and lifestyle photographer and writer. You'll find her in the kitchen baking, foraging around her Dorset countryside home or cosy by the fire with a nice glass of wine.