Baking with B: Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cake

Back in college when my ex-boyfriend’s mom was visiting we knew it could only mean one thing- she was going to be bringing this famous cake that I dubbed “Mama B Cake”. It earned its fame mainly because it was the only thing that “Mama B” could (or would) bake. When she made it for you, you knew it was something kind of special. The cake was its own kind of love so I imagine that’s why it always tasted so good. Try as I might, my version will never be delicious as hers. (I’ve searched around for the original recipe for ages, but this one I found here was the closest I could get.)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cake

1 c. all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 c. overripe bananas, mashed (about 3)

1/4 c. vegetable oil

1/2 c. smooth peanut butter

3/4 c. brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 9×5 loaf pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. In another medium bowl, whisk together peanut butter, banana, oil, sugar, egg and vanilla until thick and yellow. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry, one spoonful at a time, until well combined. Pour half of the batter into prepared pan. Add cocoa to the remaining batter, stirring until combined. Dollop the chocolate batter onto the peanut butter batter, then swirl to combine using a wooden skewer.

B’s Tip: If you don’t have skewers lying around, use a chopstick, a cake tester, a knife, the handle of your mixing spoon- anything that’s long and thin!

Bake for approximately 50 minutes until knife comes out clean in the middle. Cool for approximately 10 minutes in pan before turning out onto wire rack. Let cool completely before serving.

Baking with B appears every other Monday on the Keeping Busy with B Blog. Find out why I like baking so much here. For more of my baking, click here. And for even more recipe inspiration, check out my Pinterest full of food eye candy that will have you licking your computer. Promise.

Baking with B: Chocolate Guinness Cake

Chocolate? Beer? Lime? I know what you’re thinking- how could these ingredients possibly go together?

Here’s the answer: I don’t know. But believe me, it works. The beer gives the chocolate a rich, deep flavour and the lime zest brightens things up so the cake doesn’t feel as heavy Even if you’re not a fan of Guinness (or beer in general), this is still a great cake for any chocolate lover and is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day (And no, that’s not some leprechaun trick!)

Chocolate Guinness Cake (serves 12)

1 c. Guinness beer

1 c. unsalted butter

¾ c. unsweetened cocoa powder

2 c. white sugar

2/3 c. regular sour cream

2 large eggs

1 tbsp vanilla

2 c. all-purpose flour

2 ½ tsp baking soda

icing sugar for garnish (optional)

lime zest for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F. Butter 9-inch pan and line bottom with parchment paper. Pour Guinness into large saucepan over medium heat. Add butter and heat until melted. Remove from heat and whisk in cocoa powder and sugar. Set aside. In a bowl, combine sour cream, eggs, and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add sour cream mixture to Guinness mixture, and whisk to combine. Whisk in flour and baking soda, then pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 50-60 minutes, at 350F, until tester comes out with a few crumbs clinging to it. Cool and serve with a sprinkle of icing sugar and lime shavings on top.

B’s Tip: Yeah, yeah I know it sounds weird, but go with the lime shavings! It’s honestly one of the best things about the cake.

Baking with B appears every other Monday on the Keeping Busy with B Blog. Find out why I like baking so much here. For more of my baking, click here. And for even more recipe inspiration, check out my Pinterest full of food eye candy that will have you licking your computer. Promise.

Baking with B: Honey Mandarin Orange Cake

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You know those moments where you just feel like baking something, and you kind of don’t want to grocery shopping, and you start hunting around in your kitchen cupboards for something- anything- that might give you inspiration?

Yeah. I had one of those moments this past weekend.

Lucky for me there was a tin of mandarin oranges lurking at the back of one of my shelves. It screamed to be used, so after a quick Internet search (and a search around my kitchen), I came up with my own version of the recipe originally found here.

The result? Sunshine in a pan. It’s dense and moist and actually not that sweet, so if you feel like it deserves some icing, I won’t stop you. Or make it many times over and tell me which way you like it best. I know I’m planning on it!

Honey Mandarin Orange Cake (serves 8-10)

1 c. butter, softened

3/4 c. liquid honey

4 eggs

3 c. flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 can mandarin oranges (about 234g, or 8.2 oz.)

1/2 c. vanilla yogurt

2 tbsp orange zest

Preheat your oven to 350F. In large bowl, cream together butter and honey. (B’s Tip: This will be scary and lumpy but it’s totally ok- it will work out fine. Trust me.) Add eggs and mix until fully incorporated. In a second bowl, mix together flour, baking power and salt. Slowly add to the wet ingredients until fully incorporated.

Strain juice from tin of mandarins reserving both juice and mandarins. Add juice to the batter, as well as the yogurt. Mix until well incorporated. Macerate remaining mandarin slices with fork and add to batter along with orange zest.

Pour batter into a greased 8-inch round pan and bake for 1 hour until top is golden and a toothpick in the center comes out clean. Let stand in pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

I can’t even begin to imagine all the ways you can add to this recipe, or the ways in which you could serve it. It would be great with ice cream or yogurt over top, or make your own icing and have fun adding other citrus flavors like pineapple, or mango. With a summery fun cake like this, anything goes!

Happy baking!

B

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Update: I’m so honored that the folks over at the Easy Recipes blog made their own version of the cake here. It’s a great resource for converting any recipe into the measurement of your choice. And they didn’t even pay me to say that.

Baking with B appears every other Monday on the Keeping Busy with B Blog. Find out why I like baking so much here. For more of my baking, click here. And for even more recipe inspiration, check out my Pinterest full of food eye candy that will have you licking your computer. Promise.