Saturday, July 28, 2012

Try a New Recipe: Banana Cake/Gluten Free Baking

We often have a few bananas lying around that are on the verge of being really too bad to use for anything.  Many times I will make banana bread or these amazing banana muffins, but last night I was in the mood for something different.  I wondered, "is there such a thing as banana cake?"   (One thing you should know about me is that I love cake.  A lot).

Indeed there is.  I found several recipes on allrecipes.com (my favorite online recipe resource) whose main ingredient was cake mix.  Umm, no.  But then I found this: Banana Cake VII.

Of course, I had to adjust it to be gluten free.  And I always wonder how that is going to make it turn out.  I used 1 cup Bob's Red Mill All-Purpose GF Flour and 1/2 cup of almond meal to replace the flour and used three whole eggs instead of 2 eggs + 1 egg white to help bind it without adding xanthan gum.  (Cause xanthan gum is nasty, y'all.  IMHO).  I baked it in a 10x13 pan because I do not have round cake pans.  Because I was too lazy to make frosting, I just dusted it with powdered sugar.

Result: really, really yummy.  The kids were dancing around singing "banana cake! banana cake!" and J looked up from his plate, and mumbled through a mouthful, "this is gluten free?!"  Indeed it is!

So try it the way it is written or try it my way.  Either way, I hope you will enjoy. :)

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