Baked Lava: Lynn’s Bodacious Banana Cake

By Laurrie Piland
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This past month has been all about changes for us in the ol’ RV. We moved from Woodland to the Toutle area.
We love it here! My husband and I both lived in Toutle/Silver Lake in the 1980’s and we’ve missed it, we both discovered. So, we moved back up here to Silver Lake at the end of March and couldn’t be happier. It helps that a few of my best friends decided to relocate and move right next to us, too! Double bonus! Anyhow, Lynn (my friend) moved the evening before her birthday and there was no way I wasn’t going to bake her a birthday cake.
I found bananas super cheap in Castle Rock, so I had an over abundance of them to use up. So, I introduce Lynn’s Bodacious Banana Cake to you all!

Lynn’s Bodacious Banana Cake

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2c unsalted butter room temp
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
5 very ripe bananas
2/3 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon rum extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream butter with sugars until light. Add the rest of the wet ingredients, except buttermilk.
Combine dry ingredients in a smaller, separate bowl.
Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients alternately with the buttermilk.
Pour into a 9×13-inch baking pan that has been prepared using non-stick cooking spray or butter and flour baking pan. You can also use two smaller 8×8 inch pans if you want a double layered cake.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. (My cakes took around 50 minutes because I have a small propane oven) The cakes are done when they are set in the middle and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool for 15 minutes in the pan and then turn out on a wire rack to cool completely before frosting with…

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese, room temp
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1/4c unsalted butter, room temp
3-4 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup Dutch processed unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cream all ingredients together in a large bowl, adding powdered sugar in 1/2 cup at a time until desired consistency is reached. Use to frost your favorite cake or cupcakes.
Lynn absolutely loved her birthday cake and I loved baking it for her!
My garden is coming along great for this year. We moved most of it up here with us. Our dogs are happy. We’re happy. The cats are happy…and that is the best thing that a person could possibly write! Our first RV park potluck/BBQ in April was a huge success and Bob and I look forward to many more of them in the future.
So, until we meet up again in June…PEACE!

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