Wednesday, February 26
Banana Cake With Whipped Nutella Frosting
I love TV so much. It is weird that I am so obsessed with it, because we had no cable for YEARS. In fact we did not even have a TV. Now this was not due to financial reasons or anything of the sort. We chose not to have it. Thought it was a waste of time and neither the husband nor I really enjoyed it and we prefer that our kids play with toys and each other rather than parking it in front of cartoons.
But today? I have so many shows I can not keep up with. I am admitting it, I am a TV series addict. Special Victims Unit, Downton Abbey, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, Scandal, Nashville, The Good Wife, True Detective, Revolution, and my current favorite? Boardwalk Empire.
Holy crap! I can not get enough of that show, it is great! For those of you not familiar with the show.... It is an HBO drama that takes place mainly in Atlantic City, but also Chicago and New York City during the prohibition era and the birth of American organized crime. Between Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire I am now officially Ob-freaking-sessed with the early 1900's.
I have found that Netflix and Amazon Prime have changed the world of TV. It is SO much easier for me to enjoy the shows I love. My husband and I often start a new series together, but then I skip ahead while he is at work... My laptop is always live streaming something while I am working in the kitchen. When he returns home, I feel this guilt creeping up, like I cheated on him or something.... Do you ever feel like you are cheating on your spouse when you skip ahead in a series? I pretty much ruin all of our shows for him. I'm clearly a terrible wife!
Now what does this talk about TV have to do with Banana Cake and Nutella Frosting?Absolutely nothing.... I just love my shows!
Now for some talk about the cake. This cake is super moist, tastes like banana bread when layered with mounds of Nutella, how can you resist? My husband has a thing about hazelnut and chocolate combinations. When we were 16, he got some hazelnut chocolates for Christmas, ate them... and then proceeded to get horribly sick. So no Nutella or hazelnut anything for us for many many years, the thought always turned his stomach. I snuck it in on him while making this cake. Turns out he does like hazelnut after all and the cake was a big hit!
Banana Cake with Whipped Nutella Frosting
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup mashed banana
3/4 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
For the Frosting:
1 cup of Nutella (or any other chocolate hazelnut spread)
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-4 cups confectioners sugar
Preheat oven to 350.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter, banana, and sugar together until combined.
Mix in eggs, vanilla and buttermilk.
In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together.
Fold into your wet ingredients until combined.
Separate batter into two greased 8 inch round baking dishes. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and it comes out clean. Allow to set for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and allow to cool completely on cooling racks.
To prepare your frosting:
In the bowl of your electric mixer using the whip attachment. Whip Nutella and butter together until combined.
On medium/ low speed add in vanilla extract, salt and heavy whipping cream.
Slowly add in 1/4 cup of confectioners sugar at a time, continuously whipping the mixture. Stop whipping and adding sugar when you have a light fluffy frosting.
Frost cooled cakes as desired.