I kinda wanted to give this post the subject, "Something Old and Something New... a taste experiment with recipes" ...Or something
that made since better express my thoughts on this fun treat.
Last fall I traveled across the country with my baby to spend a week seeing my family. While staying with my mother one night I asked if I could go through her large recipe box (almost all hand-written recipes on index cards).
I went through and grabbed tons that I had remembered, felt nostalgic about, looked easy, or seemed tastey and typed them up for my own collection.
Among them, I grabbed this recipe for Banana Cake.
This one I grabbed because it looked so easy, plus it looked so cute and old fashion and I totally remember my Mother making it.
1/2 c. Crisco
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. mashed bananas
4 TBS. milk
1 tsp. baking soda in 1/2 c. warm water
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
350* for 30 minutes. Mix first 5 items well. Alternate warm soda water and flour. Last 1 tsp. baking powder, mix well.
Isn't that a cute old fashioned recipe? Where's the butter? Where's the spices? But the thing that really appealed to me-- simple, mix it all in one bowl. It seems like all the new recipes I try out all ask me to dirty 3 bowls in the process? Not my favorite.
So, I had this recipe from my Mom, but I didn't seem to have any frosting that I had written down to go with it. I'm sure she had some go-to that she used.
So a quick search around, landed me at this one from Our Best Bites. This one seemed so modern. Definitely my Something new.
The cream cheese to powdered sugar ratio was intriguing so I just had to try it. Result? It was really delicious, but definitely tasted like cheese cake. It was thick and impressive.
Pair this old recipe with this new one? Wow, it was so fantastic. The cake was a little plain, the frosting was a little intense-- that combo was perfect.
Add the fresh fruit on top? And you're just talking Crazy town Delicious!