This cake was inspired by one in a Cake Doctor cookbook that I have had for so many years that it's falling apart. I had ripe bananas and needed a treat for a cheer board meeting, so I used the Cake Doctor recipe as a guide and put this together. As most people know, Sean is usually the baker around here...but he may have some competition with this cake.
Banana Hot Fudge Cake
1 box yellow cake mix
1 box (3.4 ounce) Jello cheesecake pudding mix
1 cup ripe banana; mashed (approximately 2 large or 3 medium bananas)
1 cup buttermilk
4 tablespoons brown butter; cooked and cooled
3 large eggs
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 jar (16 ounce) hot fudge
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan well with cooking spray. Place cake mix, pudding mix, buttermilk, mashed bananas, brown butter, and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer until the batter looks well incorporated, Slightly warm half the hot fudge sauce in a separate bowl so it is easy to stir and set aside. Pour half of the mixed cake batter into the prepared pan. Spoon the slightly warm fudge onto the batter and sprinkle with half of the chopped walnuts. Top with remaining batter and place into oven for 42-47 minutes. Remove from oven and allow cake to cool. Heat the remaining hot fudge sauce so it is slightly warm and easier to spread. Carefully spread on the top of the cake and sprinkle with remaining walnuts. Store cake, covered tightly, in the refrigerator.
I love to check the Timehop app for a few seconds in the morning to see what happened on this date in years past. It just reminded me about this washi tape discovery from back in 2012. Coincidentally it was just a couple of days ago that I tried my next new favorite use of washi tape...file folder labels. I got the idea from IHeart Organizing...along with the need for my first new label maker in over a dozen years (the cute font choices sucked me in).
This weekend a good friend from college was in town visiting and she and I tried a paper flower making class. As you can see, the tables were lined with vases of the most beautiful bouquets.
Unlike the calligraphy class I tried a few months ago, this medium I might have a future with. Although it requires a fair amount of skill, I think you can still get away with being a little messy and haphazard...that's my kind of craft.
Here's my attempt at flower making...it's wonky and filled with minuscule stringy remnants of glue gun usage...but it sure was fun.