My bike tire burst while riding my bike to work yesterday. I'm not sure what happened. It was sudden and dramatic. Luckily, I was only a few blocks from work. I was able to walk the rest of the way.
I pushed my bike to a bike shop after work, and the repair man fixed it in about 20 minutes. I thought I would have to leave it overnight, but I ended up riding it home.
Every year my old coworkers have a barbecue. Even though I changed jobs recently, I was still invited. They were great coworkers, and I miss spending time with them.
I made this cake for the barbecue. One of my coworkers doesn't like chocolate, so I made a chocolate free dessert. I can't eat enough chocolate, but this banana cake was pretty great too.
The banana cake recipe came from allrecipes.com. I made it as directed. The frosting was my own creation. The ingredients for the cake are 3/4 cup butter, 2 1/8 cup sugar, 3 eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 3 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, and 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas.
The ingredients for the brown sugar frosting are 8 ounces cream cheese, 2 tablespoons butter, 6 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and 2 tablespoons honey.
I creamed together the softened butter and sugar until it was light and fluffy. This took a few minutes.
In another bowl, I combined the mashed bananas and lemon juice. I actually used lime juice, but they are close enough.
I beat the eggs one at a time into the creamed sugar and butter.
I creamed in the vanilla extract.
I added the baking soda and salt.
I mixed in a third of the flour and then half of the buttermilk.
I mixed in another third of the flour and then the remaining buttermilk.
I then stirred in the remaining flour.
I stirred in the mashed bananas.
I sampled the batter. It was good. I poured the batter into a greased 9 by 13 baking dish.
I baked the cake for 45 to 55 minutes at 275 degrees. I let the cake cool completely.
For the frosting, I creamed together the softened cream cheese and butter. This took around 4 to 5 minutes.
I beat in the brown sugar and vanilla extract.
I beat in the pumpkin pie spice and then the honey.
I mixed it vigorously for a few more minutes and then spread it evenly over the cake.
It was a flavorful and appetizing cake.
The texture of the cake was tender and moist. The frosting was silky, smooth, and creamy.
The cake had a pronounced banana flavor. The frosting was subtly sweet and had warm and inviting spices.
It had warm fall flavors. It was a well balanced and flavorful cake. It was very delicious. My coworkers enjoyed it, and I enjoyed it too.