Little A is three years old. She is fierce. She is completely wonderful. She wanted a banana cake.
And who wouldn’t want to celebrate with a Whole Grain Elvis Banana Cake? This milestone is a big deal for her. She has survived three years of life with two brothers.
(Actually, they are the ones who have narrowly survived her. Remember, she is fierce.)
While I was mixing I decided to do an Elvis version of banana cake with peanut butter frosting and chocolate chips. This isn’t a health food – but there are plenty of healthy substitutions in the cake. Also note that I am a pop culture idiot. I didn’t know that an authentic Elvis cake should have bacon. You can experiment with the bacon all on your own.
On to the recipe!
A perfect celebratory cake featuring light white winter wheat and bananas. Your crew will love the creamy peanut butter frosting and pockets of dark chocolate.
- For the Cake
- 2 Large or 3 Medium Ripe Bananas
- 1 Cup Honey or Brown Sugar
- 1/3 Cup Applesauce
- 3 Tablespoons Melted Butter (or Oil)
- 2 Eggs
- ½ Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
- 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- 2 Cups White Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips + 2 Tablespoons Coarsely Chopped for Garnish
- For the Peanut Butter Frosting
- 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
- ½ Cup Natural Peanut Butter
- ¼ Cup Butter, Softened
- 3 – 6 Tablespoons Milk
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prep your pans with cooking spray or butter. You can use one 9” round, an 8” round, or two loaf pans for a groovy rectangular cake. Heck, you can make Elvis cupcakes. I’ll give baking times at the end of the recipe. Hang tight.
- Using a stand mixer (like a KitchenAid) or hand mixer beat together bananas and honey (or brown sugar). Next add in applesauce, melted butter, eggs, Greek yogurt, and vanilla. Mix on medium speed until your wet ingredients are uniformly smooth. (Especially those pesky bananas.)
- In a separate mixing bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add your dry mixture into your wet mixture. Now dump in your chocolate chips. (You might want to reserve this job for the birthday boy or girl.) Don’t over mix. Once all the dry stuff is wet, you’re good to go.
- Pour the batter into your prepped pans and bake for the following times:
- • 8” or 9” Round Pan Bake for about 45-50 minutes
- • 2 - 8 ½” x 4 ½“ Loaf Pans Bake for about 30 minutes
- • Cupcakes Bake for about 15 minutes
- As always, the mighty toothpick test is the surest way for a finished cake. Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake. Take it out when the toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool completely and then frost with creamy peanut butter frosting. Garnish with coarsely chopped dark chocolate chips. Now go celebrate with your favorite people.
- Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting
- Mix all ingredients together, except for the milk. Slowly add tablespoons of milk until the frosting is the perfect spreading consistency. Frost your banana cake and wait for compliments. This frosting is really good inside fresh, hulled strawberries, too.
Here is my little lady and a little snap shot of real life at our house. Dirty tablecloth. School papers on the table getting coated in whatever.
The boys decorated her mini banana cake and it was exactly what she wanted. I had groovy rectangles in my original cake plans – but she quickly informed me that her birthday cake would be circular. Here’s to fiercely wonderful little girls everywhere. Happy Baking.