Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Banana Crazy Cake (No Butter, Eggs, Milk or Mess) ~ Inspired by the Depression Era Recipe (aka Wacky Cake) w/ GF Option


"We make our own cakes, in a great measure, therefore let us look to it, my brethren, that they are mixed according to the best receipt, baked in a well regulated oven, and gratefully eaten with a temperate appetite.”
~ Louisa May Alcott, An Old-Fashioned Girl

I am still on my mission and am here to share the second recipe developed for my personal "pantry cookbook" which I am including in my Proverbs 31 Preparedness Binder! No butter, eggs or milk is required in this easiest ever recipe. We also share the gluten-free alternative so you can have your cake and eat it too! It is inspired by the famous Great Depression "wacky" cake recipe. This cake is so moist and best of all, it is very frugal and a great way to use up aged bananas!


Ingredients:
  • 3 c. flour (or gluten-free flour blend)
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar (you may be able to get away with 1 1/4 c. if you want to reduce your sugar intake)
  • 2 tsp. baking soda (3 tsp. if using gluten-free flour blend)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt 
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Approx. 3 - 4 over-ripe bananas
  • 1/2 c. + 1 tbsp. oil (we use sunflower)
  • 1/2 c. cold water
  • 2 tbsp. white vinegar (use apple cider vinegar for gluten-free cake)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon together in an "un-greased" 9 by 13 inch pan.

Gently stir the dry ingredients inside the pan until they are somewhat blended.



Puree or finely mash together (in a separate bowl) the bananas and water (I used our Nutribullet for quick work).


Add the banana and water mixture, the oil and the vinegar to the pan. Stir the batter directly in the pan until combined. 


Make sure the batter is even and smooth across the top when you are finished mixing it.


Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 - 35 minutes (it is finished when a toothpick inserted inside the center comes out clean). 

The banana cake will be quite golden brown when finished but nice and moist on the inside!

Cool on a wire rack before serving and/or frosting. 



Now is the hard part! I immediately felt that banana cake required a cream cheese frosting (yes, I know, this no longer makes it dairy-free or frugal) while the frosting connoisseur (my daughter) was adamant that it required chocolate. Such tumult in the home! :) Because she offered to prepare the frosting, she won. And I must say she may be on to something... What do you think? If I had a choice, I would probably have a piece of each!

You will find our printable recipe HERE . 
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33 comments:

  1. Dearest JES,
    this sounds truly outstanding,
    I have to give it a try,
    I'm sincerely feeling so enthusiastic with this recipe of yours !

    Wishing you a joy-filled day
    I'm sending blessings across the miles

    XOXO Dany

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    1. Thank you Dany -- I hope you enjoy it! :)

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  2. Wow, what a nice recipe! Nothing that you don't have at home every day. And looks very tasty!

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    1. Exactly -- easy and down to earth... I hope you give it a try!

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  3. Thanks for the recipe JES. It looks delicious and would be nice in our cold weather.

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    1. You are welcome! With a nice cup of tea or coffee, you have yourself a piece of cake, good book and a cozy time in your chilly weather! :)

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  4. My mother always made a Depression-era chocolate wacky cake! It's so cool to learn there's a banana cake version!

    That frosting looks amazingly thick and rich--any chance you could share the recipe?

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    1. Hi Sue! I have been having fun re-vamping the crazy cake recipe for different flavors! I am glad this interests you too! I have a lot more variations to share as I get time :) I will get the frosting recipe on as soon as I am able. We do like it as it has more cocoa powder added than powdered sugar giving it a delightful taste and texture!

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    2. Chocolate Fudge Frosting
      • ½ cup butter
      • 1 2/3 cup cocoa powder
      • 2 cups powdered sugar
      • 1/3 milk (start with less)
      • 1 tsp. vanilla
      Soften butter to room temperature. Cream all ingredients together except for milk. Add milk a little at a time until desired consistency is reached.

      Enjoy! (This recipe is from my sister-in-law :)

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    3. Just checked back today and saw that you posted the frosting recipe--thank you SO MUCH (and thank your sister-in-law as well)! I've got the bananas waiting in the freezer and I can tell you for certain what's for dessert this weekend! Looking forward to making both cake and frosting!

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  5. I always feel like banana cake HAS to have cream cheese frosting. Then again, I'm a big time chocolate lover...so now I'm curious about this! I'll have to try chocolate frosting on my next banana cake. :) Looks delicious!

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    1. I share the same sentiments and was pleasantly surprised at the chocolate... but then again, chocolate and I are longtime friends! :) Thanks for visiting!

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  6. Mmmmm.... What a fabulous cake, my friend! Thank you for sharing the recipe :)

    May you have a beautiful and blessed Mother's Day! Hugs to you!

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    1. Thank you Stephanie! May your days be blessed and bright too :)

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  7. I'm not a cream cheese frosting type o' girl so I'll take chocolate fudge on mine, please. My my, that looks delicious.
    Have a great Wednesday!

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    1. One piece of banana cake with chocolate frosting... coming right up! :)

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  8. JES
    This looks so yummy! Cake or cupcakes are my absolute favorite! They are so versatile and easy! Thanks for sharing another one.
    XOXO
    Vicky

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    1. You are welcome! I am having fun with these and am glad to share! :)

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  9. Oh, now the chocolate grabbed my attention for sure... I need to grab some more plastic sleeves, my binder is bursting with would be recipes... lol

    Blessing JES, and thank you for sharing.

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    1. You are welcome! Thanks for taking the time to visit Andi! :)

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  10. JES,

    How would you describe the cake's crumb? Is it a dry, crumbly cake? Or is it moist?

    Our girls liked a burnt-sugar or a (cooked) caramel frosting on our banana cakes. When we lived in the Philippines and were gifted an entire bunch of bananas macheted fresh off the tree, the girls would nearly do a dance, thinking about the banana cake they'd frost right out of the oven. Mmmmm!

    *hugs*
    ~Kelley

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    1. Hi there Kelley! The cake is definitely a moist one! Your cooked caramel frosting has my attention!!! That sounds yummy -- I would probably join the girls in the dance! We actually have a banana tree in our backyard -- unfortunately, after 6 years, no eatable bananas yet :(

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Yum...It sounds good. I make caramel frosting for mine, but chocolate.. Yes please! How bout a chocolate cream cheese frosting? It might work! ;)
    Thanks for sharing. I'm saving this recipe!
    Happy Mother's Day, Jes!

    Hugs, Amy

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    1. Thanks Amy! A chocolate cream cheese frosting may just be the perfect compromise! :) I hope your weekend is lovely too! :)

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  12. I'll happily have a piece of your version with cream cheese and your daughter's version with chocolate. While you're at it, throw in a 3rd piece with Amy's suggestion of a chocolate cream cheese frosting!
    And some coffee, please! Yummy!!

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    1. Wouldn't that be a fun day if we all could get together for a cake and coffee party! :)

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  13. Hi Jes, it looks yummy..I'll try the receipt!
    Thanks for sharing :)
    Have a nice week-end,
    Roberta

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  14. Oh yummy! I'll have to make this someday soon :)

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  15. 'Looks and sounds delicious! Our son's favorite is a simple yellow cake with chocolate frosting. He would probably vote with your daughter! ;-) I, on the other hand, would probably prefer cream cheese. Another house divided! ;-) -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  16. This sounds great, JES... and like something the family would LOVE. :)

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  17. I made a chocolate cake version of this. It was delicious! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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  18. Oh my!! This looks amazing!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  19. This looks delicious and so simple ... just the kind of recipes I like!

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