Now I must say, please do not judge my photograph! My sweet husband has been working so hard for his new business that I had to take one for the team and photograph this cake. And I must say I have a new appreciation for when my husband takes pictures for me! It is much harder then it looks! I tried every angle, lighting, backdrop possible and it just seemed to be a dud. So please forgive the horrendous pictures and just focus on a delicious little banana cake for two!
As much as it seems crazy to say, we are moving again! Is that all we do in life? Because it sure is starting to feel that way. I am trying to find a balance in my life of thinking that the Lord just has a crazier plan for our lives then we thought (which is typically the case) or thinking that we are just very bad at settling our lives in one certain house! Although it does seem that this house is "the one", as silly as that sounds, it seems as though the Lord opened up this door at the moment that another one was closing. It is in the community that Kyle primarily trains at, which is a huge blessing because now he can really work "out of home" and not at parks! But I will say that my favorite thing about the house is that it is right across the street from my sister and brother-in-laws house! We grew up living down the street from our family and cousins and I cannot wait to be so close to my nephews!
This whole craziness of finding a house in a matter of a weekend (literally that is how fast it all happened), moving in in a month, Kyle starting his own business, and being blessed with the incredible family that I have, I am sometimes overwhelmed by the blessings and by the grace that the Lord has upon our lives! It amazes me more and more each day how much we do not deserve his grace and yet in my life he has blessed me with so many amazing people and things and it seems so undeserving, and is undeserving! We have been talking about the good news of the gospel at church this month, and it just seems appropriate to share all of God's undeserved grace upon our lives.
"God put Jesus forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus."
Romans 3: 25-26
I hope that you enjoy this precious little banana cake! It was so fun to make and good to know that there is a cake that I can make for a night where we are craving something sweet but don't want a huge three layer, 8-inch cake.
Banana Cake for Two
one 6-inch cake
for the cake:
1/2 cup plus 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup mashed banana
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons buttermilk
3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
pinch of cinnamon
Preheat oven to 320º F. Butter and flour two 6-inch baking pans.
In a medium bowl, mix together the butter, sugar, banana, vanilla, and egg. I found it easier to do it in the stand mixer with the whisk attachment, or you can do it by hand. Set aside. In a medium bowl sift the flour, banking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
In the banana mixer, add the buttermilk, mix until combined. Slowly add in the dry ingredients. Divide batter between the two pans.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until cake is golden and done on the inside.
Quick Vanilla Buttercream
enough to frost 2-layer 6-inch cake
for the icing:
1 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 1/4 tablespoons milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter until white and fluffy, about 8 minutes. Add in all other ingredients and mix until combined.
I think it is easiest to frost a crumb coat for the cake, refrigerate for 30 minutes, and then frost the cake.
Keep at room temperature for up to two days, or refrigerate for up to five days.