We are in Valentine craft heaven over here. Our tables are covered in pink, red, and white paper scraps and all things heart-shaped. I know many people dislike Valentine’s Day (a Hallmark holiday, they say), but I think it’s sweet. If you skip the over-priced restaurant meals, make your own cards, spread the love with kiddie (and adult) crafts, baking, long distance phone calls, and hugs…well, it can be a beautiful day to spread some extra sunshine and love.
Valentine’s also gives Munchie an excuse to deliver the homemade gifts and baked goods she so loves to share. Then on Valentine’s night our little family cooks up something yummy together (last year we made individual heart-shaped pizzas) and enjoy one another in the comfort of home. How do you like to celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Got to get back to our crafts, but here’s a little snack cake I thought you might enjoy. If you like banana bread, I think you’ll like this! I prefer it warm without icing (I take mine with a hot cup o’ tea), but Munchie loves it with the creamy peanut butter frosting. The cake is sweet enough on its own for me, but that frosting is g-o-o-d. Enjoy! ♥
PB Frosted Banana Snack Cake
- ⅔ cup sugar
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened (almost melted)
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed well
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup flour
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ⅓ cup walnuts, chopped finely; reserve 2 Tbsp. for garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a square 8x8-in. pan with Baker's Joy. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand mixer) cream together the sugar, sour cream, egg, and butter until smooth. Add bananas and vanilla. Mix well. Add remaining ingredients and mix slowly until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If frosting, cool completely before doing so. Garnish with reserved chopped walnuts.
- Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting: Whisk together 1.5 cups powdered sugar, ½ cup peanut butter, 3 Tbsp. butter (room temperature), 3 Tbsp. milk, and ¼ tsp. vanilla until smooth. Frost cake or each serving. This makes more than you'll need for the cake--enjoy the leftovers on another baked treat. 🙂