Oh how I wish I lived somewhere even semi-warm from October through April. Countless days spent indoors can get old to put it nicely. I know a lot of bloggers out there can’t relate because well..they are
smarter luckier and choose to live in the southern or western sunshine. All I can do is look forward to our yearly vacation to somewhere warm over winter break.
Last year I visited L.A.:
The year before was Florida:
(My grandma and I)
And in 2007 was Florida once again:
2006 was back to Clearwater Beach:
So to say the least, all I do in these dreary months to hold me over till December is look back at all the fun times I have had.
Where’s your favorite vacation destination?
But of course I would not leave you with a post filled with pictures of past vacations with no mention of food. You almost thought I was going to right? No chance! Of course fall time is meant for baking with pumpkin, squash and other savory food. But for the sake of my tropical dreams, I cannot give up sweet treats with fruity tastes because it temporarily brings me to a tropical state of euphoria. Bear with me okay? =) This recipe has a little fall with cinnamon and a lot of tropical with coconut and banana!
Banana Spice Cake with Coconut Frosting
- 2 c all-purpose flour
- 3/4 c granulated sugar (I used Splenda)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 c low fat buttermilk (I used a little less than 3/4 c Almond Breeze milk with 1 Tbsp lemon juice—let sit for about 15 minutes)
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed, about 1 cup
- 2 large eggs
- 1 egg white
- 1/3 unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 (8 oz) package of light cream cheese, at room temp
- 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 3 Tbsp milk (coconut milk is recommended, but I subbed vanilla Eighth Continent soymilk)
- 1 tsp coconut extract (This is a crucial ingredient—no substitutes!)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 c sweetened flaked coconut, toasted
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with nonstick spray.
- To make the cake, whisk together flour, granulated sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk together the remaining cake ingredients in a separate medium bowl. Gradually add the banana mixture to the flour mixture, stirring until just blended.
- Pour the batter into the pan. Bake for 30-35 min or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes, then remove cake from pan and let cool completely on rack.
- Meanwhile, to make the frosting, with an electric mixer on high speed, beat all the frosting ingredients except the flaked coconut until smooth, about 1 minute. With a narrow metal spatula, spread frosting over the top of cake. Add the toasted coconut evenly over the top.
This cake would even be delicious without the frosting..but who doesn’t like frosting? :-)
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