Banana Yogurt Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Sometimes you just want tea and cake. And you don’t care how healthy it appears to anyone else because – food for the soul, man. I bought a bundt pan after Christmas when an attempt was made at making monkey bread in the angel food cake pan with removable bottom and all of the butter ran out. But since that time I hadn’t found the perfect way to enjoy a bundt cake. Then a couple weeks ago when trying to think of what to bring to a house warming, I stumbled across some banana cakes on Pinterest and couldn’t get the thought out of my head. (I ended up bringing a veggie tray to the party, btw. Can’t always take the nutrition out of the girl.)

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Finally after acquiring a few ripe bananas, it was time to make a cake! Bundt cakes always have this sort of rustic appeal – they don’t need to be perfectly frosted, but are always moist and delicious.

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Rather than the traditional drizzle for a bundt, I opted for a thicker cream cheese frosting because really the only option for banana cake is cream cheese frosting (and you want plenty of frosting).

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There is just something about sitting down to a slice of cake and tea that’s just super peaceful. And of course the tea is black Earl Grey.

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Banana Yogurt Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Serves 16

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c softened butter
  • 1/4 c canola oil
  • 1 & 7/8 c sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice (keep the bananas from turning completely brown)
  • 1/2 c milk or almond milk
  • 1 c plain yogurt (full fat)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 8 oz Neufchatel cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups + more powdered sugar depending on desired sweetness
  • 2 T milk or whipping cream

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease and flour a bundt pan and set aside. You could also use the spray with flour but make sure every corner is reached.
  3. Mix the lemon juice into the mashed bananas and set aside.
  4. Mix together the butter, oil, and sugar in a bowl.
  5. Incorporate the eggs one at a time into the butter sugar mixture.
  6. Add in the 2 tsp vanilla, salt, milk, and yogurt. Mix well and make sure everything is combined.
  7. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and baking soda. Then slowly add in the flour mixture to the rest of the batter.
  8. Lastly, add the mashed bananas and gently fold in to combine.
  9. Pour the batter evenly into the greased and floured bundt pan (I used a 12 cup bundt pan) and bake at 350F for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. When still slightly warm, transfer to a plate by inverting cake and lifting pan. Cake should come out smoothly, but you can run a knife around the edge to loosen the cake if needed.
  11. To make the cream cheese frosting, soften cream cheese to room temperature. Mix together the cream cheese, milk, and 1 tsp vanilla. Adding 1/2 cup at a time, mix in the powdered sugar. You can add additional milk to adjust the frosting consistency to your liking.
  12. Once the cake is mostly cool, frost the cake by “draping” the frosting over the top and letting it fall down the sides. You may have some left over frosting.

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Although the cake was completely delicious, I was so happy I had C to help me eat it. And just like Jack Sprat and his wife, C and I happily share more cake for me and more frosting for him. 🙂

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I think that life needs to be embraced, and we can’t be “healthy” all the time, but we can be well and balanced in body and mind – and sometimes cake is part of that. And brownies. And wine.

What is your favorite treat for keeping balance in life with both mind and body? Do you find it’s a special food treat or maybe a lounge day?


Turning 30

Today I turn 30. (And my little niece just turned 1.)img_1776

Is it time to hyperventilate yet? I’m entering another decade!

Just kidding, I’m actually really looking forward to it and have be ok with it since I’ve been trying to act older than my age for probably 10 years now (I guess I was pretty comfortable at 25/26 though).

Although I’m a planner – I’ve come to realize planning 5 years in the future is not super advisable, let alone looking at the next potential decade, so I’m going to write a bit about my secureness in where I am now at 30.

  • I know what I want and don’t want in my career.
  • I love the job I currently have.
  • I no longer care what another person’s opinion of me is – and really haven’t for a while.
  • I’m with a great life partner – the happiest thing is when I can see us as old people together (we’re both pretty old souls – or maybe it’s just wanting to go to bed at 9pm)
  • Most of the time I walk around wondering how and when I became an adult and really disliking some of that reality. (When did the wrinkles show up!? I’m expected to know how to figure out insurance and investing?)
  • Some days I sit in my PJs for half the day ignoring the fact I am an adult – sometimes you just need a break.
  • I will march to the beat of my own drum and conductor dance to it’s music. And acknowledge with those actions I have become my mother.
  • I know that life isn’t always happy or perfect, but that’s kind of the deal.
  • I may be compassionate and sometimes nurturing but don’t think I’ll ever be a mother.  (Sorry, Mom and sisters – not a burning desire I have.)
    • Because everyone’s life and dreams are different I respect others and hope they do the same for me.
  • I’ve been blessed to find a partner that likes our little family the two of us and our dog (maybe a second sometime in the future).
  • I absolutely adore my niece and nephew and being an aunt (and think my friends’ kids are the cutest). It’s been my dream in life to be an auntie and be able to take them on trips, spoil them, and help pay for their college. I’d give those kids a piece of any organ.
  • I’m more comfortable in my body and being completely content when it’s not perfect.
  • My yoga practice has helped tremendously in “letting things go that no longer serve me” and holding on to someone else’s idea of how I should be or look REALLY doesn’t serve me.
  • Practicing the yoga yamas and niyamas  – especially after reading The Yamas and Niyamas by Adele have made me more aware of my actions.
  • I accept all the bumps in life and don’t regret anything – it brought me to where I am now and it’s exactly where I am meant to be.
  • As much as I am the “master of my own destiny” I’ve had too many “fate/coincidences” not to believe it plays some role.
  • I will always be young at heart and forever an old soul – do those two conflict?
  • My main goal in life is to adventure – and I have a hard time understanding people who would turn down an opportunity to travel.
  • I don’t like the idea of being too attached to any one place – sometimes a change of scenery is a good thing. This is why a travel – so when I come home I can see and appreciate the world for how unique it really is.
  • Some goodbyes are for the best – lives and people change, but it doesn’t mean it wasn’t a great story worthy of telling.
  • With the happenings of the last week, I am deeply saddened for the future and wonder how a place that used to be a place of refuge and hope is now a place of hate and fear. (Welcome to the second dark ages.) Everyday I wake up to a new policy and feel sick to my stomach – it goes against every fiber of my being – we are taught to be compassionate, loving human beings, to see the good in someone first, not judge them based on their sex, skin, sexual orientation, religion, or country of origin.

Ok, now breathe (deep yoga breaths every damn morning, afternoon, and night). Maybe 2017 and the year of being 30 won’t bee so bad?

PEACE. LOVE. HOPE.