Hobbling Gourmet

So, I am the first to admit that I am a lazy person. So when I hurt my foot I thought it would be no problem to sit around and be a sloth. Turns out, I’m a fairly active sloth. I am definitely going stir crazy…which is bad because I am doing things on my foot I am not allowed to do. I broke down and baked. But I did do most of the mixing while sitting down and so I wasn’t really on my foot that much. I chose to make these because my husband was in charge of grocery shopping, which he did a good job at(he normally does not grocery shop). I put bananas on the list but unfortunately I forgot to say how many. So I got a lot of bananas. And as you know, they go bad quickly and you must do something with them. The original recipe called for a caramel espresso frosting, which I would have liked to try but hubby likes cream cheese frosting so I went with that since homemade anything has not been coming out of my kitchen.
I found these to have a nice, but not overpowering banana flavor and they were incredibly moist. I want to make it again but this time with a caramel rum mousse, which is what we had for our wedding cake.


Banana Cake

2 ½ cups cake flour
1 ½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 ½ cups well mashed very ripe bananas(about 3 large)
½ cup sour cream
11 TBSP unsalted butter, softened
6 TBSP canola oil
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts

1.Position rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350F. Grease cupcake pans and dust with flour.
2.Sift together the cake flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into a medium bowl. Whisk to combine and set aside.
3.In a small bowl, combine the bananas and the sour cream; set aside.
4.In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium-high speed until creamy, about 30 seconds. Add the oil and both sugars and beat at high speed until creamy and light, about 3 minutes. At medium speed, add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Beat in the vanilla extract. At low speed, add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating it with the banana mixture in two additions and mixing just until blended.
5.Remove the bowl from the mixer stand and stir in the walnuts by hand. Scrape the batter into the muffin pans(I used and ice cream scoop).
6.Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
7.Let cool and frost with your choice of frosting…I went with cream cheese frosting.

Source: Adapted from The Cake Book by Tish Boyle, 2006

Cream Cheese Frosting

1/4 cup butter
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
1 pound confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Directions for cream cheese frosting
Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl; beat well until smooth. Makes enough cream cheese frosting for a 2-layer cake.




  1. I adore banana cake and these look so good. I always top mine with cream cheese frosting too, but the mousse topping sounds like it would be delicious. Let us know how it turns out!

  2. Could I have one please! And then I can come back for the caramel rum mousse ones!
    That looks really good!

  3. There might be no better way to eat bananas than covered in frosting :)

  4. These look great! I happen to have 3 bananas calling to be made into something myself, I think these will fit the bill, although I have no cream cheese in the house so I will have to adapt another frosting for mine, I will have to pull out my Cake Book and see what inspires me.

  5. Mixing batter is a great way to cope with being ‘stir~crazy’. Keep ‘em comming!

  6. I’m looking forward to that caramel rum mousse!

  7. Those look just perfect. I can’t wait to see the caramel rum mousse recipe.

  8. uh huh, yes, yes, and yes. all of the above. the banana cakes, the cream chease frosting, the fresh banana slice, the whole lot looks stunning! so sorry to hear of your leg, sniff. i think banana cakes aid the recovery right? ;)

  9. Wow, those look amazing! Maybe banana cake with cream cheese frosting has a restorative effect, and you’ll be back up on your feet in no time!

  10. I like the little banana-slice garnish! And warm banana anything is my favorite.

    When I send my husband to the store the same thing happens! Potatoes – I end up with like 50 pounds. Powdered sugar – he gets me the gargantuan size. But that’s okay – I figure it’s more to cook and play with!

  11. Great use of bananas.Actually I’m more impressed that you actually baked while injured!

  12. I completely understand how you feel. I wouldn’t be able to sit around and not bake either. Love the banana cakes!

  13. Yay, Banana Cake! One of my faves.

  14. Being on crutches is definitely an inconvenience though I am greatly impressed that you actually manage to do some baking and all! I’m embarrass to say that I did practically nothing but sat on my butt and ordered everyone around when I was out of commission.

    Your injury sounds pretty nasty (I went back and read some of your previous posts), hope you get well soon and back to hockey. :)

  15. We are all begging for the caramel rum ones now!
    Cream cheese frosting rocks on everything!

  16. So great to see you back baking! :)

  17. To know that you’ve made this delicious recipe with a broken foot is really something. ;)

  18. mmmmm…frosting!! *drool*

  19. Finally, someone who believes in the necessity for towering amounts of frosting as much as I do! The muffin part looks good by the way :)

  20. Hey Peabody!

    Just for the heck of it – can we have the caramel rum mousse recipe? Or maybe you can find another use for it in another recipe?

    I’d love to see how it goes! You are a gourmet super gennnnnius.

  21. hope you continue to mend! and that frosting looks so perfectly pearly & glossy that at first i thought it was meringue

  22. Oh, at first glance I thought you have used carrots, bananas it is, even better, loaded up with cream cheeseee..now that’s perfect !! Thanks for sharing, cheers ! :)

  23. Now this is really up close and personal with a cupcake..I can almost taste it…

  24. Ok so you know what? Those photos are just mean! Mean! Now I’m sitting in a computer lab longing for baked goodies covered in cream cheese frosting. Mmmm….

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