Look what I got mom…

Just remember that when you think you have it bad, someone has it worse. Case in point, my friend J has a 17 year old daughter. Never really gets into trouble (occasionally breaks curfew by a couple minutes…but calls to say she is running late). Honor roll student. Involved in lots of school sports and activities. So imagine my friends surprise when her daughter came home with tattoos on her KNEES! And if that was not bad enough, one of the tattoos is their street address.

“Great, now I have to chop off her knees when I kill her, otherwise they will know where to find me” was the response from my friend who is trying to keep her sense of humor about it so that CPS won’t be paying a visit to the home. Though in all seriousness the child might not be seeing the light of day for about a few months and an appointment to have the tattoos removed has already been made.

Why would one do this you ask? The daughter has no actual answer. Which is driving my friend insane of course(this also used to drive my dad insane). Oh sure it can be useful in your drunk college days in making sure you get home and all, but at 17 doesn’t seem that useful. I of course question what happens if they move? I guess the tattoo then becomes a memorial of sorts. Though it could come in handy when you have to apply for things. I hated when trying to find out my credit score when they did things like did you live at this address between the following year? Yikes, I’m old, I don’t remember. But maybe if I had it tattooed on my knees I would remember. :P

Makes me appreciate that other than the entire household, me, roommate, and dog all on antibiotics for completely separate things, the only other problem this week so far was to use up my bananas before they went bad. So enter the banana cake. It’s been a long time since I made an actual full size cake, I fear I almost forgot how. Okay, not really, but it felt like it. :) The cake is moist, as are most banana cakes, and studded with butterscotch chips. Topped with a nice brown sugar frosting. Yum, yum. As usual, I can not decorate a cake to save my life, which is why I like cupcakes better.

I’m off to enjoy another piece as well as thank my dog for eating used Kleenex being the worst thing she has done this week. :P

Banana Butterscotch Chip Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ¼ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs, at room temperature
6 TBSP plain yogurt
3 large VERY ripe bananas, smashed
1 cup butterscotch chips

Preheat oven to 350F.

Prepare two 9-inch round cake pans with baking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla and beat an additional 30 seconds.

Add eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition.

Mix in half of the flour mixture on low speed.

Add in the smashed bananas and yogurt.

Add in the remaining flour mixture on low speed, just until incorporated.

Fold in butterscotch chips.

Divide batter evenly among two pans. Bake until golden brown and a knife inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack. Frost when cool.

Brown Sugar Frosing

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup milk
2 cups powdered sugar, more or less depending on how thick you want it

In a saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter.

Add the brown sugar. Bring to a boil and lower heat to medium low and continue to boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Add the milk and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

Cool to lukewarm. Gradually add sifted powdered sugar.

Using a stand mixer with whisk attachment beat until thick enough to spread. If too thick, add a little hot water.


  1. I want to eat this all… and then get an address tattoo on my knees. Is that so bad?

  2. ROFL…….

  3. I have trouble committing to a haircut – tattoos are not for me.

    My dog and I traded tonsillitis back and forth one winter due to his eating used kleenex. It was a bear to get us both well. Good luck to you!

  4. Darnit, I was just going to take a photo of my knees so you’d know where to send this cake once you make it.

    And you know, SEND IT TO ME. *drools!*

  5. You had me at brown sugar frosting. (And would it be any consolation to know that our friend’s backyard is full of doggie land mines which are in turn full of kleenex and napkins…)

  6. That cake is just devilishly tempting! Scrumptious, I bet.



  7. Oh teenagers … I used to thank everybody and thing imaginable that my boys big rebel thing was … long hair … figuring long hair is probably not going to be fatal. However, it did become permanent on one head to this day.

    BUT there were no tattoos … anywhere … even to this day. I’m grateful for that now.

    On her knees?! Home address?! Gad, I’d just love to follow her thought progression for that one.

    I know it’s banana but that middle photo is making me see red velvet … but then you say butterscotch chips …

    Now that I think about it, I’d really rather be able to think like you do creating all your gorgeous sweets than how the teen came to put tattoos on her knees. Be a lot more useful and more fun.

  8. Mercedes says:

    You make the most beautiful looking desserts!

  9. Your dog eats your used kleenix? Too funny.
    Anyway…I heave a sigh of relief that my kids are grown and I don’t have to deal with a knee tat. Cripes, what next? But then, I cringe at what MY granddaughter puts on Facebook. I really AM old.
    Love your banana cake and hope you all get better!

  10. Teenagers: next time you need to do something stupid to terrify your parents, remember that body piercing is less expensive than tattoos and much easier to remove!

  11. You know, a tattoo on the knees would have been painful. Just goes to show that no kid is as innocent as they seem.

  12. Knees…really?!

  13. OMG Holy Deliciousness! I MUST make this immediately!!! And seriously, someone needs to find out why the girl got that specific tattoo, on her knee – it just makes no sense!!!

  14. The cake looks incredible, I’m so hungry right now!

  15. Ooooh, I really want to make this. I always seem to overbuy bananas and end up with almost black ones. I love butterscotch and banana combined!

  16. You know of all the places to get a tattoo, why her knees? I would think it’s so close to the bone with no fat on it that it would REALLY hurt. I once knew a girl who had the skin in between her boobs pierced. That’s the only weirder body piercing/tattoo I’ve ever heard of.

    There’s always room in my life for carrot cake. Especially when it has brown sugar frosting on top!

  17. Holy crap, on her knees?!? I thought the same thing you did, what happens when she moves?

    I love banana and butterscotch. Hmmmm….

  18. Rachel says:

    So, what was tattooed on the other knee?
    The cake looks so moist, yum!

  19. I think this cake has every single flavor I am obsessed with all wrapped up in one package with a lovely bow. Thank you!

  20. This cake looks amazing! I’m pretty sure my parents would have killed me if I got a tattoo like that!

  21. I typically don’t like bannana cakes, but this one looks pretty tastey. I’ll have to try it sometime.

  22. Oh. My. Word. My parents would have made me kneel in church and pray until those tattoos rubbed off on the kneeler. I can’t even believe that.

    The cake, as always, looks so delicious.

  23. I feel your friends pain! My daughter came home the other day and her head was shaved. She never has been in trouble and then out of the blue no hair!! I asked why and she said she was tired of washing it. I said you still have to wash your head so what is the difference.

    Would love to taste this cake but Im allergic to bananas. Thought I might do it anyway just to smell it.

  24. I laughed so hard at my desk I had to explain to my coworkers what I was laughing about. Even now I can’t stop chuckling. I guess it’s been a long week…

  25. That tattoo story would have me in hysterics… if I didn’t have a daughter :) Granted, she’s 2, but still — I feel it would be bad karma for me to laugh. So I’m just going to keep that to myself and drool all over the place at your gorgeous cake! Love the addition of butterscotch chips!

  26. Oh wow if my daughter ever did that I don’t know what I’d do!

  27. On her knees? Her home address? I’m busy thinking up several ways of how she came to that point… Can I have your friends phone number just in case I lose my sense of humor when my kids ever get this stuff in their heads -or knees-? Love love the luscious frosting!

  28. That first picture kind of looks like a cake version of lasagna. I’m with you on the decorating – slather it with frosting and it’ll taste so good, no one will complain.

  29. i have ugly knees.
    ugly fugly knees
    the middle of that cake looks insanely cavity producing–just the way i like it.

  30. Oh my god, that looks amazing. I wonder if you can substitute something for butterscotch chips, I’ve never seen them here in Europe.

  31. That banana cake looks so decadent and delicious!

  32. WOW…on her knees!?!??! 17 year-olds never have a good explaination. This cake looks SOOOO good!

  33. ha!!! How timely is this….as I said on my FB posting about my teen…there are no words.

  34. Just made this…and it’s awesome! Made it for someone who just had a baby!

  35. I’ve made this 3 times now and its sooooo yummy – goodbye old boring banana bread recipes!!!

  36. Going to make this bad boy for church in the morning! After all…it’s my all time favorite!


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