WHEW! I have not updated in a long, long time! Please forgive me, I was actually very, very busy. Where did the summer go?
First! I had many finals, including a 20 page paper on Ulysses. Following this intense period, I went on a cruise with my boyfriend’s family! It was Norwegian Jewel – we sailed out of New York and traveled down to the Bahamas. It was my first time on a cruise & I enjoyed it a lot – very relaxing, and beautiful. Of course, there was also a butt-ton of food to be had. Like, sickeningly so.
I also got my old job back – and, of course, that took away more baking time from me!
Then, from June 30th to July 28th, I was in Italy, studying abroad. I stayed in the city of Verona with a host family. I had an incredible, gorgeous, relaxing and interesting time. I made a great friendship with my host parents – one that I know will last a long time, if not forever. I miss them a lot! But I am hoping to see them again someday. Overall, my time there was very moving and I took a lot back with me.
Anyway I plan to make a post today (maybe two) with photos of some things I ate and saw during my trips. But for now, here is a quick cake I put together for Steve’s parents, for their birthday:
It was a chocolate & banana cake, with peanut butter frosting.
Sadly I didn’t get such a nice photo of it. This was its final moments before consumption. RIP.
-Box of your favorite chocolate cake, or your favorite recipe
-3 overripe bananas
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease two round cake pans. After you’ve prepared your batter, mash the three bananas, and then mix them in to the batter. Divide evenly, and bake for around 30-35 minutes.
Peanut butter frosting:
One cup unsalted butter
One cup of all natural peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
4 cups of confectioners sugar
Mix together peanut butter with butter, then add 2 cups of confectioners sugar. Mix in milk & vanilla extract, and then add the final 2 cups of confectioners sugar (I liked to alternate between the wet and the sugar).
I then decorated with a chocolate glaze and peanut butter cups. Hope this holds you over until I get some real recipes up in here!