I concocted this recipe for one of Stone's library patrons. Without going into detail, suffice it to say that this child does have a wealth of material resources, was about to turn 10, and told me that she "would like to have a birthday cake someday". When I asked her what kind of birthday cake she would like to have, she looked puzzled and said, "Banana?" She then told me that she doesn't think she likes that "frosting stuff" because it looks "gooey".
I wasn't really sure where to start with a banana cake with no frosting, especially since my mobility was limited by my back issues. I threw this together, hoping it would work, and it came out beautifully. The birthday girl, and her compatriots, were very pleased. She took home the leftovers to share with her family.
Cake Mix Banana Snack Cake
1 box white or yellow cake mix
3 bananas, mashed
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix for two minutes, on medium setting, with an electric beater.
2. Pour into a loaf pan or brownie pan. Bake for at 350F for 50 minutes (loaf pan) or 45 minutes (brownie pan).