Monday, July 19, 2010

TWD - Lots of Ways of Banana Cake!!

So when Thursday rolls around, do you start thinking about what all you will do for the weekend like I do?  So it was Thursday and the question of the week was, what are we doing this weekend?  No response. Then came Friday and the same question.  We ended up dancing with our friends on Friday night and headed to the lake on Saturday.  I love to go if the weather is sunny and warm.  But if there is a hint of a storm, I would rather spend my time here at home.  We played lots of Phase Ten (Chandler's favorite) and I beat him as usual,  but he never stops trying.  :)  We grilled some corn, pork chops and asparagus.  Then the storm came.  Just as I had suspected it would.  So we drank some wine and watched Shutter Island with Leonardo Dicaprio.  I did not care for it.  Then we watched Remember Me with Robert Pattinson thinking it was a cute love story and would lift us up from Shutter and boy was I wrong - talk about depressing!  I will say Pattinson was much cuter in it than in Eclipse so at least I got some eye candy.  Ooohh and Pierce Brosnan was in it too!  Double eye candy.

Kimberly of Only Creative Opportunities chose this week's recipe Lots of Ways of Banana Cake!  Thank you Kimberly - it was a great pick!  Dorie offers several different versions to choose from.  Check out Kimberly's blog to see what fun things she has been up to, get the banana cake recipe, and see what version of it she chose!  I'm anxious to see what the other bakers did with this one too.   The choice of bananas was not very good at Publix this week.  But this recipe needed them to be a little on the mushy side anyway so that worked for me.

I chose to put blueberries in mine and leave out the coconut.  I thought it would taste like a banana nut bread, but it really is more like cake.  I put whipped cream between the layers, but not on top.  We loved it!  This one will definitely be on my rewind list.
Health tip of the week:  We all know sitting still for more than two hours at a time can increase your chances of blood clots.  Woman's Day Magazine says eating one cup of salsa before traveling on a plane can decrease those odds by 30%. 
Note from Peggy:  One cup of salsa is a pretty big snack though, right?  Yum.

15 comments:

Pamela said...

That's an interesting tid bit about the salsa and blood clots. I loved this cake, too and I am definitely looking forward to making it again.

Cakelaw said...

Whippd cream in the layers and blueberries in the cake sounds delicious. I love dancing - bring on the summer!!

Amanda said...

Blueberries! Yum! Sounds like a great addition! This was my farewell post with TWD after almost two years of baking along. Hope you'll stop by and say goodbye!

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your cake variation sounds fantastic! Thanks for baking with me this week!

Tia said...

i agree that this is a winner! Tia

Sweet and Savory said...

I like that you filled in with whipped cream but did not top it. That gives it just enough contrast not to diminish the flavor of the cake. Blueberries always win.

cindy said...

Blueberries and whipped cream sound great! We like to play Phase 10 dice game.

Mary said...

I think I could eat one cup of salsa per day! Good work on the banana cake..I lke the blueberry variation.

AmyRuth said...

Oh no....I'm sitting right now. I've been cleaning out closets and painting. Okay, probably just about the best little banana cake recipe, although I did like Dorie's banana bundt cake too. Have you made it? Yours looks really good. I love the blueberries in it. gotta try that.
So whipped cream must have been heaven with it.
Great work!
AmyRuth

mikejdunlap said...

I love the addition of blueberries - how creative! It looks wonderful! I sometimes buy bananas just to let sit and get black (then throw in the freezer) - nice to know they're there! Glad you enjoyed it - it was a winner!

mike
twd blog:
web.me.com/mikejdunlap

TeaLady said...

Yep definitely a repeat here. But it may not be the same one next time. I like the idea of whipped cream just between the layers. Very light and refreshing.

spike. said...

I didn't love shutter island either, need to watch remember me though- love that eye candy! hehe. The cake looks like some pretty tasty eye candy as well

SweetsSuccessBaking said...

With all the different varieties I'm finding each one more appealing than the one before. Got to get that cookbook by Dorie!

Mary at http://sweetssuccessbaking.blogspot.com/

Kayte said...

Blueberries, of course, everything is better with blueberries, and they look so cute posed cutely beside the main player this week. Nice idea. The whole thing looks lovely.

Clivia said...

Your whipped cream and blueberry version of this cake looks lovely!