Our guest bakers and their yummy desserts
Banana Graham Cracker “Cake”
So Bea, Dani, and I and all 8 of our kids spent the weekend at Grandy and Poppy’s house. We don’t all get to spend that much time together in one place so it’s always a crazy, noisy treat. The kids LOVE it. My kids especially, because Dani and Bea live 5 minutes from each other and their kids go to school together, but my babies are stuck being hours away from their cousins. Like I said, there are 8 of them – here is the run-down of ages – 10, 9, 8, 8, 6, 5, 4, and 4. There’s always a short period of time every year when we have one at every age, like stepping stones. They are the best kids when they’re all together. You rarely hear arguing – they split off into twos and threes one minute and are just one rowdy crowd the next.
Anyway, Mom had made us a favorite dessert from when we were kids. For lack of a better name, we’ll just call it banana graham cracker cake. Just a taste brings back lots of memories. This is definitely best the day after it’s made when the crackers aren’t crunchy any more, but you have to realize that the bananas are going to discolor some by then. Mom’s never dipped them in anything because the cake has never been around long enough to worry about it. You’ll have to decide for yourself how unattractive you find a browning banana and go from there. This is really fast and simple and comes straight from Grandy’s kitchen.
Recipe: Banana Graham Cracker “Cake”
4 sleeves of honey graham crackers (we’ve never tried the chocolate graham crackers, but I bet it’d be good)
bananas, sliced into rounds
vanilla buttercream frosting (recipe follows)
chocolate sauce for drizzling on the top, optional
Spread one layer of graham crackers in the bottom of a 9×13″ baking pan. Coat with a layer of vanilla buttercream frosting; then bananas. Continue layering the three ingredients until you have as many layers as you want – Mom usually does 4 layers. End with graham crackers coated with frosting. Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Recipe: Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
4 Tbsp. milk (or more, depending on the consistency you want)
Having saved the best for last, we have a sweet chocolate cake made by Evie. This was made as a surprise for Poppy to help celebrate his retirement. You can find her baking instructions below.
Evie’s Sweet Chocolate Cake
Recipe: Evie’s Chocolate Cake
1 1/3 c. water
1/2 c. vegetable oil
box of chocolate cake mix
We just did the box instructions, but instead of putting it in a regular cake pan we put it in a heart shaped cake pan.