Monday, July 18, 2011

Banana and Butternut Buttermilk Cake—Secret Recipe Club

SRC Cake for July 6-24-11

I had the pleasure this month for The Secret Recipe Club of making something from Marla’s blog, Family Fresh Cooking!  Sheesh, if you haven’t seen her blog, check it out and imagine trying to pick one thing to make and post.  I spent a lot of time browsing her entire blog and it became quite the challenge deciding what to make because everything looked and sounded so good.  I’ll be back to her blog to try more of her recipes!  I finally settled on a cake—Banana and Butternut Buttermilk Cake.  I was instantly sold on the banana and had some buttermilk I needed to use up.

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Believe it or not, I also had a butternut squash that had been in my pantry since last fall and it was still in good condition and waiting to be used.  I decided this was it—banana buttermilk cake with a little butternut squash puree thrown in.  My mind was instantly drawn to my favorite cake--Banana Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake and I knew this one would be good because I love squash and also thought of another favorite cake--Marbled Chocolate Sweet Potato Cake.  I knew the flavor in Marla’s cake would be good—and it sure was!

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First thing I did was cut up and peel the butternut squash and then roast it in the oven in little 1/2 inch pieces—simple enough.  After that and a quick gathering of the rest of the ingredients and I was in business.  I love that the cake has cardamom and cinnamon.  Marla suggested throwing in some nuts and/or chocolate chips if you’d like and well, I like!  I added 3/4 cup of toasted, chopped pecans and 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips.

This cake had great flavor with just the little added butternut squash (1/2 cup pureed squash) and of course banana, nuts and chocolate.  I used half whole wheat pastry flour and half all purpose flour—which is the same as Marla used.  The cake was baked in a 9-inch springform pan and took 48 minutes.  I would suspect this cake would make a nice breakfast treat, I never had some for breakfast, but it was sure easy to keep snitching from at other times!  Check out Marla’s cake!  Make it!

You can check out more info about The Secret Recipe Club on the link I’ve left above.  Join in.  We are randomly given another blog to choose a recipe from and make it and do so only once a month.  It’s fun.

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23 comments:

Fallon said...

Your squash seriously lasted that long? LOL!

The cake has some delicious flavors and reminds me of fall. Looks so good!

Lisa~~ said...

From our garden we always have so many butternut squashes and this recipe looks great! I can't wait to give it a try.

I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Holy Guacamole.

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Squash doesn't ruin?? The cake looks delicious though. Great pick.

Lana @ Never Enough Thyme said...

Oh, wow, this sounds delicious! I'm filing this one away for the Fall.

amanda @ fake ginger said...

I love sneaky recipes like this! It looks delicious!

Cookin' Canuck said...

Marla does such a great job of coming up with recipes that are healthy and delicious. This sounds like a wonderful afternoon snack cake.

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

Beautiful, beautiful cake - with butternut squash - I can't believe it - it's going to be my go to cake in the Fall!
Mary

marla said...

Yay!!! I am so happy you made that cake. You have inspired me to bake one up again really soon. Thanks for all of your sweet comments about my blog.
btw: hilarious how long you have had that squash ;)

Maria said...

I love banana cakes. Looks good!

Kate said...

Beautiful cake! It is so moist. I can't wait to give this a try. I am happy to be in SRC with you!

AndiWinslow said...

I enjoy baking with buttermilk, recipes always come out moist and delicious. Nice pic thanks for the http://thewednesdaybaker.blogspot.com/post Andi

Shelby said...

I can guarantee that at some point in time I will be making this. I gravitate toward banana anything and I LOVE butternut squash. It would be fun to make it and see if others could figure out what was in it!

Barbara Bakes said...

Love Marla's site too. Your cake looks so moist and delicious. I would have added the chocolate too.

Valerie said...

Your cake looks so very moist!

And how am I gonna get through that huge list of links of mouth-watering food???

BigFatBaker said...

Yum this sounds so good. Love the butternut squash in there, I would have never thought to use it in a cake!

Carolyn said...

Huh, butternut squash. I never would have thunk it! Looks great, and a great choice for the SRC.

Bizzy B. Bakes said...

This is a beauty of a cake. It is a good one, for me, to save for the Fall. I have a list for now.

Delishhh said...

This looks fabulous. Nice work on the Secret Recipe Club. Isn't it fun. I love finding new blogs and reading through them.

Jeanette said...

Nice choice for SRC - Marla's blog is stunning isn't it. Thanks for highlighting this recipe - I will have to give it a try.

Megan's Cookin' said...

I love butternut (and Marla)and I can imagine how good this cake was. Good pick!

Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy said...

I love banana cakes, but I've never thought to add butternut squash to the recipe. That sounds fabulous; going to have to try this recipe.

jillbert said...

This looks awesome! I'm laughing because I have a butternut squash sitting around and was wondering if it is still good. Maybe it is!

Amy said...

Marla's blog is one of my favorites. It's a must read for me every day!

Amy @ A Little Nosh