Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Party, Karamu, Fiesta, Forever

Once I get a song stuck in my head, I am basically screwed. It's like I have a CD in my head playing the song over and over on repeat. I won't even fully realize it is happening, and then someone will walk by my office and ask me why I am sitting at my desk bopping my head up and down. It's really embarrassing. Right now I am just a little bit obsessed with Enrique Iglesias' new song (Baby, I like It!), which also happens to be the new theme song for The Jersey Shore, and of course, I heart the train wreck that is The Jersey Shore. I just cannot help myself. I uncontrollably pump my fist and beat the beat every time I hear this song. I am seriously considering downloading it as my ringtone. At least now I have finally gotten Usher's OMG out of my head (Evan just did a little happy dance!)

And how about that Snooki? Ain't she somethin? I hear she gets arrested this week (awesome) and that Sammi and J Woww (don't forget that second W) get into a major brawl and rip each others hair out (even more awesome). Watching that cast of characters is a total NGO (NGO means Never Gets Old for the abbreviatedly challenged).

You know what else is a total NGO...Dorie's phenomenal recipe for Lots of Ways Banana Cake (A TWD rewind, selected two weeks ago by Kimberly of Only Creative Opportunities). Oh how I love banana cake, banana bread, and basically all banana desserts. The greatest aspect of this recipe is its versality. Dorie claims you can make this recipe "lots of ways", so when she lists the ingredients, she also lists all of the very easy substitutions you can use in the recipe. So I took Dorie up on it and actually made this cake a whole lotta ways.

Lets begin with the base of the recipe. I decided to halve the recipe and make this banana cake into cupcakes. As I took out my ingredients I realized I had no butter and was low on AP flour. I subbed in 4 tablespooons of Smart Balance and 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in place of the butter and used half AP flour and half self rising cake flour. Because of the self rising flour, I also had to adjust the amount of baking soda I added in. I added just half the amount of baking soda that the half recipe called for. Finally, I subbed in low fat sour cream in place of the coconut milk.

From there, I made three variations to these cupcakes. The first was a standard banana chocolate chip cupcake, which was just heavenly. The next variation was a banana caramel cupcake. I simply stuck a Werthers chewy caramel candy on top of each unbaked cupcake and viola! you bake them up and have banana caramel cupcakes. They were phenomenal. To the last batch, I added chocolate chips, craisins, coconut and slivered almonds. Oh yeah, and I put a crumb topping on those as well!

So there you have it. Lots and lots of ways to enjoy this wonderful recipe. I am so glad I was able to try out this recipe because....wait for it, wait for it....BABY I LIKE IT!

To listen to the song and watch the video that I can't get out of my head, click here!


  1. So cute you made these into cupcakes. I skipped this recipe but really want to try it.

  2. I, too, am a lover of all things banana. Fun for you to play around lots of ways with this one!

    I get songs stuck in my head forever as well.

  3. Yum, those look great. I don't like bananas too much but I liked this recipe.

  4. YUM, I'll take two of those. Thank you! They look Delicious!

  5. Yum! Those both look and sound great!

    Love your blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  6. These look great!! I love how you made 3 different kinds with the batter! A variety of flavors is always better :)
    Would you mind checking out my blog? :D http://ajscookingsecrets.blogspot.com/

  7. These look awesome..so glad I found your blog..lotsa fun reading it!