Four Ingredients

My family LOVES cooking shows, especially competitions. The creativity the chefs have to take seemingly non-related ingredients and making a cohesive and, hopefully, delicious dish. Sometimes we look at each other and say, “that will never taste good.” Occasionally a chef will get a nod with a “never thought of that.” My mom had the great idea to challenge my dessert abilities with giving me 4 ingredients that I had to incorporate into a dessert recipe.

Bananas, chocolate syrup, pecans, cream cheese (obviously they weren’t going to go too ambitious on the first try)

My vision turned into some sort of chocolate banana “sundae”.  A few extra ingredients I added from the pantry were a chocolate cake mix, powdered sugar and butter.


2 smashed bananas got folded into the chocolate cake batter and baked in a 9×13 pan according to the package directions.

I made a quick cream cheese/buttercream icing:

1/2 c. butter, soft

1/2 c. vegetable shortening

1 tsp. vanilla

4 oz. cream cheese, soft

4 c. powdered sugar

2-3 T. milk for consistency

I topped the cake with the cream cheese icing, sprinkled pecans on top and drizzled with the chocolate syrup.

Try toasting the pecans first………I’ll do that next time.

Everyone enjoyed a slice and were the typical critics like I was really a contestant on the Chopping Block.

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One Response to Four Ingredients

  1. Aimee says:

    Your cakes all look beautiful.
    I love the creativity of this post. And thanks for entering my giveaway!
    If you’re interested, I have two other chocolatey giveaways going on right now as well. Here are the links:

    http://someonesgottapay.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/sweet-giveaway-2-pranagourmet/

    http://someonesgottapay.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/sweet-giveaway-1-coco-zen/

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