I have a question for you musical people out there. If you’re not musical, then sorry this isn’t for you (you can still listen in though, I guess that won’t hurt).
Can any of you tell me what Beethoven’s favorite fruit was?
As in… Beethoven, that famous musical composer from the seventeenth century who actually became deaf later in his life, but still composed amazing pieces.
Sooo...umm… no takers? Not even one?
Okay then. I shall just have to spill the beans.
Beethoven’s favorite fruit was… ba-na-na-naaaaa.
*snorts from laughter* Hah, sorry. I just had to stick that there somewhere.
(and if you don't know what I'm talking about, just listen to the first 5 seconds of this video. Also, I found that video by googling "Beethoven banana musical piece". True story.)
Speaking of bananas (I bet you can't say this word anymore without singing it to yourself in your head), check out this load of a banana cake. The cake is dense (think of a mud cake), overly moist and so banana-y. Plus, the longer it lasts, the tastier and more flavoursome it gets.
Oh man, and that frosting? I was tossing between using maple cream cheese frosting and brown butter frosting, but just couldn’t decide on one kind to use. So, thought I, why not use both? So that’s what I did. Double the frosting, double the flavor, double the calories. Win.
1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 1/8 cups sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
Maple Cream Cheese Frosting:
115g cream cheese, softened
3/4 cups icing sugar
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp maple syrup (or golden syrup)
Brown Butter Frosting:
1/4 cup butter
2 cups icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp milk
Preheat oven to 275° and grease and flour a bundt pan.
In a small bowl, mix mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix flour and baking soda and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in 2 tsp vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Stir in banana mixture.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist. Remove cake from freezer and spread the maple cream cheese frosting generously on the cake. Drizzle the brown butter frosting on top.
For Maple Cream Cheese frosting: In a small bowl whip the cream cheese and maple syrup until light and fluffy. Slowly add in the icing sugar and milk and beat well to combine.
For Brown Butter frosting, heat butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until it boils. Let the butter turn a delicate brown and remove from heat immediately. Add icing sugar, vanilla and milk. Whisk together until smooth and drizzle over the maple frosting.
Recipe adapted from dessert.food.com.