TWD: Lots of Ways Banana Cake

Apologies to the banana cake. This photograph does not do you justice!

I really, really enjoyed all the options with this recipe. Basically, as long as you have some over-ripened bananas, you too can have a banana cake! I made the single layer version with thoughts of this cake serving as that early afternoon cake with coffee or tea (but basically it turned into “any time you get hungry take a slice cake”). I halved the recipe to accommodate a single layer and the only addition I made was to add only a 1/4c of coconut and added a 1/4c of the mini semisweet chocolate chips. I really enjoyed that addition and it really made the cake spectacular!

This week’s recipe was selected by Kimberly of Only Creative Opportunities so head on over to her blog so you also can enjoy the versatility of this recipe!


TWD: Chockablock Cookies

This week’s recipe was selected by Mary of Popsicles and Sandy Feet. I highly suggest that you head over there for the recipe because these cookies are so versatile!

Like many of the other bakers, I left out the shortening and used additional butter instead. I did find the molasses to be fairly strong though both in smell and taste so the next time I make these cookies I will sub in brown sugar instead. I opted for peanuts and a tropical dried fruit mix (papaya, pineapple &  mango from the Sun Maid Tropical Trio pack). I really wasn’t sure how the tropical fruit would work out but I wanted to give it a try because of the coconut! Turns out it was delicious! We ate a few cookies and then I froze half the batch. My husband was very hesitant to try the cookies but he really enjoyed them (although he had to think about it again after he found out what the ingredients were!). He thought these would be great to take along hiking.

TWD: Coconut Lime Tea Cake

I can’t believe it has been so long since I have posted! The end of winter has been very hectic in our household but there is no time like Easter to get back on track!

I baked the coconut lime tea cake for Easter Sunday’s dessert and it was just perfect! The lime was very noticeable and the cake was so moist and so fluffy at the same time- a really great ending to a delicious Easter meal! As far as the other options went, I opted for the sweetened coconut & definitely the dark rum (considering I have 2 bottles of it over here!) I think for the next time though I will make a glaze to top it off 🙂 This was recipe was chosen by Carmen of Carmen Cooks, head on over there for the recipe!

TWD: Coconut-Roasted Pineapple Dacquoise

Roasted Pineapple Deliciousness!

This recipe was originally chosen back in June by Andrea of Andrea in the Kitchen and you can find the link to the recipe on her blog. I’m glad I finally got to make it!!

I made it this past weekend as a gift for my friend for the release of his second CD! Congrats Lucas!

Seriously, the roasted pineapple was such a treat! I would go through all the fun of cutting up a pineapple again just to roast it. Great flavors all around!