Hi! My name is Christy and I write the blog My Invisible Crown.
I started in September of 2012 as a creativity outlet mostly since my kids are getting older and need me now in different, less time consuming ways than they did when they were small. My Invisible Crown is predominantly about food, it’s truly one of my great passions, but occasionally you’ll see a fashion or decorating post or lifestyle post.
My husband is from new Orleans so you’ll also see a good bit of Cajun foods. I’ve decided I’m now a Cajun by default. To learn a little more about me, my kids, the Cajun and why I named it My Invisible Crown, go here.
I met Tricia through my brother Michael and his blog CBC Portugal Missions and I’m so glad I did. She’s been a huge supporter and that can be so important in the blogging world. Plus, I love her vanilla!
Today I made this fun looking Banana Split Cake to share with you guys. I love banana bread! Recently I made this Banana Split Brioche French Toast Stack so it just seemed natural to me to make a bread out of it, too.
One thing I love about cooking, baking, generally developing recipes is that you can alter or customize the foods so that they fit the way you and your family like to eat.
One thing I try and always remind my readers, if you see one of my recipes and like most of it but not all, change it! If I’m using walnuts and you don’t like them, use pecans or almonds or just leave them out. If you’re trying to eat healthy and something has sour cream, use Greek yogurt. I know it sounds simple and almost elementary for me to be telling you this, maybe it’s just me but it took me a long time to not feel as though I had to follow a recipe exactly or not make it at all and that’s so not true. As long as you don’t drastically change the basic elements of a recipe that make it work (like amount of flour or baking powder, salt, liquid) then it should turn out fine. More than fine really because it will be tailored exactly to your taste!
This Banana Split Cake is a perfect example. I used lots of fun ingredients but you may not like them all. Guess what? Change ‘em, add what you want or leave out what you don’t. Jus make it yours! That’s what I did.
In this recipe I used bananas, of course, pineapple, blueberries, coconut, pecans and topped it with maraschino cherries (I didn’t add them to the batter because we don’t like them much and wanted to use them as garnish only but you could) cream cheese icing and this amazing salted caramel. You could add strawberries or chocolate chips. You could also top it with chocolate sauce. You see where I’m going with all this, right? Good.
This really is a fairly simple recipe. You don’t even need a mixer and the presentation can really be stunning. I love a dish that’s simple but looks like you slaved away and I’m not sure I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t love banana bread.
Banana Split Bread
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 large eggs
3/4 cup oil
1/2 stick butter, melted
3 medium, very ripe bananas
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup sweetened coconut
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained reserving juice for cream cheese icing
1 cup blueberries
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (8 ounce package) cream cheese, softened
1/4-1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4-1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract, optional
1/4 teaspoon banana extract, optional
Garnishes: grated chocolate, chopped pecans, shredded coconut, maraschino cherries, hot fudge sauce, salted caramel.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter and sugar a 10 inch bundt pan.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour sugar, baking soda and salt.
In a separate bowl, stir together eggs, oil, buttermilk, sour cream and butter and add to the flour mixture stirring until incorporated.
Stir in additives, banana, blueberries, pecans, coconut, pineapple, etc.
Add vanilla and other extracts, flavorings if desired.
Pour into bundt or tube pan and bake for 1 hour or longer until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool 15 minutes and then turn cake onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely for an hour.
Beat the cream cheese until smooth.
Add powdered sugar and 1/4 cup pineapple juice and blend until smooth adding more if necessary to reach desired consistency.
Pour over cake followed by salted caramel or hot fudge sauce and additional garnishes.
So what do you think? Would you leave it, add something or take away to make it yours?
I wish I had been able to share more photos of this cake but right in the middle of my shoot, this happened!
The heavy background board I was using fell and smashed it. It didn’t totally take out the cake but made it impossible to get a pretty photo. Bummer! It still tastes good though!!
Thanks so much for spending part of your day with us! I was so nice to have you! 🙂
Christy, thank you so very much for being my guest and sharing this gorgeous cake with us. It even looked yummy after it got destroyed!
You have the most amazing food blog I’ve seen. Your recipes blow me away. My skill level in the kitchen is so far from the beautiful meals you create, and yet, you inspire me to do more and try new things.