The King's Cake

January 8, 2008 1:43:34 PM PST
Makes 12-16 servings
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed banana (about 3 ripe bananas)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat two 8-inch cake pans with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, cream the granulated sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat thoroughly. Gradually blend in baking soda, flour, and salt. Beat in mashed banana and 1 teaspoon vanilla until thoroughly combined.

3. Pour mixture into prepared cake pans. Bake 22 to 25 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let sit 5 minutes then remove cakes from pans and place on a wire rack to cool.

4. In another bowl, combine cream cheese, peanut butter, and butter; beat until fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until thoroughly combined. Frost cake and sprinkle with peanuts.

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