Sometimes you're at your grandmother's cabin in Vermont and you have to whip up something quick and easy for a party taking place in just a couple of hours. In those situations you normally have just the basic baking ingredients, and a lot of bananas. You don't really have time to ice and decorate a cake, so you decide to make a bundt cake, except you can't find a bundt pan, but you can, for some reason, find an angel food cake pan. So what do you do? Make a quick banana bundt cake in an angel food cake pan, of course - what choice do you have? And of course, you have a really cool grandmother, so there's always a supply of Nutella for an easy espresso nutella glaze afterwards.
For those of you who don't personally know me (and therefore don't hear me talking about it all the time) my grandmother's cabin is a beautiful dream of a place, hidden in the Vermont forests. The woodstove is always going, my grandmother is always making sure you have hot chocolate to drink, there's a crazy windchime collection that is always providing a beautiful soundtrack to all cozy indoor crafting and dog petting. There are acres of land covered in roses and wildflowers, a small garden gnome village, peace and quiet, and an amazing view of the stars at night. Now that I'm living in a city, this place feels sacred. After 3 months of buildings and constant people, I appreciated coming here more than I ever have. Grandma and I baked away the whole weekend long, she put on music from the 40's and 50's and I felt like I was somewhere so far from reality, mmm.
Vegan Banana Cake
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 ounces (2 sticks) Earth Balance, or non -hydrogenated margarine, melted
1/2 cup non - dairy milk
3 cups mashed bananas (about 7 bananas)
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
I. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 1 bundt pan, or two 8 x 8 pans.
II. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl, and stir to combine.
III. In a separate medium bowl, mash together all of your bananas
IV. Add the melted Earth Balance, milk, vinegar, and vanilla extract and and whisk until semi-smooth.
V. Combine the wet and the dry ingredients together and beat with mixer on low - medium speed until well combined. Batter will still be a bit lumpy but it's for the best!
VI. Pour into your greased pan and bake 35 minutes if using the two 8x8 pans and 50 minutes if using the bundt, or bake until a toothpick comes out clean. Take out of oven and let cool before removing!
Easy Vegan Espresso Nutella Glaze
1/2 cup vegan nutella (you can find in organic markets or make your own!)
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon instant coffee
I. Place nutella in a medium bowl. Heat almond milk and instant coffee on medium low heat.
II. Stir instant coffee in until it has just dissolved. Scald the milk, or take it off the heat until you see small bubbles around the circumference of the pan.
III. Pour milk onto nutella and let sit for 1 - 2 minutes - don't stir yet! Allow the nutella to melt a bit. Then whisk the milk together until you have a well combined, glossy, chocolate-y glaze!
IV. Take cake out of pan and pour your glaze all over the top of your cake! Then cut a piece and enjoy!