Epic win: Banana Bread and Peanut Butter Cake wich

The sandwich is a modest little thing. If it were a person, I imagine he would stand with his hands in his pockets, scuffing the floor with his shoe and trying not to make eye contact.

But this unassuming chameleon has a lot to be proud of; he can take on anything – from fish fingers to fillet steak, marmite to ham and mustard. Done properly, with delicious, fresh bread, a hearty filling and those crucial condiments to add ‘je ne sais quoi’, it is truly one of my favourite simple pleasures. In its versatility, you might say it’s a little like my absolute favourite pleasure – CAKE!

So when the lovely people over at find-me-a-gift.co.uk gave me the opportunity to bring these two pleasures together, it’s safe to say I was more than a little bit excited. Ladies and gentleman, let me introduce the latest addition to my bakeware family – the CAKEWICH:

The cakewich mould is made from high-quality  silicone, which means it’s super easy to get the cake out, super easy to clean, and makes super cool-looking cake. What more can you want?

The wonderful Christine over at Angrycherry.com recently created a heart-achingly amazing recipe for a peanut butter and jelly cakewich that had me trying to lick the screen, so I knew I peanut butter just had to be involved. Prepare yourself for the finger-licking-good luxury of peanut butter frosting. Never one to turn down an opportunity for extravagance and to indulge my sweet tooth, I also adapted my easy peasy banana muffin recipe to form the gooey, moist ‘bread’ of the cakewich.

Banana Bread and Peanut Butter Cakewich

Ingredients

For the banana bread

300g plain flour

2 large eggs (I used duck eggs for added ‘phwoar’)

150g caster sugar

100g light muscovado sugar

3/4 large ripe bananas (the riper the better!)

125g margarine, melted

1tsp baking powder

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

For the frosting

110g smooth peanut butter

55g unsalted butter, softened

125g icing sufar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

tbsp of milk, if needed, to combine.

Method

For the banana bread

  1. preheat your oven to 180 c, and lightly grease the silicone mould
  2. Mash the bananas in a large bowl until nicely mushed up. Add the eggs, sugar, and melted butter and mix until smooth and well combined.
  3. Sift in the flour, bicarb and baking powder, and fold in until well combined.
  4. Bake in the centre of the oven for aound 60 minutes. Check after 45 minutes. It’s ready when a skewer comes out clean. Be careful with this one – the top may look ready, but the insides can still be gooey.
  5. The nature of the tin means you should get a slight dome on the top. This is exactly what you want so you can slice it off, leaving yourself with the look of sliced bread. Tada!
  6. One the cake has cooled, slice it in half to add your ‘filling’.

For the frosting

  1. Put the butter and peanut butter into a medium bowl and beat with an electric mixer for several minutes until combined.
  2. Gradually mix in the sugar to combine, adding milk if necessary. Add the vanilla and beat until fluffy.

It’s safe to say that this cake isn’t for the faint-hearted. Though deliciously simple to make, it’s sweet, moist, gooey, unapologetically indulgent, and undoubtedly a whopper in terms of calories. This, of course, translates to a mouth full of awesome that just keeps on giving. If it makes you feel better, eat it with some fresh banana sliced on the top and tell yourself you’re getting one of your five a day.

The humble sandwich will never be the same again.

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3 comments

    • Laura @cakeandfeminism

      Hi Jessica,

      I’d say it’s closer to bread texture-wise, but still has a lovely ‘cakeish’ moistness to it. It’s adapted from my banana muffins recipe, but definitely has more of a breadish texture! Hope that helps 🙂

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