Last month was a truly incredible month of appreciation and celebration of Black history. Besides learning more amazing information about the contributions of African Americans to this country, I was busy planning my absolutely unbelievable, once in a lifetime trip to Egypt. My 8 day/ 7 night trip to the origin of ancient civilization was a great culmination of pioneering Black culture and livelihood. I soaked up every ounce of ancient Black history that I could visiting museums, temples, booking Egyptology tours and shopping of course!
Before my amazing international excursion, I had to clean up my kitchen and dispose of some food. I had some produce that needed to be used before my trip in a few days. In my fruit bowl were some seriously ripe bananas. I thought about making a classic banana bread, but I decided that a celebratory trip required a celebratory send off cake. I pondered about what would complement this popular fruit for my cake. I decided to parallel the ripe tropical fruit with some mellow cocoa notes in the form of white chocolate. This cake put a huge smile on my face, so I decided to decorate with our S Glee Rho Sprinkle Mix for even more celebration. The cake turned out perfect and was a great send off to my incredible trip.
After returning from my Egyptian excursion I had a greater appreciation for International travel and culture. I was looking forward to planning my next trip when things in Europe began to shift. Ukrainians were left with the heavy and gut wrenching decision of fleeing or fighting for their country. Blacks in the Ukraine were unfortunately experiencing racism at the borders trying to escape the war stricken country. This war further exposed the continued mistreatment of people of color no matter the circumstance. Racism doesn't stop at wartime. War is fueled by hate, as is racism. In order to stop further conflicts across the world we cannot continue to allow the inequality of anyone.
It is no coincidence that this confection I made last month just so happened to be covered in glee and the colors blue and gold. This cake is all about the love and cultivation of crops and culture. A cake can turn out in so many flavors and tastes but basically is made of the same ingredients. The same stands true for humanity. We come in different colors and flavors, but are all created with the same things and made to love.
You can find the recipe for this Make Love Not War Cake below:
2 cups all purpose flour
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
5 medium or 3 X-large very ripe bananas
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup of white chocolate chips
3 tbsp. white chocolate liqueur, I used Godiva brand
1 ½- 2 cups confectioners sugar
½ tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour bundt pan.
In a medium sized mixing bowl mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl or using a stand mixer or hand mixer beat bananas until pureed, consistency of baby food. Add oil, sugar to the mixture and continue to mix until creamed together. Add eggs to mixer. Beat on medium speed until the mixture is fully combined. Add vanilla extract. Slowly add the flour mixture one half at a time. Mix until fully combined but be careful not to over mix. Fold in white chocolate chips.
Transfer batter to the cake pan and smooth batter until even in the pan. Hit cake pan onto the counter a few times to knock out air bubbles. Bake cake for approximately 40-45 minutes until toothpick or cake tester comes out clean.
While cake is baking make the glaze. In a medium sized bowl whisk together liqueur, confectioner’s sugar and salt until smooth. (Glaze should be thick enough to coat back of a spoon.)
Place cake onto cake rack and allow to cool completely. Invert cake onto cake plate or board. Pour glaze onto cake.
Cover cake with S Glee Rho Sprinkle Mix
Devour and Enjoy!