This Banana Moon Pie Layer Cake is so fun and full of nostalgic flavor!
I am speaking from experience when I say this. Because I run across said weirdos quite often. And it’s always so puzzling to me because as I go around in my real people life, most people (with a few exceptions) seem quite normal. But then I go on the internet and read a Facebook thread or an email or something and I’m like WOW. This person really exists on this planet. WOW.
The most hilarious are the people who seem so ANGRY. Because they get legit mad at all the tiny things that ever happen. They’re like REALLY PEOPLE MAGAZINE, ANOTHER STORY ABOUT KIM KARDASHIAN? CONSIDER YOURSELF UNFOLLOWED AND I HATE YOU AND ALL OF YOUR FUTURE CHILDREN. And I’m sitting there wondering two things. Number One: Do they understand what People magazine is? Like, have they ever seen it before? And Number Two: Do they know that it takes less clicks to hit the button to “unlike” the page than to type all the letters and words? I mean, in the interest of efficiency and all that.
About a month ago, I had the opportunity to bring my family on a complimentary cruise with Carnival as part of a “foodie” press trip. A cruise is not something I would normally be able to afford without years of saving and planning, so naturally, I jumped at the chance. I mean, “hi, can we host you and your family for an 8 day tropical vacation,” who even says no to that?
Seriously, I am asking.
So I wrote a blog post about the cruise last week (spoiler alert: it was AMAZING. One of the best trips of my life), because when a company is gracious enough to host me on an amazing PRESS trip, I intend on doing my job. But then… I shared a link on my Facebook page and a particular person got extremely ANGRY. And she was all, “MUST BE NICE TO SIT AROUND WAITING FOR FREE THINGS TO FALL INTO YOUR LAP YOU SELL OUT” and I was thinking, can we really make that happen? Because I pay money for things I don’t need all the time. If we could make some of that not only FREE, but also delivered to me from the air straight into my lap, well…I wouldn’t mind one bit.
It’s so puzzling to me when people get confused about bloggers taking money in exchange for work. Like isn’t that what everyone does? Because when I do work for someone and then they pay me (or give product) and then I take the money to the bank and pay my electric bill or buy toilet paper, it all feels very normal. But now I’m wondering if when I come across an accountant or a mailman I should be all, “SELL OUT!! YOU ARE ACTUALLY ACCEPTING MONEY FOR THAT JOB?? WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO YOUR DREAM OF BEING AN ARTIST?? WHAT A PAWN.”
If you are one of those weirdos who is full of ALL THE ANGRY, I just want to say that I am sorry. I have tried paying bills using those pennies coated in graham cracker crumbs and lint from the bottom of my purse, but it just doesn’t work. They’re all “blah blah send a check for hundreds of dollars like a normal human,” which means that I have to do that unfortunate thing of taking money from people in exchange for work. It’s a weird work that isn’t the hardest thing in the world and is actually my dream job, but it’s still work and I’m still hoping that one day my daughter will grow up and think, “I really can be anything in the world.”
At the very least, maybe she’ll be kind and will have a healthy appreciation for People magazine. I’m okay with the Kim Kardashian stories, really. They make me feel like I really have my crap together in life.
As a woman in this world, I will never apologize for building a business and chasing my dreams and having fun while I do it. Ever. Sorry angry people!
This cake is so random but super fun and yummy! I was thinking of something fun I could make into a cake and noticed Banana Moon Pies at the store and thought, “THAT’S IT!!”. It’s moist banana cake with marshmallow frosting in the middle, graham cracker frosting on the outside (YOU HEARD ME CORRECTLY) and banana glaze poured over the top. So cute and fun and over the top!!
- 3 large bananas, mashed
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup (12 Tablespoons) salted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- Marshmallow Frosting:
- 1 stick salted butter, slightly softened
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 7 oz jar marshmallow creme
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- Graham Cracker Frosting:
- 9 graham crackers, crushed
- 1/4 cup milk (or a bit more, if needed)
- 1 stick salted butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Banana Glaze:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2-3 Tablespoons warm water
- 1 teaspoon banana extract
- Few drops yellow food coloring
- Optional: Banana Moon Pies for topping
- Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour three 8 inch cake pans and set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine mashed bananas and lemon juice and set aside. In another bowl, mix the flour and baking soda and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl beat the butter with a mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add both sugars sugar and beat on medium until light and fluffy, 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time until combined, scraping the bowl after each. Beat in the vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, beat the flour mixture and buttermilk in alternately, starting and ending with flour and scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Fold in mashed bananas.
- Fill cake pans evenly and bake for about 20 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched in the center. Let cakes cool in the pans for about 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
- Prepare marshmallow frosting: In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter, vanilla and whipping cream on medium low speed. Add marshmallow cream and beat on medium until smooth. Slowly beat in powdered sugar until just barely mixed. Increase speed to high and beat for one minute, until fluffy.
- Place one cake, top side down, on your cake plate and spread with half of the marshmallow frosting. Top with another layer, top side down, and spread with the rest of the frosting. Place the last cake on top, top side down, and place cake in the refrigerator.
- Make graham frosting: In a blender or food processor, combine graham cracker crumbs and milk until a peanut butter type mixture forms. If it is too thick, add more milk, one Tablespoon at a time, until it is the consistency of peanut butter.
- In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter, graham cracker mixture, and vanilla until smooth. With the mixer on low, slowly add powdered sugar until just barely mixed in. Increase speed to high and beat for one minute. Remove cake from refrigerator and frost. Place back in the refrigerator while you prepare glaze.
- In a small bowl, whisk together all the glaze ingredients, including yellow food coloring, until smooth. Pour over the center of the cake, spreading to the edges so it will drip down. Top with cut up Banana Moon Pies if desired.
Enjoy and have a great day! Thanks SO much for reading.