May 11, 2010

Brown Sugar Blend Banana Cake

I found this recipe while flipping through a magazine and thought not only did it look good, but it looked easy and quick.

Well it was easy and quick and and it tasted great. The only differences I made were, I forgot the yougurt so I used light sour cream as that is what I had on hand and used dark chocolate chip rather then semi sweet.


¾ cup (175 mL) SPLENDA® Brand Brown Sugar Blend
½ cup (125 mL) Crisco® Canola or Vegetable Oil
2 (2) eggs
½ cup (125 mL) plain yogurt
3 (3) ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 ½ cups/ 375 mL)
2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla
2 cups (500 mL) Robin Hood® Nutri™ Flour Blend
1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder
¾ tsp (4 mL) baking soda
¼ cup (5 mL) Chipits®* Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 (1) banana, sliced
icing sugar for garnish (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Grease two 8” or 9” (22 cm or 23 cm) cake pans.
2. Cake: Beat brown sugar blend and oil with an electric mixer. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add next 6 ingredients. Beat to combine. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pans.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centre of cake comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool on a wire rack.
4. Assembly: Place 1 layer of cake on serving platter. Place sliced bananas on top. Place remaining cake on top. Sprinkle with icing sugar if desired.

May 1, 2010

My double handle "kidlet"

Well, I finally managed to sit down and be creative! I stumbled upon Jennifer's website JCasa *handmade and her amazing tutorial for her affectional named "kidlet's this tutorial by far has been one of the easiest, well laid out tutorials I have ever used! Plus, for a visual learner, the picture's throughout were icing on the cake.

The first one I made, I made more or less following the exact pattern. I did goof on the placement of the pocket, but all in all I think that it turned out great.

On the next couple, which I made some changes, I added a second handle and through some trial and error, mostly error, I got the placement and enough stiching to hold the handles so that they didn't pull out from the finished bag. I blame this solely on my very novice sewing skills.

I need to make a couple more for upcoming birthdays, but I just love them.


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