Monkey Cake

The Monkey Cake recipe, as promised...

(This was originally titled Nutty Banana Bread Squares, but we renamed it Monkey Cake. :-))

1/4 cup salted butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large whole egg
2 large egg whites
2 cups all-purpose, unbleached flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/4 tsp. salt
4 large, very-ripe bananas
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Grease and flour a 9x13 pan.
3. In large mixing bowl, beat well with an electric mixer the melted butter and sugar.
4. Add the egg and egg whites; beat on high 1 min.
5. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cr. of tartar, and salt. Gently add to the butter-sugar mixture.
6. Beat on low speed, just until mixed.
7. Peel and mash bananas. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture into the batter.
8. Beat until just mixed.
9. Pour into prepared pan.
10. Sprinkle nuts over the top.
11. Bake 35-40 min., or until top is golden brown and bread springs back. Let cool on cooling rack. Cut into squares when cool.
(from www.kidnetic.com )

We used chopped pecans instead of walnuts, because that is what we had, and because we like them better. :) And because part of our bunch doesn't care for nuts, we only sprinkled nuts on half the cake. I am planning to try this with a cream cheese frosting someday....it was great without it, but I think it would also be great with it. :)

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Let me know what you think if you try it...:)

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