Google+ That Flour Child: November 2013

November 12, 2013

Banana Cake

Typical me totally forgot I bought like six bananas last time I went grocery shopping (I should know better) with the intention to make smoothies but they just got super brown because I forgot about them. So naturally I dug into the banana bread archives of Pinterest but then had a flashback memory of banana CAKE.  I had the best banana cake of my life ever when I was studying overseas in Australia and have never attempted making it until now.  This recipe did not compare but it is still a roommates with the roomies.

I found the recipe on Martha Stewart, although she tops hers with a brown sugar crumble I wanted some very vanilla buttercream.
For the cake:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/2 ripe bananas, mashed

For the icing:
- 1/2 butter, softened
- 2 cups icing sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.  Blend in melted butter and 1/4 cup of milk.
In a separate bowl, combine the other 1/4 cup of milk with eggs and mix into flour mixture.  Add in the vanilla and mashed bananas, bake in greased 9x13 pan.
Bake for 35-45 minutes, until knife in center comes out clean.
To make the icing, beat the butter until light and fluffy, add in sugar slowly (you may need more than 2 cups) and vanilla until you get the flavour you want.
When cake has cooled, ice it and enjoy!

Have you guys ever had banana cake?  Share your recipes below, I'd love to try some more!!

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November 2, 2013

Shark Week Halloween Group Costume

Okay here it is... my Halloween costume with me and 4 of my friends.

We only did Mon-Fri because we had a couple people back out at the last second and couldn't find any replacements.

First we put our days of the week on our shirts.  We printed off a font we liked and cut them out and traced them onto the shirt so that they all looked the same.  A little trick I do here is to put the size sticker across the shirt as a ruler and generally line up your word with the armpits of your shirt.

Fill in the traced letter with fabric paint.

It will look something like this.. leave this until it dries completely.

Once it has dried, you can cut it up as much as you want and later add fake blood to make it look like there was a shark attack!  We cut slits sideways and I made some fringe on the bottom on mine but everyone just kind of did what they wanted!  Use the blood (or red paint) to go around the holes of your shirt and then we found this crazy spray blood that we used for the splatters everywhere.

Next up is the hat.  We found these in the boy's section at Target for $10.
We bought some stiff foam from Michael's and cut out a dorsal fin, two side fins, a tail and some triangle teeth.

We attached the fins and tail with hot glue and waited for it to dry before painting grey.

We started with grey spray paint but it didn't cover well and ended up using some very thick wall paint.  The hats turned out ridiculously stiff but we were running out of time.  I would suggest applying multiple spray paint coats or buying some fabric paint next time.

This is it spray painted, you can see the difference in the rim and fins, and can also still see the logo very easily.

These are the hats after the house paint dried.  We painted the underside of the brim red and attached the teeth in two rows (to look more like a shark's mouth).  Next everyone cut out some eyes from white felt and we hot glued those on as well.

We picked up some grey tights at Target and wore black shorts and boots.  I think we looked great and saved a lot of money making our own costumes!

My roommate's boyfriend dressed up as our shark attack victim and this picture became the best one of the night!

What did you dress up as for Halloween?  Share your tutorials below!

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