I've experienced a good deal of transition in my 25 years. Mine is...

I've experienced a good deal of transition in my 25 years. Mine is probably no more significant than those around mefor it is a common experience shared by man. And in this common experience, I believe there are shared emotions, inspirations, and struggles. I often hear people say that they hate change, so as a social norm we bemoan the cross country move, the job transition, or the end of a term. I propose that as a proper stage of mourning the loss of what was, we celebrate that which is to come. I think that this cake in particular is a necessary mode to celebrate with those we love.

It is not just about a cake. Clearly. (Or at least I hope that is clear, if not, y'all probably think I'm a crazy person.) I think it is about the stopping. Pausing to reflect back on all that is worth celebrating and looking forward to all the blessings on the horizon. Together, in a shared experience, we pause to celebrate.

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But when the celebration has commenced, and I take a first step into the newness of changeI often have a crisis of emotion. I am a jumble of sad, excited, uncertain, and hopeful. When I make those first movements into the new season I am often unsteadied, looking for some stability. And these three quotes are words that have fed my soul, guided my way amidst the haze of the new:

" For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. " -Jeremiah 29:11, The Bible

" I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. " -Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

" Come to me,all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. " -Jesus in Matthew 11:28, The Bible

Let those sink in. In any form of transition and change I see these three things: (1) A need for hope in the future, that there is a Sovereignty that has a plan, a good plan. (2) Faith that all circumstances, whatever they be are to our benefit. They are working out a strength within us. (3) A deep need for a place of love to rest. Transition is exciting, but utterly exhausting. Our bodies, our minds, our hearts, our spirits need a place, a space to come and be. Be restored.

The Lord offers us all that we need to walk forward in change: hope, faith, and love. Thus I celebrate transition, though it may rock us to and fro, it is in these times that we learn to sail our ship, that our hope is grown in a future in God, and a time that we search for true rest and peace. To change, to live, to faith and to love do I share this banana cake today.

Banana Cake by Debbie Blaylock

  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup bananas

Method for Cake:

Preheat oven to 325F. Prepare your pan or cupcake liners.

Blend all ingredients for 30 seconds on low, scarping down the bowl constantly. Beat 3 minutes on high, scraping down the bowl occassionally. Pour into your pan or cupcake liners.

For baking in a large sheet cake 15 minutes, 913 pan: 45-50 minutes, cupcakes 20 minutes. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 (8oz) pkg of cream cheese

1 stick of salted butter

3-4 cups of powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Method for Frosting :

On medium, mix cream cheese and butter in a kitchen aid with the paddle attachment. Increase to med-high and beat for 2 minutes or until fluffy.

Incorporate the vanilla extract and powdered sugar 1 cup at a time on low-medium.

Once all sugar is mixed in, use the whisk attachment and increase speed to high and beat for 2 minutes.

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