I had 6 tiny bananas getting really, really ripe on my counter.  I had banana bread on my mind.  I also had rum on my mind.  Those two ingredients seem to really call out to me….especially when they are together!  I was all set to make a banana bread with rum glaze.  I got my ingredients ready, got started with the wet, put the dry in a separate mixing bowl and decided to get my bread pan out and spray it with cooking spray before I went further.  That was when I realized that my bread pans were packed somewhere and I didn’t know where!

I had to think fast.  Did I even have a cake pan in the cupboards anywhere?  After doing some digging, I found my 8×8 glass cake pan and decided that I was no longer making banana bread but banana snacking cake.  I then decided that I was going to make my banana snack cake using an idea from the newest Cooking Light magazine – and make Banana Foster Snacking Cake!  Oh, this turned out so awesome – and even beter…..it is even lower fat than the Cooking Light Banana Foster Bread!  If you love bananas and rum, then this is a definite try!  I’ve decided this was so good that with the 3 remaining bananas (which I froze for now), I will make another snacking cake to take to work and share with my new co-workers!  According to Grumpy, that is how I will make them all “love” me….by feeding them (what does he know anyway?!). 
Bananas Foster Snacking Cake
adapted from Cooking Light’s Banana’s Foster Bread Recipe
3 small mashed ripe banana

1 cup packed brown sugar, divided
5 tablespoons butter, melted
3 Tabkespoons dark rum
1/3 cup applesauce
2 large eggs
1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup pecan meal
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
Cooking spray
2/3 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons dark rum

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine banana, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 5 tablespoons butter, and 3 tablespoons rum in a nonstick skillet. Cook over medium heat until mixture begins to bubble. Remove from heat; cool. Place banana mixture in a large bowl. Add applesauce, remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, and eggs. Beat with a whisk until blended.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through allspice) in a small bowl. Fold flour mixture to banana mixture until just blended. Pour batter into a 8×8-inch cake pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack.

Combine 2 tablespoons melted butter, 2 tablespoons cognac, and powdered sugar; stir until well blended. Drizzle over the warm cake and spread with back of spoon over top of cake.