Lemon-Lime Gatorade Cake ft. Banana-Peanut Butter Frosting

When my co-worker Dijana suggested, nay, challenged me to do a cake based on Gatorade, there was really only one possible answer. The simplest step is to replace the water in the cake mix with the sports drink to give you a nice lemon-lime (or other Gatorade-flavored) cake. But I had settled on the name 'Electrolyte' and thus began to research other types of foods containing these energizing minerals.

Sure, electrolytes can be 'found' in sports drinks, but it is recommended to replenish what you sweat out with natural foods such as fresh produce, bananas (high in potassium), nuts and proteins, soy products, and coconut milk/water. In addition to the Gatorade cake, this frosting has a touch of banana, peanut butter, and coconut water for a smoother, less tangy taste and to get some more 'natural' ingredients in there. It's an interesting combination, but you could definitely use any of the individual recipes (cake, frosting #1, frosting #2) on their own or come up with your own blend.

So whether you're training for a marathon, tend to sweat profusely, or just want to prove that you have it in you, I'll teach you, teach you, teach you, I'll teach you the Electrolyte:

lemon-lime gatorade cake
1 box lemon cake mix
3 eggs
1/3 c. oil
1 c. lemon-lime Gatorade
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease pans with butter or a non-stick spray like PAM. In a large mixing bowl, use an electric beater to combine cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, and Gatorade, on a low speed for 1 minute and a high speed for 1 minute. Pour batter into pans until each is 2/3 of the way full. Bake according to the times on the back of the mix box, depending on the types of pans you are using.

banana peanut butter frosting (between cake layers)
1/3 c. shortening or butter
1 tbsp. peanut butter
1 tbsp. banana, mashed
2-3 tbsp. coconut water
4 c. confectioners sugar
Peel, slice, and mash banana until mostly smooth consistency. Beat shortening, peanut butter, mashed banana, and coconut water until blended. Slowly add in sugar and continue to mix. Add water by the tablespoon if frosting is too thick.

lemon lime frosting
1/4 c. shortening or butter
2 c. confectioners sugar
2-3 tbsp. Gatorade
Beat shortening and Gatorade until blended. Slowly add in sugar and continue to mix.