Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Banana Split Cake

This is a tweaked version of a recipe I found for Banana Cake and I made mine all fancy with the trimmings for Kevin's 27th Birthday "Ice Cream Party"

Here's how it all comes together:

2 and half cups of flour. 

1 tablespoon of baking soda

A pinch of salt

1/2 cup margarine or butter (softened)

1/2 cup of white sugar (next time I plan on trying this with honey as a substitute)

1/2 cup of brown sugar 

2 eggs.

4 ripe bananas 

1/2 cup plain yogurt, sour cream or buttermilk. ( I'll let you guess which homemade ingredient I used for mine :)

You can throw some nuts or raisins or whatever you want too if you want it. ( I imagine this cake would be lovely with all kinds of dried fruit, nuts, seeds, etc if you were making it as a snack cake)

Prepare 2 round 8 inch cake pans by greasing them and flouring them.

Set your oven to 350 degrees 

Mix flour, baking soda and a pinch of salt together and set aside.

Cream the sugars, butter and eggs.

mash the ripe bananas and add it to the wet ingredients. 

Add the flour mix alternately with the yogurt and mix it all together. 

Pour it into the 2 pans and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

When the cake is done pull the pans out and set them to cool and when they are fully cooled you can remove them from the pans and get ready to assemble the final product. 

I used leftover vanilla custard I had in the fridge for the filling in the center of the two cakes,  but you could also use the icing recipe I'm about to give you :)

6 cups of icing sugar
3/4 cup of butter (soft, soft soft )
a pinch of buttermilk and 
1/3 - 1/2 cup of plain yogurt (again :)
1 tblspn of coco powder.
1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix, the Yogurt and butter until they are totally creamed (I used my baby food blender)
Then add vanilla and coco powder and then mix in all the icing sugar. If you need to add the tiniest smidge of milk or buttermilk to thin the icing just a touch, but be really careful not to make it too runny.

Smooth that onto the cake and then top the cake with an assortment of banana slices, graham wafers ( I used the pieces of a broken waffle cone), whipped cream and of course make sure to put a a cherry on top.

Serve it with ice cream on the side and there you have it, a banana split fit for a fork....

Bon Appetite!

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