Category Archives: Cakes

Happy Birthday to my niece!

My niece turns 1 on Christmas, and I volunteered to make the little cake that she’s going to smash her face in like every other 1 year old on their birthday (the adults are having ice cream cake, made by a professional…aka, NOT ME 🙂    ) The theme of the party is pink, sooo…..

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Hey, there are bananas in there!

Banana Layer Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Ok, here’s the first thing I actually made today… all the posts up until now have just been catching up on photos I wanted to post somewhere in the past.  I made this for my husband, who loves chocolate covered banana anything. He said it was good, but put it in 2nd place after boston cream pie. Note to self: make my boston cream pie soon. 🙂

I adapted this recipe from Peabody’s food blog from thenest.com. I would totally put a link to that here, but I have absolutely no idea how to do that.  If anyone knows, please share!

Banana Cake:

2 cups AP flour, spooned and leveled
1 TBSP baking powder
1 tsp fine salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup whole milk
1/2 tsp double strength vanilla extract (or 1 tsp regular vanilla)
2 medium bananas

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Cream sugar and butter in a KA mixer with whisk attachment until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time.  Add half the flour mixture, then half the milk. Add vanilla and mix until blended. Add remaining flour and milk and beat until smooth.  Slice bananas and fold gently into batter. Fill two 9-inch round cake pans with the batter. Bake at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes, or until cake is golden and begins to pull away from sides, and a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool on rack in pans for 10 minutes, then run knife along outside of cake and invert onto rack.  Cool completely, then frost as follows:

Chocolate Frosting:

2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped
1 ounce semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 1/3 cup powdered sugar
3/4 tsp double strength vanilla extract (or 1 1/2 tsp regular vanilla)

Put chocolate in a glass bowl suspended over a pot of simmering water (make sure bowl does not touch water. Or, use a double boiler). Heat, stirring frequently, until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. In KA mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium until creamy (30 sec.). Gradually add the powdered sugar and beat on high until light and creamy (2 min.). Beat in the vanilla. Add the melted chocolate at low speed until blended, scraping down the sides as needed. Beat on high 1 min.
Put one layer of cake on cake platter and cover in layer of frosting. Place 2nd layer on top, and cover entire cake with the remaining frosting. (*note: this recipe is light on the frosting. Frosting lovers may wish to double the recipe).

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Upside down

Apple Cinnamon Upside-Down Cake from 8/25/07 (dark pic. oops.)

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Flowers

Flower  Cupcake (just vanilla with purple icing and candy topping)

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Hershey Kiss Surprise

Red Velvet with a Hershey Kiss Surprise

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Multiple photos?

Here goes nothing…

Margarita Cupcakes

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King Cake

King Cake for Mardi Gras. I hid an almond in it instead of a plastic baby, but I think someone ate the almond. Oops 🙂king-cake-2-19-07.jpg