This weeks Heavenly Cake Baker project is the Chocolate Banana Stud Cake. We were supposed to "stud" the top of this cake with upside down chocolate chips. I decided to shave some chocolate onto the top instead. I had a wedding cake tasting today and decided to use this one as one of my cake offerings. I baked the cake in two 6" cake pans because I needed to put a filling in it for the cake tasting. The bride wanted strawberries, I like banana and strawberries together so I thought this would be a good choice. The flavor of the banana is very subtle and I didn't even tell them it was in there at first. The other cake choices were white cake with pastry cream and fresh strawberries and my all time go to chocolate cake with vanilla bean buttercream.The couple chose the white cake pastry cream combination. They did not love this chocolate banana cake, they thought it was dry. They preferred my regular chocolate cake and I will agree, it is more moist.I noticed after making the chocolate banana cake and refrigerating it overnight that the crumb was a bit crumbly upon torting it. Maybe that is why Rose's suggestion was to make the cake in 1 - 9" round cake pan. I didn't think it was dry just more dense than my other chocolate cake.My husband is eating the leftover Chocolate Banana Stud Cake right now and thinks it is great.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
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waouh! beautiful piping and decoration skills you've got there! i've been looking at everyone's banana stud cake and its led me to find your lovely blog :)
wow!! I love how you decorate the cake! and your ganache is sooo smooth...i wish i have your skills..i can never get my buttercream or ganache that smooth! chocolate shavings is a great idea imo!
Exquisite!!!!! as always --- I always learn something from your creativity.
Beautiful cake!! Very elegant. Funny how we both chose strawberry. It pairs really well with banana. I can't blame the couple for choosing the cake w/pastry cream (I love that stuff -homemade of course, especially orange scented pastry cream). Will you be posting your go-to choc cake recipe? Sounds wonderful.
Hanaa - It is already on my blog just search for Cocoa Cake. Enjoy!!
Thanks, Sugar Chef. I found it and will try it soon. Have ever baked cupcakes with that batter? Do they bake up flat or do they dome? Thanks much!
Really lovely. Well done.
Stunning, as usual. Hey, you should be a pastry chef (wink-wink).
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