Triple-Layer Banana Cake, Peanut Butter Buttercream Filling, Whipped Chocolate Ganache Buttercream, Peanut Butter Ganache Covering, and Dark Chocolate Drizzle
Test Kitchen Cake!!
I wanted to try a new Banana Cake recipe...and this one is nearly perfect! It's dense yet fluffy like cake, easily stackable, and super moist. I'm definitely sticking with this winner.
|I added 1 t. baking soda to 1 c. buttermilk...oh the science that ensued!|
|Peanut Butter Buttercream Filling|
The peanut butter buttercream filling was purposely made with a bit more powdered sugar so the cake would hold up evenly.
I was so undecided on how to decorate the outside of this cake. I knew the flavors of banana and peanut butter is an outstanding combination - it's like the perfect after school snack. Adding chocolate is a no-brainer. Originally I wanted to frost with peanut butter and cover the top with chocolate ganache - but I just did an almost identical combination two days ago. Ugh. Time to try something different.
Frosting with whipped chocolate ganache is a fabulous treatment for this cake. The colors of the cake, peanut, and whipped chocolate...were essentially the same...a light brown. Again, I wanted to add much dark chocolate - but, I just did that.
Exploring recipes, I discovered a peanut butter ganache (peanut butter, heavy cream, powdered sugar, vanilla) and said, "Why not?" It whipped up easily, but I wasn't crazy about the flavor. Texture was a bit funny and I'm not sold on it.
Because all the colors were still the same, I gave myself permission to add a dark chocolate drizzle. Next time, I'll go with my gut and frost with whipped chocolate and cover with dark chocolate. It'll be pretty and quite yummy.
Variation for next time: Omit chocolate and add bacon crunchies to make this an Elvis Presley Cake.
Yeah...I had fun with this cake. I'm totally psyched to have a go-to Banana Cake recipe. We gave this cake to our friends at Starbucks and the cupcakes found a good home too.
What a great life to have fun baking and have fun sharing. I have amazing support from my family when it comes to baking and blogging. Our oldest daughter helps me with the photographs and graphics...her super cute blog is here.
Here's a shout-out to my life partner who makes my baking possible. And a gratitude shout-out for sobriety.