Triple-layer, 8" round Banana Cake with a middle layer of Nutella Cheesecake, Crumb-coated in Nutella Buttercream, Frosted with Banana Buttercream, & topped with Lindt BonBons
Finding inspiration can sometimes be a challenge for me. Making time to write is always a challenge - I've plenty of cakes and baking experiences to blog and I've just not made it a great priority. Until now (I hope).
This Banana Nutella Cheesecake Cake was
amazing fantastic crazy delicious. I got it in my head that I wanted to bake a Nutella Cheesecake, but wasn't quite sure which flavor to pair with it. I went to my white board and started listing all the possibilities. As soon as I said, "Banana" ... I stopped writing. I knew immediately that was the direction for this cake.
When it comes to baking this crust-less cheesecake, I'm still working out the kinks. Timing, temperature of ingredients, ingredient proportions are still being adjusted. For this cheesecake, I followed my basic recipe and added 1c. of Nutella.
Baking a Banana Cake is different from baking Banana Bread. I want the cake to be lighter and more cake-like (that's a legit term, right?) while still having a strong banana flavor. I love this recipe I've developed and it has enough body to support a cheesecake layer and additional cake layers. And, it's banana-y...and cake-y.
Constructing this cake was pretty straight forward. I did add a bit of a flavor boost to the cheesecake (just in case it missed the mark); I included a very thin layer of Nutella buttercream between the cake layers. New motto: More Nutella can't hurt!
I love getting a cake to this stage... the baking is completed, the cake is filled, and the second stage of creativity is about to take off - decorating a blank canvas. I love working with flavors as much as I enjoy the manipulating the buttercream. "Let's match the insides to the outside."
Without a doubt, I love incorporating my passion for Fiesta Ware into my cake shoots. The color and design of one can influence the other.
I know I live an amazing life with my partner of 27 years. And I'm grateful we weathered the storms that getting sober created. With so much to be thankful for... maybe a slice of cake is in order.