All my favorite flavors – banana, peanut butter, chocolate – in my most favorite form ever – A Cake!
Moving into a new house is such a special thing. You slowly get to make this strange new place your own. Find the corners and nooks you love the most. Pick that one thing you dislike the most and can’t wait to change. Listen to its unique creaks and sounds at night. Arrange and rearrange the furniture and then rearrange some more. Get used to your new oven and cooking range! Figure out if your cast iron skillet can be used on an electric stove. (oh it can! Just read it here)
I have been experimenting taking pictures in different nooks, on different surfaces. I guess it will get better with time and better equipment and props. For now, here is my first layered cake in my new house.
PS – OMG do my frosting skills need work or what!! Practice Practice Practice
I made two 5” layers of this Banana Cake . I must say it is extremely moist and it takes a long time to cook. If your oven does not seem to heat up to the said temperature like mine, maybe better to crank up the temperature to 300F. Recommended to bake in silicon just because it is a moist and sticky cake, or make sure to grease and flour your pans diligently. Also it rises quite a bit so fill the pans 3/4th . Add walnuts to the batter in the end, if you love it.
This Chocolate cake recipe which I got through Molly Yeh’s blog (yes I made the Tahini version) is currently my most favorite chocolate cake recipe. A 5” but shorter layer of this got sandwiched between the two Banana cake layers.
In between the cakes, I added an equal parts mix of toasted walnuts and cornflakes. Give it a whiz in the food processor.
Covered it all up with a very simple frosting – 1cup (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, ¾ cup smooth peanut butter, 2 ½ cups icing sugar, 2 tsps vanilla, a few tsps of milk. (I also may or may not have added some rum in there!) I added a few drops of yellow and red food colour because I do weird things sometimes that I really don’t need to do and for a crazy minute I thought I will make this cake look like a pumpkin. But I quickly dropped that idea in the next minute when I realized my cake decorating skills are just not good enough.
Note – I added cornflakes on the frosting only to later realize that they go soggy and are NOT so fun to eat. Add sprinkles instead.