Happy Holidays! I’ve not been posting lately because of college, and baking in college is just too much effort. After a 4 month hiatus though, baking for the first time felt great, and I realized that its something that I definitely miss and love doing. I’m going to definitely try to bake more in college, and hopefully that actually happens. This cake however, was sumptuous, and is perfect for the holiday season. Its a banana cake with chocolate ganache and melted white chocolate decorations. The design was inspired by my reaction to seeing snow for the first time, but feel free to decorate it whichever way you like!
Cake recipe adapted from: http://www.joyofbaking.com/VanillaCake.html
1-1/2 cup gluten free all-purpose flour
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
Egg replacer equivalent of 2 eggs
1 cup mashed banana (about 2 large bananas)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk, at room temperature (microwave for 30s if your milk is straight from the fridge)
1-1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup heavy cream
White chocolate chips, depending on decoration
For the banana cake:
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line a square 9″ pan with parchment paper (you could use a round pan also). In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter until its soft and creamy. Add the sugar, and beat until light and fluffy. Gradually add the egg replacer and the vanilla extract, and beat until well combined. Stir in the mashed bananas.
Add half of the dry flour mixture into the large mixing bowl, and beat until just combined. Add the milk, and mix further. Then, add the remaining flour mixture, and fold by hand using a wooden spoon (to prevent overmixing).
Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and an inserted toothpick comes out clean with just a few crumbs attached. Let the cake cool.
For the chocolate ganache:
Heat the cream in a small saucepan, on medium-high heat, until it starts boiling about the edges.
Place the chocolate chips in a bowl, and pour the heated cream over the chocolate chips. Wait for 2 minutes, and then stir until thick and glossy.
Make sure all of the components have cooled before assembly.
Spread an even layer of the chocolate ganache on the cake. Melt the white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave in increments of 30 seconds, stirring after each time, until all the white chocolate has melted. Spoon the melted white chocolate into a piping bag, or a ziploc bag, with a small snip. Then, decorate as you wish!
Let the cake sit in the fridge for an hour, and then enjoy! Have a great new year!