Sunday, December 7, 2008

Brother's Birthday Cake

This year, I decided to make a banana cake coated with chocolate ganache for my brother's birthday. This was an easy cake to make, and turned out fragrant, soft and moist (but not overly so), although we felt that more banana would have been nicer. I used a recipe taken from Chubby Hubby's website, and did up a chocolate ganache, all in it took about 45 min prep time (including ganache and icing), and 30 min baking time.

I have reproduced the recipe here, with my own additional annotations:
Banana Cake
2 and 1/4 cups (295g) flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup (210g) sugar
240g unsalted butter
4 eggs, beaten
4 bananas (about 375 g), mashed (can add one more banana, but reduce milk by 1 Tbs if doing so)
5 Tbs milk
1 tsp vanilla essence (I would skip this the next time, felt that it overpowered the taste of banana)
Sift flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl. Cream butter and sugar until creamy white (about 10 min, be patient). Add beaten eggs a little at a time. Beat well after each addition. Add vanilla, milk and mashed bananas. Fold in flour and blend well. Pour mixture into muffin cups (or cake tin, i used half the quantities above which fitted nicely in a 8'' tin) and bake at 180 deg C for 25-30 min or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Chocolate Ganache
100 g dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup heavy cream
Bring the heavy cream to a boil, remove from heat and add in chocolate. Stir till chocolate is melted. Let cool for a few min and spread over cake.

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