I was hesitant to make this one. Banana cake? Meh. I figured it'd be another loaf or bundt cake that I'd try, generally like, but never finish eating. It would take time away from my sewing! Besides, the sewing was making me realize I hadn't actually done a decorated cake in a good while. The last seriously decorated cake I did was a full year ago:
I wondered if I was going to lose all the skills I spent so much time building. As much fun as TWD is, we rarely make anything decoratable. Perhaps I'd make a cake for my upcoming birthday?...But I felt guilty, as I always do when I contemplate skipping a recipe.
So I read the recipe. What is this? A layer cake? With any icing that I want?! Oh now, that's different! I can decorate this cake! Finally! Let's do this!
I made the cake pretty much according to the recipe. I did run out of light brown sugar, so I added about 1/4 c of dark brown. I also didn't want to open a can of coconut milk for a measly 1/2 cup, so I used whole milk instead. Finally, I used my old standby method to prep the pans: grease sides (and I do mean grease; I keep a small can of Crisco for just this purpose) and flour them, and line the bottom with parchment.
I was surprised that it took nearly 45 minutes to bake two 9 inch layers. I was also surprised by how dark they were. I was a little afraid they'd taste burned!
(I didn't get any pics--the camera battery decided to die on me. Le Sigh.)
Once the layers were done, on to decorating. I had a big bowl 'o buttercream in the freezer, made when we did some egg yolk-heavy something or other a while back. I took the design of the cake from the Whimsical Bakehouse cookbook, one of my very favorites, and made the color palette a little lighter than theirs. I piped out chocolate fireflies and moons and iced the cake in blue and green, piping on a green grassy border when I was done. I was pretty happy with it in the end. FUN! Can we do another one soon? Please oh please? Thank you bunches, Kimberly, for picking this one!
As far as the actual taste of the cake: it's not bad. Inoffensive. It reminds me of an okay carrot cake, but with banana instead. I mixed some of the buttercream with chopped pineapple and coconut for the filling (I like pina coladas, sue me) and I like the addition. I'm on my second piece now. The first was too cold but this one is nice and room temperature-y. I think I'm gonna have to think a bit about whether I like it enough to do again...