Keeping in line with my recent Peanut Butter Cup Banana Bread, here is is an awesome cake I made recently that was inspired by that recipe.
To make the cake layers, I followed Leslie Macciarella’s “Betty’s Banana Cake Recipe – A Vintage Cake Loaded with Charm.” This recipe is apparently from the 1940s and it is the real deal. No banana extract here. Just real banana goodness, like my banana bread! One big difference is that you don’t want your bananas to be as ripe as they would be for banana bread; they should definitely have some brown spotting though. I would definitely rate this recipe a 10/10 and I am constantly thinking of new ways to use it in my baking. Maybe a tropical themed cake? A Banana Cream Pie themed cake? If you love banana, it’s definitely for you.
Between the layers I put a healthy (okay maybe not healthy) amount of whipped chocolate ganache, whipped peanut butter ganache, and chopped up peanut butter cups.
And then, since I was still using my camera phone I was unable to hold it as I took a picture of myself drowning this baby in chocolate ganache, but I did manage to remember to take a picture of my setup after the fact, to show you that it was successful.
The cake obviously sits on the cooling rack and the ganache will drip down onto the foil where it can be collected and used again.
The lumps you see there are peanut butter chips, which are sold right next to the chocolate chips in the baking aisle of your grocery store. I inserted them in the ganache backwards so that they resembled polka dots. My goal here was to make the chips more concentrated at the bottom and then have them disperse a bit as I moved up the cake. The top of the cake is just four peanut butter cups cut in half and place on top in a pleasing pattern. The crumbs you see are crushed up banana chips.
The picture above is hilariously staged, but I’m still learning about food props and all that, okay? It gives you a nice view of the top of the cake though, which is nice.
This was a fun project. Everyone thought the cake was pretty unique, and I must say that I agree! It’s easy enough for a novice to do it, so I hope you’ll give it a try.