Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Banana Cake - My Way - Dorie Greenspan



One of the things I like best about Dorie Greenspan's Baking from My Home to Yours is how she encourages experimentation.  This recipe is a classic example - I used coconut milk, dark rum, and shredded coconut in my dense and delicious creation.  Dorie offers many options for icing - including none.  I filled my 2-layer cake with Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce from Trader Joe's, then covered it with Cream Cheese Frosting.


Cream Cheese Frosting
Allow 1 8-ounce package Cream Cheese and 1 stick Butter soften.
Then whip them together in a stand mixer until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Slowly add 3 1/2 - 4 cups Powered Sugar.
Mix in 1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract and 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract.
Add more Powdered Sugar one Tablespoon at a time, if needed, to reach desired consistency.
Makes enough frosting for a 2 layer cake, 9" x 13" cake, or 24 Cupcakes.
Enjoy!

Freesias & Alstroemeria from our garden!  (Yes, already!)

9 comments:

  1. Oh yum. I haven't had banana cake in quite awhile. Now about that TJ sauce...I'll have to go hunting for that my next visit, tomorrow!

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  2. Such a beautiful cake...I love banana cake! Yours looks so delicious! Don't you just love TJ's? Such a fun place to shop!

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  3. I remember liking this cake. I like your changes.

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  4. Did you say banana cake? I think I'm in love. I love all the flavors you incorporated into this beautiful cake. Yum!

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  5. Beautiful banana cake, looks like another amazingly good Dorie recipe;-)

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  6. Don't you just LOVE that Fleur de Sel Salty Caramel from TJ's?! I keep a jar in the fridge and every once in awhile eat a spoonful just to satisfy my craving. I bet it is just wonderful on banana cake. It looks terrific!

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  7. Susan, this looks like a real winner to me - I think I would have to hide it from myself :)

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  8. How great is this! I also made a banana cake this week and poured TJ's caramel sauce over the cream cheese frosting. Yours is so delicious looking (fun idea to use coconut, etc.) and makes me hungry...I think I have one slice remaining and I'm heading to the kitchen right now to eat it. Your flowers, and from your garden (WOW!), are beautiful.

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