Friday, October 10

CHOCOLATE BANANA NUTELLA CAKE


Hello everyone! Last sunday was my mum's birthday and I made a cake. The process went very awry, but in tribute to the Bake Off finale on wednesday I thought I would share what went on!




The original recipe was from thecakeblog.com and was their 'Banana Choco Hazelnut Cake'.



Ingredients:
For the Cake
3 ripe bananas (mashed)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Chocolate Ganache
8 ounces chocolate
65%6 ounces heavy cream

For the Buttercream
3 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup Nutella

The recipe is basically split into three separate tasks; making the cakes, making the ganache and making the buttercream. I'll be giving an abridged version of the recipe, for full details make sure to visit thecakeblog.com.

To make the cake: 
> Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4, line two or three cake pans (if making two cakes, halve when cooked to make four cakes). You may also want to measure your dry ingredients and put aside.
> Beat the butter in a bowl until smooth, then add in the sugar until fluffy. Then add in the vanilla and eggs one at a time.
> Add half of your dry ingredients into your butter/sugar/eggs, then add your yoghurt/sour cream. I would suggest using a self raising flour as my cakes didn't quite rise as much as I would like. When combined, add the rest of the dry ingredients and then put in the bananas.
> Pour your mixture into pans, if making three cakes cook for around 17-20 minutes, if making two then cook for 20-25. Once cooked, allow to cool before decorating.

To make the buttercream:
> Place egg whites and sugar into a glass bowl and whisk until combined.
> Place the glass bowl over a saucepan filled with simmering water and heat until the mixture is hot to touch.
> When hot, remove from the saucepan and whisk until cool. It may help to transfer the mixture to another bowl, pouring from a height. It should increase in size during this process.
> When cool,  add in the vanilla, butter and nutella and combine until smooth.

To make the ganache:
Usually when making a ganache I simply place my chocolate and cream in the microwave for a minute, which works fine. However, I decided to follow the recipe and heat mine in a bowl over a simmering saucepan. Take care when doing this! I overheated my cream and the ganache split. Taste-wise it was fine, but the texture wasn't how I would like.




After you've completed all the steps, it's time to assemble! To do this:
> Spread a layer of ganache over the first layer of cake
> Spread a thick layer of buttercream on top
> Place another cake layer on top and repeat
> On the final layer, bring the butter cream down the sides of the cake, ensuring that the ganache underneath doesn't get mixed in.
> Decorate! The original recipe called for crushed hazelnuts down the side, but I went for a ring of crushed nuts along the top to contrast the banana (they can be a bit slimy, so I wanted to add some bite).


I know where I went wrong so I know how I could fix it, but overall it went pretty well and every seemed to like it. Regardless, there's nothing quite like spending a saturday afternoon making a cake. 

Until next time,
Steph

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