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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

twd: lots of ways banana cake



Banana Cake makes me think of my Grandma C, who made it for certain birthdays when I was a child. I believe it was a favorite of one of my uncles.

Dorie's version exceeds any banana cake I've previously tasted. With a dose of rum, and a handful of toasted coconut, how could it not?

I used yogurt in place of the coconut milk Dorie recommends, and found the cake still redolent of the toasty nuttiness of coconut. I also roasted the bananas until soft and slightly caramelized before slipping them into the batter. I baked a half recipe, which made two lovely, high-rised six-inch layers. I'm tucking one into Mr. Chill (aka freezer), unadorned. The other layer was topped with cream cheese frosting I found in the freezer, and a few shreds of toasted coconut.

G happily took a wedge of cake for his morning commute this morning, and I ate a wedge and a half last night, in love with the moist texture and layered flavors.



Thank you, Kimberly, for choosing this delicious, simple cake. I loved it! Check out her blog, Only Creative Opportunities, for gorgeous photos and her awesome innovations.

15 comments:

  1. I agree totally fabulous! This was my farewell post with TWD after almost two years of baking along. Hope you'll stop by and say goodbye!

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  2. Just poured a hot cup of black java & saw this image... makes a girl want to reconsider fruit for breakfast! OY!!

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  3. Your cake looks fantastic! I used caramelized bananas in one of my versions too and now it's going to be my go to technique for incorporating bananas into baked goods! YUM! Thanks for baking with me this week!

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  4. way to go! nice take on the recipe this week. Tia

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  5. Cream cheese frosting in the freezer? Wow. It looks wonderful and I'm jealous of that freezer stash. :o)

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  6. i agree with you on this one too. Currently one of my favourite recipes so far.

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  7. Love how you even roasted the bananas before adding them to the recipe. Sounds and looks delicious!

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  8. Ooooh, those layers of flavor sound amazing. I've never roasted bananas, but that will soon be remedied - thanks for the fab idea! Love the freezer, especially when it harbors delicious frosting (and keeps a delicious cake for future indulgence)

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  9. I love to put treats in the freezer. It is like finding a hidden treasure. Beautiful cake, and delicious.

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  10. Great idea to roast the bananas. Yum!

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  11. Looks really good with all that icing on it...I am all about the icing on banana cakes, that's for sure. Ours was mostly consumed out of the house as well...at the office for lunch!

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  12. Roasted bananas would definitely increase the flavor in this cake. And it was good plain too. But with cream cheese icing. YUM!!

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  13. That cake looks positively heavenly!! I'd kill for a slice right now!

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  14. I will be dreaming about your cake tonight! Holy cow does it look scrumptious and moist! The yogurt was a great idea! Im glad you loved it!!

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