Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Six Years Old Today! Birthday Banana Split Cake!

Birthday Banana Split Cake



Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday to Paris Pastry! Six years old today. Six years ago I wrote my very first blog post! I think I must have baked more than 500 recipes for this blog in the past 6 years. While I've slowed things down just a little bit the last few years, the early days were marked with 2 or 3 recipes every week, and only a handful of visitors.

Thinking about that time makes my heart full, as I've encountered so many nice messages and people through this blog. Thank you ALL! I've been longing to go all out again and make a dazzling, show-stopping birthday cake, and here it is! I spotted the recipe on a food blog, and I immediately knew this was going to be perfect for PLP's birthday!

It took some time to make the time. I baked the banana cake a day before, and did the rest today. The cake has a chocolate mouse filling, and a banana buttercream frosting! Made with tons of love and adoration, I think it turned out pretty well. What do you think? I give it a 4.5 out of 5!



Birthday Banana Split Cake

Birthday Banana Split Cake




Banana Split Mousse Cake: The Kitchen McCabe

*I'm only going to post the recipe from the banana cake and frosting. I used a store-bought chocolate mousse to save time. If you want to take a look at the original recipe, see the link above.

Ingredients:
• 2¾ C. Flour
• 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
• ½ teaspoon Salt
• 12 tablespoons Butter, room temperature
• 2½ C. Sugar
• 6 Eggs
• 1 C. + 2 tablespoons Buttermilk
• 1⅓ C. Pureed Ripe Banana

Instructions:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease and flour two 8" round cake pans.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
- Mix in the banana puree.
- Mix in half of the flour mixture. Mix in half of the buttermilk. Mix in the rest of the flour, and then add in the remaining buttermilk, mixing until just combined.
- Divide batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove cakes from the pans after 10 minutes.
- Let cool on a wire rack.




Banana Buttercream Frosting:

Ingredients:
• 2 sticks Butter(8 oz), softened
• 4 C. Powdered Sugar
• 1 teaspoon Banana Extract
• Yellow Food Color
• 3-4 tablespoons Heavy Cream

Instructions:
- Place the butter in a stand mixer and beat until creamy. Slowly add in the powdered sugar. Mixture will be thick. Add the vanilla and yellow food coloring(use as much color as desired). Slowly beat in the heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, starting with 3 tablespoons. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat the frosting on medium/high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add more cream to thin frosting, if needed.



As busy as I am, I never forget a blogoversary!
Here are the countdown recipes on previous birthdays:

6th blogoversary: Banana Split Mousse Cake

Birthday Banana Split Cake


5th blogoversary: Birthday Cupcakes

Happy Birthday Cupcakes!


4th blogoversary: Luscious Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Luscious Chocolate Raspberry Cake


3rd blogoversary: Blackberry Meringue Cream Pots

Blackberry Meringue Cream Pots


2nd blogoversary: Marzipan-filled Almond Cupcakes

Marzipan-Filled Almond Cupcakes


1st blogoversary: Chocolate Éclairs

Chocolate Éclairs


This year's dessert definitely takes the cake!
Although I'm lusting after those chocolate éclairs again...

5 comments:

Juicer said...

Happy 6th! The cake looks really tasty. I'm saving the frosting recipe, it sounds like it could go well with a lot of desserts. Thanks!

Celia M. High Heeled Life said...

Oh La La Mon Ami!!! Happy Blogoversary!!! Your cake is definitely 5/5 are you kidding me ... it looks and sounds tres delish!!! Hugs, Celia M. (HHL)

Champagne Macarons said...

Happy birthday! Time flies when you're having fun. You birthday cake this year, as well as all of your birthday desserts, look delicious!
xx, B

Merisi said...

Happy anniversary!

The cake looks great, I am sure it tastes delicious!

I also liked your previous anniversary cakes, and now I am looking forward to the next anniversary and all the posts in between.

Cheers,
Merisi

Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

Happy Birthday.