Monday, September 24, 2012

Birthday Cake!

This weekend just past I got to go away for the weekend and arrange a birthday party - a children's birthday party for a bunch of adults. The masterpiece of the day was the cake:

The cake beneath this thick layer of frosting and sweets was a banana cake full of sprinkles. It began as a large rectangle, which I cut into pieces and glued together with vanilla frosting, like this:

Then the entire thing was covered in a thick layer of white chocolate ganache and decorated with all sorts of sweets. We left it sitting around looking pretty for a day, but we finally brought ourselves to cut into it and it was delicious. I had to give all of the leftovers away to stop myself from eating it all.

Banana Cake

250 grams butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 mashed bananas
1 packet banana instant pudding (angel delight, etc)
2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
Colourful sprinkles

Preheat the oven  to 180 degrees and line a large rectangle tin (30 by 40 cm) or two small tins.

In a large bowl beat together the butter and sugar, then add the eggs one at a time.

Beat in the mashed bananas and the instant pudding, then sift in the flour and baking powder. Beat the dry ingredients in slowly and then add the milk. Beat the batter some more, until it is smooth, then fold in the sprinkles if you want them.

Pour the batter into the prepared tins and bake the cake until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean - about 1 hour for a large rectangle, maybe less for two small rectangles. Then let it cool completely.

While it cools make some white chocolate ganache by melting 400 grams white chocolate and 1 cup cream together until the mixture is smooth, then refrigerating until entirely cold.

When the cake is cold, prepare some plain vanilla buttercream (250 grams butter, 3 to 4 cups sifted icing sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence, beaten together well). Slice the cake into pieces as the diagram above shows and then stick together with the frosting. Use a sharp knife to trim the corners from the roof to make it triangle.

Take the cold ganache from the fridge and beat it with an electric mixture until it has a similar consistency to frosting. Then spread a thick layer over the house-cake. Use various sweets to decorate and then bask in the amazement of your party-goers.

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