Do you have those moments where you simply have to create something spectacular and over the top delicious? This past weekend I couldn’t stop thinking how much I wanted to make a very special cake. Not for anyone special other than myself. I just wanted the satisfaction of producing a cake I’d be proud of!
Since I had 6 over ripe bananas sitting in our fruit bowl I decided to make a banana cake. I’d thought of adding chocolate chips to it, but then decided I’d rather drizzle chocolate over the top. Since bananas, cream cheese, chocolate and peanut butter all marry well together, I decided to incorporate each into my spectacular cake.
I love banana cake with cream cheese frosting. I wasn’t quite sure though how drizzling chocolate over the cream cheese frosting would work or even taste, but decided to try it anyway. The finishing touch would be to use mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups as a garnish so to speak, on top of the cake, similar to adding a bride & groom as the final touch to a wedding cake!
OMG, the cake couldn’t have turned out better! I was so happy with my creation, and terrified at the thought of trying to cut into it. The cake ended up being 9-inches tall after using three 6-inch cake rounds. Thank goodness it didn’t fall over!
I made my cake in 2 days. On Sunday I prepared the three cake pans and made the cream cheese frosting. This way on Monday all I needed to do was ice the cake, refrigerate, make the ganache to cascade over the top and sides with the final touch, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups on top. It was perfect! I wasn’t a slave to the kitchen either day, but did my main prep work and cooking on Sunday.
The results as you can see were stellar!!! I’m so proud of this little, but very tall cake. It’s moist, delicious and full of flavor.
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