Saturday, April 23, 2011
It's been quite a long time since my last post....I have made some cakes in between but didn't take pics due to bad light!.
It was my son's 3rd birthday in February, I made a lovely cake but I was sick and I didn't have the energy to decorate....so it was a very simple decoration, will post it later one :-)
Easter is my favourite holiday of the year, mainly because its the beginning of Spring time, my favourite season!. Quite simbolic as well, marking the beginning of different aspects of life, a rebirth if you want.
This time I improvised a cake and it turned out delicious!. I made a banana cake and added some chocolate chips....yum!!
I covered the cake with Betty Crocker's ready vanilla icing that I dyed pale yellow, I used dried coconut (dyed pale green) and finished the decoration with mini eggs and a rabbit silhouette made with card.
The cake went down a storm! so I'll definitely make another one and will change the decoration.
Here's the recipe:
-2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-3/4 cup of butter (softened)
-1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
-2 ripe bananas (mashed)
-3/4 cup sour cream (or full fat natural yoghurt)
1. Preheat oven 180 C
2. In a large bowl cream butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
3.In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
4. Add eggs, vanilla and banana (to mixture on step 2) mix well. Add flour mixture alternately with sour cream (or yoghurt); blend thoroughly but do not overmix.
5. Add chocolate chips or chopped walnuts (both delicious!) and mix with a big spoon.
Pour into a prepared tin (you can line just the base)
Bake for about 35-45 minutes, or until wooden skewer inserted comes out clean (top of the cake will be golden in color).
Cool for 30 minutes in the tin; remove and cool completely before decorating.
If you don't have time to dcorate, sprinkle icing sugar on top.
Enjoy as much as we did!!!