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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Dave's Banana-Filled Birthday Cake

Dave has been having this cake for his birthday ever since he was a kid. Of course, I've updated and improved the recipe over the 23 years we've been married, so it's not exactly the cake his mom used to make ... but don't tell him that ;). It's a sort of Boston Cream Pie, only with slices of bananas in the middle.

Banana-Filled Birthday Cake

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups of butter, softened
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
6 eggs

Combine all ingredients in a bowl but eggs. Beat with electric mixer until smooth. Beat in one egg at a time. Pour batter into greased 10inch tube pan. Bake at 350ºF for 1 hour 15 minutes or until done.

1 1/5 cups confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 cup milk
3/4 cup salted butter
2 tsp vanilla
3 - 4 bananas

Combine sugar and flour in a small sauce pan. Gradually add milk and stir until smooth. Cook, stirring constantly until thick. Place in a bowl and chill for one hour. Add butter, one tablespoon at a time while beating. Add vanilla. Save bananas for final assembly.

Fudge Frosting:
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup cream
5 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla

Combine the sugar and cream in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Simmer for 6 minutes. Add the butter and chocolate until melted. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Place in refrigerator and completely cool (at least 2 hours), stirring occasionally while cooling.

Split the cake horizontally, lengthwise and spread the filling over the bottom half. Top with bananas. Replace the top half of the cake and frost with fudge frosting.

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