Surprise cake (Banana cake with cream cheese frosting)

A few days ago my auntie gave birth to the most beautiful baby girl. It was my first time experiencing the whole process of seeing someone give birth first hand. They say it is the most beautiful moment, Its not! May be it is for the mum, may be there is some sort of natural strength that keeps them from not giving up or its just the angelic face of the baby.

Anyway, as for me, I think Ill store this memory deep in my long term memory and cherish it by keeping it there untouched. :D

Well, unlike the experience, this cake was fun to make and I enjoyed the whole process even though it took a lot of time to complete.

Everything you can see in the picture is edible except for the cake board of course :P I made the fondant figurines beforehand so to save a bit of time and they also need some time to dry out.

The inspiration for this cake is from various cakes I saw online with a touch of me :)

For the cake I used banana cake with cream cheese frosting. I made double the batch as the lid of the box is also a cake.

It was a fun and yummy cake to make. Even though it took half of my day it was absolutely worth it, and when I saw the look on my aunties face I thought "Can't wait till Zoha (aunties baby) turns one :)).

Here is the recipe for the cake I used.

Banana cake (adapted from Good Food magazine)

self-raising flour - 350g
bicarb soda - 1tsp
mixed spice - 2tsp
brown sugar - 175g
eggs - 4
oil - 200ml
mashed banana - 2
chopped pineapple - 100g
rind and juice of 1 orange
chopped walnuts - 100g

- preheat oven to 180c, grease and line baking tins
- whisk the eggs, oil and sugar
- sift the flour in the egg mixture, add in the mixed spice and bicarb soda
- add in the bananas, pineapple, orange juice and rind and the walnuts, mix well
- bake for 45 min or until done

Cream cheese frosting -

cream cheese - 2 x 200g
icing sugar - 200g

- beat the cheese until smooth
- add in the icing sugar and beat until fluffy.

* can add vanilla or any other flavor if preferred. I kept mine simple :)

I crumb coated the cake with the same butter cream frosting I used for my mocha cake but omitted the cocoa powder.


Tina said...
February 10, 2012 at 4:41 AM

This is a very creative cake and you did such an amazing job. I am glad you posted this-when Zoha gets older she can see this gem of a cake commemorating her birth. That is so cool! Amazing and talented creation-thanks so much for sharing.

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