Stand Out Dessert

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I usually really like the desserts I bake.  Sometimes I love them.  And then, every once and a while, I make something new that automatically climbs to my list of top desserts.  If this cake isn’t one of those, it sure is close.  And without a doubt, I WILL be making the ganache again, and soon!

When I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it.  Coffee and banana together?  That was a flavor combination I had yet to try but was very intrigued.  I’ll tell you right now, I was not disappointed!  Make this Banana Cake with Mocha Ganache and you will not be either.

fully iced 1

This recipe is time consuming, but not very difficult if you have some baking experience.  I actually thought the ganache was much easier than the last time I made one (that could be because I was relaxed and not rushed, though).

This banana cake is worth trying, even if you already have a favorite go-to recipe.  The flavors are a little different with a richness from the coffee and the delicious scent of cinnamon.  This is what you need:

banana cake ingred

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees

Spray your cake pans with non-stick cooking spray and line the bottoms with parchment paper

baking pans for ban cake

You then need to sift your dry ingredients; I don’t have a sifter, so I improvised!

fake sifter 2

This worked out perfectly- goes to show you that you don’t need fancy tools to make delicious desserts

fake sifter

Sift all of your dry ingredients together

flour into sift

Flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt

dry ingred in sift

Then whisk the dry ingredients together and set aside

Next up, cream together the butter and sugar

butter sugar 1

Do it for a few minutes, until the mixture is light and fluffy

butter sugar 2

Then add the coffee grinds and vanilla

coffee and vanilla added

I’m telling you, this makes an excellent addition to the banana cake

coffee and vanilla mixed

Add in your eggs, one at a time

adding egg

Then add in the half the dry ingredients, banana, and sour cream, mixing between each addition

mashed ban

adding ban

Mix in the remaining dry ingredients just until combined; don’t overbeat

batter

Divide batter evenly between two 8 or 9-inch cake pans

batter in pans

Bake for ~30 minutes, or until lightly browned and a knife comes out clean

cake baked

Meanwhile, your ganache is made up of 3 simple ingredients:

ganache ingred

You can get started on this while your cake is in the oven

chopping chocolate

Chop up the chocolate, coarsely, and prepare extra-strong coffee

chopped choc

Slice up your butter and set aside

cut butter

Now set up your double boiler; bring water to a simmer

simmering water

Place heat-proof bowl over the pot

double broiler

Pour the coffee over your chocolate

coffee over ganache

Continuously stir until chocolate is melted and smooth

cooking ganache 1

Remove bowl from heat and whisk in the butter

cooking ganache 3

Your ganache will get very creamy

cooking ganache 4

Then allow ganache to cool, stirring occasionally

cooking ganache 2

You know it is ready when the mixture gets nice and thick

cooking ganache 5

Time to put together your cake!

Run a knife along the edges of each layer to loosen cake from the pans

knife around cake

Take your serving platter and put it over your bottom layer

plate over cake pan

Hold pan and platter together as you turn over the pan; the cake layer should come right out

cake on plate 1

Remove parchment paper; notice that the bottom of the cake is nice and flat which will work nicely for layering

cake on plate 2

icing 1st layer 1

Use a large spatula to spread the ganache

icing 1st layer 2

Cover the entire layer

icing 1st layer 3

Use the same methodology to flip your top layer onto a separate plate

flip layer 2

flip layer 2 2

flip layer 2 3

This way you will have the top layer right-side-up on the cake

flip layer 2 4

To ice the rest of the cake, pour generous amounts of ganache on top and then spread

icing 2nd layer 1

Be careful not to spread to thin, this will keep you from collecting crumbs on the outside of your frosting

icing 2nd layer 2

icing 2nd layer 3

Use up all the ganache, because you can never have too much frosting on a cake

empty icing bowl

Run the spatula gently around the sides of the cake to smooth out the edges

fully iced 2

Store cake at room temperature for up to three days

cake sliced 2 cake slice

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Banana Cake with Mocha Ganache

Recipe from La Mia Vita Dolce, and originally from David Lebovitz

Serves 12-16

Ingredients:

Banana Cake

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon instant coffee grinds

2 large eggs

6 tablespoons sour cream (I used reduced fat)

2 cups mashed ripe bananas (~5 medium bananas)

Ganache

10 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate

1/2 cup extra-strong brewed coffee

10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Directions:

Banana Cake

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees

Spray your cake pans with non-stick cooking spray and line the bottoms with parchment paper

Sift dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt)

Then whisk the dry ingredients together and set aside

Cream together the butter and sugar for a few minutes, until the mixture is light and fluffy

Then add the coffee grinds and vanilla and mix

Add in your eggs, one at a time

Then add in the half the dry ingredients, banana, and sour cream, mixing between each addition

Mix in the remaining dry ingredients at low speed, just until combined; don’t overbeat

Divide batter evenly between two 8 or 9-inch cake pans

Bake for ~30 minutes, or until lightly browned and a knife comes out clean

Ganache

Make ganache while cake is in oven

Chop up the chocolate, coarsely, and prepare extra-strong coffee

Slice up your butter and set aside

Now set up your double boiler; bring water to a simmer in medium pot over low-medium heat

Place heat-proof bowl of chocolate over the pot

Pour the coffee over your chocolate

Continuously stir until chocolate is melted and smooth

Remove bowl from heat and whisk in the butter until creamy

Then allow ganache to cool, stirring occasionally

Ganache is ready when the mixture gets nice and thick

Build Your Cake

Run a knife along the edges of each layer to loosen cake from the pans

Take your serving platter and put it over your bottom cake layer

Hold pan and platter together as you turn over the pan; the cake layer should come right out

Remove parchment paper from cake

Put just under a cup of ganache onto the cake layer

Use a large spatula to spread the ganache, covering the entire layer

Use the same methodology to flip your top layer onto a separate plate

Then place layer gently over frosted cake

To ice the rest of the cake, pour generous amounts of ganache on top and then spread

Run the spatula gently around the sides and top of the cake to smooth out the edges

Store cake at room temperature for up to three days

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37 Responses to “Stand Out Dessert”

  1. Monica October 17, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    This looks absolutely delicious. And, your step-by-step photos are fantastic. Baking layer cakes can be intimidating, but your detailed photos take all of the guess work out of it. Thank you for such thorough and clear instructions. Excellent. I’m not much of a baker, but you’ve inspired me. I have to try this one!

    • KeepItSweet October 17, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

      Thank you for such a nice comment! That really means a lot to me!! Please let me know if you try the recipe

  2. Madison Mayberry October 17, 2010 at 8:50 pm #

    Truly beautiful job on this cake! The ganache looks to die for and I’m a sucker for anything with bananas in it.

    • KeepItSweet October 17, 2010 at 8:53 pm #

      The ganache is amazing, I can’t wait to try it on other desserts

  3. The Taster October 17, 2010 at 9:04 pm #

    Seriously, this is one of the best cakes Lauren has made, I really enjoyed it.

  4. Barefoot Belle October 17, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    Yum! I’ve been drinking Banana Cocoa-Espresso Smoothies for breakfast the past few weeks–this looks like an entirely decadent rendition of those! I can’t wait for an occasion to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Grace October 17, 2010 at 9:30 pm #

    I am so happy you enjoyed the cake! It’s by far the best banana cake I’ve ever made. If you have a chance you should try the salted candied peanuts for the top, they are quite addictive. I think I will try making them with honey next time.

    • KeepItSweet October 18, 2010 at 6:30 am #

      i’ll definitely be trying those peanuts, thanks for letting me know!

  6. Lauren October 17, 2010 at 11:05 pm #

    This looks positively delish! I can see why it climbed to the top of your list!

  7. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum October 18, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    Mocha ganache? Yes please!!!

  8. TheHealthyApron October 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    Looks like the perfect weekend project! Yum yum!

  9. Heather October 18, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

    i’m moaning internally over the mocha ganache!

    • KeepItSweet October 18, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

      it was so easy, you must try it!

  10. walkthesand October 18, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    Ooooooh yes please. I’m trying this.
    Banana. Coffee. Perfect.
    Hope you had an awesome weekend.
    x

    • KeepItSweet October 18, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

      let me know if you do and how it turns out!

  11. ShawnsPlate October 18, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    This has to be delicious! Three of my favs…Bananas, Chocolate & Coffee!

    Also, love the step by step instructions & photos!

  12. erica @ fashionmeetsfood October 18, 2010 at 8:03 pm #

    wow how amazing does this look!! Seriously I need to try to make this.

    xo

  13. taylor October 19, 2010 at 12:14 am #

    Mmm banana and chocolate…such a perfect combination! Now I need a reason to make a cake :)

  14. Joyti October 19, 2010 at 5:36 am #

    Looks and sounds amazing. And I love the way you provided step by step photography.

  15. coolblogger October 19, 2010 at 9:07 am #

    lovely recipe and lovely pics.

  16. blackbookkitchendiaries October 19, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    what a beautiful cake .. sounds so yummy and decadent.. i cant wait to give this one a try. thank you for sharing.

  17. Susi October 19, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

    This cake looks incredibly delicious! Love the banana/mocha combination and since I have quite a few ripe bananas on the counter, this might just be the recipe to use them up with :o) Thanks for sharing!

  18. Bo October 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    Banana and chocolate is probably my favorite combination. I’m bookmarking your recipe.

    • KeepItSweet October 21, 2010 at 10:29 am #

      thanks for visiting he blog- let me know if you try the recipe!

  19. Dana - Food for Thought October 22, 2010 at 8:06 am #

    I love this more sophisticated twist on a simple banana bread. Looks delicious!!

  20. Balanced Healthy Life October 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

    This looks so good! I am a fan of anything that has banana and chocolate! : )

  21. Liz @ Blog is the New Black October 22, 2010 at 7:53 pm #

    Just found your blog- drooling!

    • KeepItSweet October 22, 2010 at 8:37 pm #

      thanks for visiting, i hope you enjoy it!

  22. fooddreamer October 23, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    Oh wow! Yes, I can see why this would climb to the top of your list. I need to save this one for future reference!

  23. Christina January 27, 2011 at 6:34 pm #

    Mmmm…I LOVE banana cake with chocolate frosting! I bet that mocha ganache tastes amazing! Yummy!! :)

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