In case you missed it, everyone is apparently a baker now thanks COVID and carby treats like banana bread, sourdough and foccacia are always welcome inspo on the 'Gram. And why not, these are weird and uncertain times and a spot of comfort baking can go a long way to lifting one's spirits.
That's why we simply had to share the most delicious and spectacular recipe floating around the web at the moment thanks to the team over at Dole. Combining two of our favourite eats—Cadbury's Caramilk and banana bread, send this show-stopping cake to the top of your to-do list stat. We promise your iso mates will love you forever.
Recipe | Banana Caramilk Cake
For the cake:
- 250g butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup golden caster sugar
- 4 eggs, at room temperature
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 ripe Dole bananas, large, peeled and mashed
- 2 tsp baking soda
- ½ cup hot milk
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ block of Cadbury Caramilk, broken into squares
For the Caramilk Ganache:
- 1 block (190g) Cadbury Caramilk
- 200g cream
For the Vanilla Buttercream icing:
- 100g butter, room temperature
- 2 cups icing sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp milk
- ½ block of Cadbury Caramilk, chopped, to decorate
- Preheat oven to 180°C bake. Line two medium (22cm diameter) cake tins with baking paper.
- Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then vanilla and Dole bananas.
- Dissolve baking soda in hot milk, add to mixture and stir to combine.
- Sift in flour and baking powder and fold gently into mixture until just combined. Do not over mix.
- Spoon mixture into prepared tins and smooth tops. Gently press squares of Caramilk chocolate into the cake batter. Bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean and the top is golden and springy to the touch. Allow to cool in tins and then turn out.
- While the cakes are cooling, prepare the Caramilk ganache. In a bain-marie, gently heat the cream over a low heat until small bubbles begin to appear.
- Remove the cream from the heat and add the chocolate. Stir gently until the chocolate is almost fully melted. Use a whisk to combine the two until the ganache becomes glossy. Cool in the refrigerator and stir occasionally It will gradually thicken over time – it can take around two hours to get to the desired texture. Any remaining ganache can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
- When the ganache is cool, prepare the vanilla buttercream. In a medium bowl, cream butter with icing sugar, adding ½ cup at a time. Add in vanilla and milk and beat with an electric beater until well smooth and fluffy. You may need to add more milk to reach desired consistency.
- Once the cake is cool and the Caramilk ganache thick enough to hold its shape, spread the ganache on the top of one cake, gently place the second on top and ice with Vanilla Buttercream Icing as desired.
- Drizzle the remaining ganache over the iced cake, and gently arrange chopped or whole pieces of Caramilk on top.
- Store in a sealed container in a cool place for 2-3 days.
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Recipe and image credit: Dole NZ