Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Cake

This is an oldie, but it was in need of a picture update. I love banana cake. It is one of the easiest cakes to make. And so far this is my favorite version. You can make it in the traditional loaf pan, but this time I used a 22cm square baking dish and I only made half of the recipe. I wanted to decorate it with banana pieces cut into stars. I recommend that if you want to use the star bananas, to only do it if you are making half of the recipe or use a larger baking sheet to spread the batter more. As the stars are so small, they will probably end up sinking to the bottom if the cake is too high.

We are having some friends over for dinner tonight, so this will be our dessert. I’m also excited that at least one of our house projects is done. The background in this picture is the dinning table that Pieter and I made. We couldn’t find a table that we both loved, so we decided to make it ourselves. And I am so happy that we did because I love it and it is unique. We still need to make the bench with the same wood and then do some chair shopping for the remaining space.

Ingredients:

4 ripe bananas, mashed (it is important that they are ripe)

1 cup of sugar

2 eggs

125gr butter, melted

2 cups of all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

2 teaspoons of baking powder

5 teaspoons of milk

2 teaspoons of vanilla essence

½ cup of peanut butter

1/3 cup of cocoa powder

Extras:

Bananas for decoration (optional), I used a small star cookie cutter

 

Preheat the oven to 180/350F. Line an oven dish or loaf pan with parchment paper.

Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl, except for the peanut butter and cocoa powder.

Place the peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. This will make it easier to mix.

Divide the mixture into 2 bowls. Mix the peanut butter with half of the batter, and the cacao powder with the other half. Spoon the batters into the prepared mold, alternating flavors. Once you’ve spooned all of the batter. Use a knife to swirl the batter around and create a marble effect.

Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. If you make half the recipe like I did, It will take about 25 minutes to cook depending on the shape of your baking mold. When it’s done it will be golden and just use the toothpick method to double check if it is cooked through.

Allow the cake to cool down before slicing it.

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Brie & Butternut Squash Chocolate Cake

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I’ve been teasing you guys with this cake on Instagram for over a week now. I made it for the watch giveaway and for a small tea party that I hosted for some blogger friends. I know that the initial thought of brie, squash and chocolate might sound a bit weird, but it works. Think of it as a kind of cheesecake. I keep it in the fridge because of the cheese, but I prefer to eat it at room temperature. So you can just take it out 20-30 minutes before serving if you have time. I prefer it this way because you can taste the spices a bit better. It’s a very simple but rich fall cake.

This recipe is for a 19cm cake mold.

Ingredients:

For the chocolate part:

120grs of dark chocolate, chopped

57grs of butter

½ cup of sugar

2 eggs

2 egg yolks

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon of cacao powder

Pinch of salt

1 ½ teaspoons of ginger powder

1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

½ teaspoon of cardamom powder

For the brie & butternut squash part:

100grs of brie, weighted without the rind

1/3 cup of butternut squash puree

1 tablespoon of ginger syrup (if you can’t find it, use honey instead)

1 egg yolk

2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon of powdered sugar

½ teaspoon of ginger powder

½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder

 

For the butternut squash puree, just chop 1 small butternut squash and place it on a microwave safe bowl. Cover it tight with plastic film and microwave it for about 7-10 minutes, till it becomes soft.  Let it cool down. You can do this the day before and just keep it in the fridge.

Line the bottom of your cake mold with parchment paper. Grease and flour the edges of the mold.

Melt the butter with the chocolate in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in between until it has completely melted. Then allow it to cool down for a few minutes.

Preheat your oven to 180C/350F.

While the chocolate-butter mixture is cooling down, start making the brie-butternut squash part. Place the brie in a bowl and microwave it for about 1 minute until it becomes very soft and melts a bit. Then add the butternut squash puree and blend it until smooth. Then add the ginger syrup, flour, powdered sugar, ginger and cinnamon powder. Blend it again. Finally add the egg yolk and blend until everything is well combined. Set it aside.

Then continue making the chocolate part. Place eggs and egg yolk in a large bowl, add the sugar and whisk until well combined. Then slowly whisk in the cooled down chocolate-butter mixture. Then add the vanilla, flour, cocoa powder, salt, ginger powder, cinnamon powder and cardamom powder. Whisk until everything is well combined.

Reserve about 1/3 of a cup of the butternut and chocolate mixture, to make the top swirl.

Pour the butternut mixture into the bowl of the chocolate mixture. With a spatula fold the mixture in. Then carefully pour it into the prepared cake mold.

Use a spoon to drizzle the reserved chocolate mixture over the top. Then drizzle the remaining butternut squash part. Using the back of a spoon of knife, swirl it around a bit.

Bake it for 25 minutes. Then set it aside to cool down in the mold.

Once the cake has cooled down, carefully remove it from the mold. Because of the cheese, store it in the fridge. Enjoy!

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Funfetti Birthday Cake Ice Cream

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A Funfetti cake has been on my to-do list for a while, just because it looked like fun. But to make it a bit different, I made it into an ice cream dessert. We are supposed to have a heat-wave this week, so having some ice cream in the freezer will be very welcome. I tried a couple of recipes for the cake. I was hesitant to use shortening because I never use it or buy it. I tried a recipe that used only butter. The taste was great but the color was too dark, as this is supposed to be a white cake. So I gave in and bought some shortening. I ended up using this recipe from the Kitchn. I just skipped the almond extract and made half of the recipe in a 21cm mold.

Now as Funfetti cakes are very sweet, so is this ice cream. If you would like it less sweet, you can just skip the white chocolate, so that the ice cream is just vanilla flavored.

Ingredients:

For the cake (21cm mold):

2 egg whites

½ cup of whole milk

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour

¾ cup of sugar

2 teaspoons of baking powder

Pinch of salt

2 tablespoons of butter, very soft

4 tablespoons of shortening

¼ cup of multi-colored sprinkles

For the ice cream:

2 cups of whole milk

2 cups of cream

1 cup of sugar

1 vanilla bean or 1 ½ teaspoon of vanilla essence

150grs of white chocolate, chopped

4 egg yolks

Extras:

Ice cream cones (optional)

Cotton candy (optional)

Extra sprinkles (optional)

 

To make the cake:

Preheat your oven to 180C/350F. Grease and flour the edges of your cake mold. Line the bottom of the mold with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, mix the egg  whites, ¼ of a cup of milk and vanilla. In another bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix with an electric mixer for about 30 seconds. Add the butter and shortening and mix until well-combined. Pour the remaining milk and continue to mix for about 3 minutes. Then scrape down the sides of the bowl and gradually add the egg mixture. Mix until everything is combined. Finally fold in the sprinkles.

Pour the cake batter into the prepared mold and bake for 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow it to cool down before removing it off the mold. Set it aside.

To make the ice cream:

In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar.

Pour the milk and cream in a medium sauce pan. Add the vanilla seeds and bean, and let it come to a simmer over medium heat. Then slowly pour it into the egg yolk mixture while whisking it.

Then pour the mixture back into the saucepan and stir with a wooden spoon until it thickens. You know it is done when it coats the back of the spoon and the line that you draw with your finger stays. This will take about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat. Add the chopped white chocolate. Whisk it until all of the chocolate has melted. Pass the mixture through a fine mesh sieve and allow it to cool down to room temperature. Once it is at room temperature, place it in the fridge until it is completely cold.

Once it is cold, if you have a layer of white chocolate solidified at the top, just scrape it off carefully and melt it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Mix it until it has completely melted again and whisk it into the ice cream mixture. Then freeze it in the ice cream machine according to its instructions.

In the meanwhile, chop half of the funfetti cake.

Once the ice cream is ready, alternate pouring it into the container with the pieces of cake. Freeze overnight.

I served it in ice cream cones with some cotton candy on top, and extra sprinkles if you wish.

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Orange, Vanilla & Lavender Cheesecake

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This recipe is for a 19cm round cake mold with a detachable bottom.

Ingredients:

For the lavender cookie crust:

180grs of Bastogne cookies, you can also use graham crackers

3 tablespoons of butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 tablespoon of dried lavender

For the cheesecake:

400grs of cream cheese, at room temperature

100gr of sour cream

2 eggs

¾ cups of sugar

Pinch of salt

1 vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence

2 tablespoons of orange zest

1 tablespoon of cacao powder, sifted

 

Preheat your oven to 160C/325F. Line the bottom and sides of your cake mold with parchment paper.

Start by making the crust. Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat with the dried lavender.

Place the cookies and vanilla essence in the food processor, and pulse until you get crumbs. Then slowly add the lavender butter. Once everything is mixed through, put the crumbs into the bottom of your cake mold. Press with your fingers or the back of a spoon so that there is a nice even layer on the bottom of the mold.  Set it aside.

Using an electric mixer, whisk the sugar with the orange zest to release the oils. Then add the cream cheese, vanilla and sour cream. Whisk until everything is well combined.

Then add the eggs and salt. Whisk until everything is mixed through. Reserve about 1/3 of a cup of the cheesecake batter to make the swirls later.

Pour the rest of the cheesecake batter into your prepared cake mold.

Whisk one tablespoon of cacao powder into the reserved cheesecake mixture. Using a spoon, drizzle the chocolate batter over the cheesecake. Using a toothpick or the tip of a knife, start making swirls.

Bake the cheesecake for 30 minutes. The center should still wiggle a bit.

Allow it to come to room temperature. Then place it in the fridge for at least 4 hours, better if it is overnight.

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Chamomile & Lemon Loaf Cake

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This is a delicately flavored cake. Chamomile used to be my favorite tea as a kid; I still love it but now I’m more of a green tea person. But it still reminds me of those times when my mom would make me tea. The chamomile is very subtle but you can taste/smell it a bit at the end. I used tea bags to infuse the milk with chamomile. It is a very simple one bowl cake and perfect to take if you go to a picnic for example. I am longing for spring weather and going biking through the flower fields and forest. And when we do that, I always make snacks like this to take with.

This recipe is for a 25cm loaf pan.

Ingredients:

90grs of butter, softened

30grs of sour cream

Zest of 2 lemons

1 ½ cups of sugar

2 eggs

1 ½ cups of self-rising flour, sifted

½ cup of milk

6 chamomile tea bags

Pinch of salt

 

Preheat your oven to 180C/350F and line your loaf pan with parchment paper.

Place the milk in a medium saucepan and let it come to a simmer over medium heat. Once it comes to a simmer, turn off the heat and add the chamomile bags. Press each tea bag a bit with a spoon so they get soaked and release the flavor. Cover the saucepan with a lid and let it steep for 10 minutes.

Once the 10 minutes are up, strain the milk with a fine mesh sieve. Allow the milk to cool down.

In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugar and lemon zest.

Then add the eggs one by one. Then fold in the sour cream and salt. Finally fold in the flour alternating with the milk. Once it’s all combined, pour it into the prepared loaf pan.

Bake for about 50 minutes, till golden and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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Blood Orange, Chocolate & Chili Upside-Down Cake

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I love the gorgeous tint that blood oranges have and I was looking forward to making a recipe with them. I find the combination of orange and chocolate delicious, and to give it a little kick I added one chili. This is not meant to be spicy; you just feel a little tingling on the tongue at the end.  And I felt it more the day after. After that I don’t know because we finished it on the second day. It is a very simple, soft and no-fuzz cake.

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This cake is for a 21cm cake mold.

Ingredients:

For the cake:

1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour

1 ¼ teaspoon of baking soda

½ teaspoon of salt

½ cup of cocoa powder

¾ cup of vegetable oil

1 cup of milk

1 tablespoon of white vinegar

2 egg yolks

1 egg

1 ½ cup of sugar

Zest of 1 orange

1 bird’s eye chili, chopped (I used a 5 cm long chili)

For the orange part:

1 or 2 blood oranges, sliced into about 1/2 cm slices

½ cup of sugar

3 tablespoons of butter

¼ cup of orange juice

 

Preheat your oven to 180C/350F and line the bottom of the cake mold with parchment paper.

Once the oven is hot, start to prepare the cake batter. Sift the flour with the cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.

Chop the chili with the orange zest, until it is very fine. Then place the zest and chili in a large bowl along with the sugar. Whisk it on low speed for 30 seconds to allow the oils to come out. Then add the egg and egg yolks, and whisk until it is all incorporated. Add the vegetable oil, milk and vinegar. Finally add the dry ingredients and whisk until it is well combined.

To make the orange part, place the butter, sugar and orange juice in a large pan over medium heat. Let it cook for about 3 minutes until the sugar dissolves, swirling the pan around. Carefully pour it into the prepared cake mold and arrange the orange slices on top of the caramel. Press a bit so that the orange slices stick to it.

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Then carefully pour over the cake batter.

Bake it for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Let it cool for 5 minutes in the mold and then carefully run a knife through the edges of the cake and turn it upside down on a serving platter.

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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Elderflower Frosting & Sugared Cranberries

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This carrot cake is always a winner when I have friends over or when I take it to house parties. It’s moist and so easy to make. This time I added some elderflower cordial to the frosting to add a floral tone. I love elderflower cordial and we always have a bottle in the house, even though we mostly use it for gin & tonics. If you like elderflower, you may also like this Strawberry Elderflower Lattice Pie.

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This recipe is for a small 19cm round cake mold. But you can easily double the recipe to make a larger cake.

Ingredients:

For the sugared cranberries:

2 cups of sugar

2 cups water

2 cups of fresh cranberries, washed and picked through

¾ cups of sugar

For the carrot cake:

1 cup of all-purpose flour

1 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups of shredded carrot

3/4 cup of pecans or walnuts, chopped

Zest of 1 mandarin

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of salt

For the cream cheese and elderflower frosting:

¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon of cream cheese at room temperature

3 tablespoons of butter, softened

3 tablespoons of elderflower cordial

2 cups of icing sugar

Extra:

Fresh mint leaves for decoration (optional)

 

 

Start by making the sugared cranberries the night before. Place 2 cups of water plus 2 cups of sugar in a medium saucepan and let it simmer over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Stir from time to time. Once the simple syrup is done, transfer it to a bowl and let it cool for 20 minutes. You want to let it cool before you add the cranberries otherwise they may pop.

Once the syrup has cooled down, add the cranberries and stir to coat them. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit in the fridge overnight.

The next morning, drain the cranberries. You can save the simple syrup for another recipe or for a cocktail. Place the ¾ cup of sugar on a shallow plate and start rolling the cranberries in it until they are evenly coated. Then place them on a baking sheet and let them dry for at least 1 hour.

To make the carrot cake, preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line the bottom of a 19cm round cake mold with parchment paper. Grease and flour the edges of the mold.

Beat the sugar with the eggs. Then add the vegetable oil, shredded carrot, the flour, the baking powder and the salt. Finally add the mandarin zest and the nuts. Pour the batter into the prepared cake mold.

Bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cake. Allow the cake to cool down completely before you start making the frosting.

To make the frosting, whisk the softened butter with the cream cheese until well combined. Then add the elderflower cordial and whisk. Then gradually add the icing sugar. Whisk until you have a smooth frosting.

Carefully remove the cake from the mold and plate it. Then frost it with the help of a spatula. I only added it to the top and swirled it around a bit with a spoon. Place some of the sugared cranberries in the middle of the cake. If you want you can add a few mint leaves for extra color. Keep the cake in the fridge. Enjoy!

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Chocolate Roulade with Fudge & Matcha Icing Sugar

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This is something my mom would make very often when I was growing up. The cake is soft and airy, and the fudge makes it decadent. And the best part is that it is so easy to make. My mom would always dust it with some icing sugar, I just added some matcha because I love how it combines with the chocolate. It gives it a slight earthiness.

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Ingredients:

For the cake:

6 tablespoons of all-purpose flour

6 tablespoons of cocoa powder

6 eggs

1 cup of sugar

For the fudge:

1 cup of milk

1 can of condensed milk

½ cup of sifted cocoa powder

1 teaspoon of butter

For the matcha icing sugar:

3 tablespoons of icing sugar

1 tablespoon of matcha

 

First make the fudge, You can do this a few days ahead and keep it in the fridge. Pour the milk into a medium saucepan, add the cacao powder and whisk it until well combined. Then add the condensed milk and stir with a wooden spoon over medium-low heat. You have to stir constantly to avoid it from burning. This will take about 20 minutes. When the fudge is thick and you can see the bottom of the pot, add the butter. Mix well and pour into a bowl to cool down. It will thicken even more as it cools down. Let it cool down completely before starting to make the cake.

To make the cake, preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Sift the cocoa powder with the flour.

Whisk the egg whites with half of the sugar until stiff peaks form. In another bowl, whisk the egg yolk with the remaining sugar. Then add 1/3 of the egg whites to the bowl with the yolks and mix it well. Then fold in half of the remaining egg whites. Finally fold in the rest of the egg whites until it is all mixed through. Then fold in the sifted cocoa powder and flour.

Pour the cake batter into a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Smooth it out with a spatula and tap it a bit to remove air bubbles.

Bake it for 15 minutes.

Once it is baked, remove it from the baking sheet by grabbing the parchment paper and place it on a cutting board. Let it cool for about 3 minutes and then grab one of the short ends and roll it with the parchment paper. Leave it rolled for about 5 minutes to cool down a bit. I find that this helps it mold better without it cracking. Once it has cooled down a bit, start spreading evenly the fudge. Then tightly roll it taking the parchment paper off as you roll. Transfer it to a plate and place it in the fridge for 1 hour to set.

Once the roulade has set, sift the icing sugar with the matcha. Once it is mixed, dust it over the roulade. Enjoy!

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Apricot, Date & Walnut Spiced Bread

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This spiced loaf is great to eat on its own but it also works well paired with some blue cheese. The sweetness of the loaf complements very well the strong cheese. We ate it with some Bleu d’Auvergne and fig jam on Saturday as part of our dinner. The apple sauce really keeps this loaf moist and it’s easy to pack, so it makes a nice edible gift as well.

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This recipe is for a medium size loaf pan.

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour

½ cup of sugar

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

½ teaspoon of grated nutmeg

1 cup of apple sauce

½ cup of sour cream

10grs of melted butter

Pinch of salt

100grs of chopped walnuts

1 cup of chopped dried apricots

1 cup of chopped dates

Zest of 1 orange

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a medium loaf pan with parchment paper. This just makes it easier to remove the loaf afterwards.

Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Pour the batter into the mold. Tap to get rid of any air bubbles.

Bake for about 40-50 minutes, until golden and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake with Amaranth Crust & Matcha Icing (Gluten-free)

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I made this cake last month for some friends who came over. I wanted to make a slightly different flourless chocolate cake, so I added an amaranth crust and some matcha icing sugar. I really love the combination of matcha with chocolate. If you also like this combination, maybe you want to check out my matcha brownie sticks, chocolate matcha popcorn or my matcha alfajores filled with fudge.

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This recipe is for a 21cm cake mold.

Ingredients:

For the crust:

2 cups of puffed amaranth

3 tablespoons of icing sugar

3 tablespoons of melted butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

For the cake:

230gr of dark chocolate, chopped

6 tablespoons of butter

6 eggs, whites separated from the yolk

½ cup of sugar

1 tablespoon of vanilla essence

For the matcha icing:

4 tablespoons of icing sugar

1 tablespoon of matcha

 

Preheat the oven to 135C/275F and line the bottom of the cake mold with parchment paper.

Mix all of the ingredients for the crust in a bowl. Then spread it over the bottom of the cake mold, pressing firmly. Set aside.

Melt the chocolate with the butter in the microwave for 30 second intervals at a time. Stirring in between, until it has completely melted. Set aside to cool down a bit. Then whisk in the egg yolks and the vanilla.

In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form, slowly adding the sugar. Add about 1/3 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture. Mix well to loosen it. Then gently fold in the remaining egg whites. Carefully pour the batter over the crust. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until the cake starts to pull from the edges.

Let the cake cool down completely before removing it from the mold. Don’t worry about the cracks on the top, the icing sugar will cover that. Then sift the icing sugar with the matcha. Sift the matcha icing over the cake.

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