I love a good banana cake. Often I make a simple banana loaf, which is pretty much perfect for any occasion. And sometimes I make banana and choc chip muffins, which are great as an afternoon snack, or for the kids’ lunch boxes. Over the long weekend we had friends coming over for afternoon tea and, along with a cheese platter, I wanted to bake a cake. I had a few bananas that were overripe which made banana cake the obvious choice. But I wanted to make it just a little bit fancier than my standard banana loaf. A friend of mine had forwarded me this recipe a while ago and I had been hankering to make this delicious honey and cinnamon buttercream icing. In this recipe she suggests making it with a carrot cake, which would be heavenly, but I thought i’d give it a go with banana cake. The result was lip-smacking amazing. Seriously, you need to make this icing. It is absolutely delicious and paired with the banana cake, the result is divine. I will write out the full recipe here for convenience but you can easily use your ‘go-to’ banana or carrot cake recipe and it’ll be perfect….
It was my daughter’s 4th birthday last month and the birthday girl always gets to choose the cake. I’ve never made a superhero cake but I’ve done many fairy cakes, a Castle Cake, a Ladybird cake, Under the Sea Cake, Number Four Cake, Confetti Cake, Garden theme cake, and plenty more. This time, I breathed a sigh of relief when Miss H requested the Kit Kat Cake. If you’re contemplating your child’s next birthday cake and want something that’s easy, quick and has plenty of “wow factor”, the Kit Kat cake is the answer. No special baking skills are required to create this colourful, fun, eye-catching cake that will impress adults and kids alike!
You can make the Kit Kat Cake using your favourite chocolate cake recipe. Any cake will do. Just use your “go-to” cake and bake it in two tins. The best thing about this cake is it will hide any imperfections. The whole cake will be iced in chocolate buttercream and then covered with candy. You can even make things easier on yourself by baking the cake ahead of time, cover with plastic wrap then put in the freezer.
What you need:
– Kit Kats. Approximately 8 packets of regular sized Kit Kats (equalling 36 individual fingers.) Buy more than you need, for tasting purposes!
– Smarties or M&M’s (or a combination of both!). 1 packet is adequate but adequate is not really what we’re after here, is it? Buy two packets and use what you “need.”
– Buttercream icing (recipe to follow)
– A cake board, palette knife, willingness to taste-test, and a sense of fun!
To ensure the assembly of the cake goes smoothly, prepare your workstation. It’s a good idea to break up your Kit Kats in advance. You will want these broken into two-finger pieces. Snap your regular sized Kit Kats into pairs while they are still in packet. This way you are not using your fingertips and transferring your fingerprints. Line up all your Kit Kats and if any are smudged set aside for baker’s consumption!
Use your favourite chocolate cake recipe and divide the mixture into two 9-inch cake (22cm) pans. Once cooked (when a skewer comes out clean) allow to cool completely. Don’t worry if your cakes do not look perfect – they don’t need to! Once the two chocolate cakes are cooked and cooled, remove from baking pan and trim off the “dome” that forms on most layer cakes so that the cakes are perfectly flat on the top and bottom.
Making the buttercream
Chocolate Buttercream Icing Recipe
– 300g butter, softened
– 5 cups soft icing mixture, sifted
– ¾ -1 cup cocoa, sifted (depending on your desired strength of chocolate flavour)
– 5 tbsp. milk
– Using an electric mixer beat the butter until pale and fluffy.
– Add the icing mixture and cocoa a little at a time until fully incorporated.
– When this is fully combined add the milk and the chocolate buttercream will become light and fluffy.
Assembling the cake
Put a dollop of buttercream on the serving plate or cake board to glue down the first layer of cake. Then, cover the first layer with buttercream and lay down your second flat layer of cake. Cover completely around and the top of the cake with the buttercream and be generous about it.
Now you’re ready to decorate! Simply place the Kit Kat pairs around the sides of the cake, pushing them into the buttercream icing. Using Kit Kats in pairs around the edge of provides a perfect guide when cutting the cake. Continue around the circumference of the cake, and then fill the top with M&Ms and you’re almost done. Use a colourful ribbon to tie around the cake for a striking finish. As well as being decorative a ribbon provides additional support to the cake.
Variations: You can also substitute the M & M’s for smarties, jelly beans, flakes or mars bars. White chocolate Kit Kats also look fabulous around a white chocolate mud cake. Use your imagination and come up with a unique design.
Not only does this cake look awesome, it is so easy to make. No cake decorating skills are required and it will impress all the guests. Happy baking!
*This post first appeared on Kidspot
If you have any questions about making this cake, or suggested variations, please leave a comment below. I reckon next time I might make this with white chocolate Kit Kats!
As a mum to three girls I’ve put on my fair share of themed birthday parties. I’ve done a Fairy theme; Garden theme, Pink theme (no requests for superheroes in our house!) and I’ve managed to dodge a bullet, er, I mean request for a Frozen theme. I just can’t go there. Queen Elsa has invaded too many areas of my life already and I need some distance from her. Against better wisdom, perhaps, I always ask my children what theme they would like for their party. I had hoped my three year-old would request a Fairy Garden theme as I could simply combine the previous two parties, and, voila! But no, given her favourite colour right now is “all the colours of the rainbow” she asked for a Rainbow Party. And she got it….
Yesterday, 5 daughters, 5 sons-in-law and 14 grandchildren gathered together to celebrate my mum’s 70th birthday. And what a celebration it was! We enjoyed sensational food and wine in a gorgeous setting, vibrant and animated conversation (a staple of Fox family functions) and we toasted to a fine lady, loving and selfless mum, and all-round remarkable woman. If you want to read about why she’s so special, you can read about her here….
In the past, I’ve kept my kids’ birthday parties to modest affairs – the cheap and cheerful variety. But this year for Miss A’s 5th birthday I decided to spend a little more time and money on creating a spectacular party for my beautiful girl. When I asked her what type of party she would like, I was not the least bit surprised when she requested a Fairy theme.
At the age of five she’s delightfully immersed in imaginative play and the existence of fairies are very real. The best part about planning this party was consulting with my client every step of the way. Miss A loved every part of the event coordination, from developing the invitees list, to collecting the RSVPs and deciding on catering requirements. We had so much fun and her involvement made it a really fun and exciting event….
Who doesn’t love Rocky Road?! It’s a classic and impossible to stop at one piece. Everyone has their own version of Rocky Road and this is mine. The green M&Ms and raspberries give it festive colours and the addition of crunchie gives it…well…crunch! I made a massive batch of this to give away as gifts for friends and kinder/childcare staff. It is a winner!
The recipe below is for a kid-friendly version and so I’ve omitted nuts.
It was no surprise when Miss J requested a PINK party to celebrate her 3rd birthday. Recently pink has become her favourite colour, and we happen to have a lot of it in this house! Miss A had the same preoccupation with the colour pink at the same age.
I toyed with the idea of hosting Miss J’s party elsewhere, having been to some great parties lately. But instead I opted for a low key affair at home and I reckon I got it right. It was a relatively stress free event which didn’t cost much in terms of dollars or my sanity. The key was keeping the numbers down. Last year Miss J got a bit overwhelmed by the excitement so this year we only invited a few cousins and a couple of friends. All the party guests were preschoolers and I kept it short. An hour and a half is plenty for a 3-year-old….
This flourless orange and almond cake is simple to make and incredibly light, moist and delicious. It’s my “go to” cake when I want a break from chocolate (which is rare) and is the perfect finish to any meal or for morning tea. Whilst its very easy, it’s quite time consuming so you will need to set aside a couple of hours. The key to getting this cake just right is all in the timing. As soon as the edges are going golden, that’s the time to take this cake out.
1. Provide sugar! For a brief moment I considered presenting a fruit platter but then I came to my senses. Keep party food simple. Bright, colourful and sweet!
2. Decorate cake with lashings of buttercream. It forgives any sins and it’s the only thing the kids will eat.
3. Party games are great at a preschoolers party but they don’t have long attention spans. Pass the parcel is a favourite and Pinata is a crowd pleaser and gives them a chance to let off some steam (sugar!). …