a toasted marshmallow chocolate cake:
|Yeah, I know.|
This year, her cravings took her back to a simpler era. A time of great changes and delectable snack cake accessibility. The 60's.
The Banana Flip.
Many snack cakes have come and gone, failing to stand the sugary test of time. But I have never before encountered such fervor for an extinct dessert item as I have when merely mentioning the infamous Nickles Banana Flip. For those not in the know, the Banana Flip was a simple banana flavored sponge cake, folded over like a taco and filled with banana cream.
View the beast in all it's glory:
I made a simple sponge cake batter and tossed in two mashed 'nanners. For good measure I also tossed in 1 tsp of banana flavoring because the liquor store was closed. I would have preferred banana liqueur. If you know me, I firmly believe that the secret to baking is to drown everything in flavored liqueurs. Get people buzzed enough and hey! You are the best baker the world has ever known!
To emulate the taco structure of the little cakes, I spread a very thin later of the batter into the cute lil' 6 inch round pan. Think pancakes. After I smacked the cake out of the pan I simply folded it over carefully on a sheet of wax paper.
Next came the filling. I made a basic banana flavored buttercream frosting, and whipped the ever loving snot out of it.
Armed with with my good old piping bag, I fancily squirted the little cake tacos full of the heavenly goo,
|This one was Mom's Banana cake taco, so I made it extra fancy and overflowing.|
|And thar she blows!|
Banana Cake Taco: (Because we can't officially call them flips!)2 bananas (mashed like your childhood dreams)
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter
3 Tbsp milk
1 Tsp banana flavour
1 Tsp vanilla flavour
1 Tsp baking powder
1 Tsp baking soda
peench of salt (a peench is my own personal measuring unit for a very stingy pinch)
Banana Creme Filling:
1 1/2 cup salted butter (12 Tbsp)
3 cups powdered sugar
4 Tbsp milk
1 Tsp vanilla flavour
1 Tsp Banana Flavour
Peench of salt
DirectionsFocus your chi and envision your spirit animal. Then, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 6 inch round pan with butter and lightly coat in flour Mash up two bananas to a sticky, syrupy nectar.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. The butter should (always) be at room temperature. The butter is watching you! Mash it up with the banana goo and add it to the other ingredients.
Mix in the eggs and flavourings. Beat it all together on a medium speed with either an electric mixer, or with your own brute strength (you tiger, you). Scoop a small amount of batter and spread a 1/4 inch layer into the 6 inch pan (One whopping spoonful). Bake for 10 minutes. Remove pan and invert it onto a sheet of wax paper or foil. Tap pan until the little sponge cake flops out decadently. Fold it over. Repeat process.
Makes 7-8 Cake Tacos
For the Filling,
Combine milk, butter, flavourings and salt in a mixing bowl. Beat frosting on highest speed for 5 minutes. Texture should be creamy, light and fluffy. Add an extra Tbsp of milk if it is too dry, or thick.
Pipe filling into cake tacos and enjoy!
Oh, did I mention they were a HIT! Mom claimed they were as good as the original banana flip, if not better.
I imagine you can substitute the mashed bananas and banana extract for just about any other fruit your greedy, bacchanalian heart desires!