Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Banana Cake with Praline Filling and White Chocolate Ganache

It's that time again where The Cake Slice bakers are baking up layers and layers of cake from Sky High:Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes by Alsia Huntsman and Peter Wynne.

I wanted to rename this post ...the cake that should had never been baked!

The cake itself was a breeze to put together. It baked up beautifully. The batter was splendid. The couple of crumbs of cake I snagged were heavenly. Next, I had to make candied pecans.

I managed to make them without the need of burn lotions or a fire extinguisher. Super awesome!

Then I had to make a white chocolate ganache. The first time it "curdled" and no matter how long I whipped it never came together. Attempt number two, yielded a whipped cream with shards of white chocolate mixed in. This is where I started to lose my mojo.

For the third attempt, I decided to heat all the cream and then pour it over the chocolate. I whisked the ganache until it was smooth and glossy. When the ganache cooled I whipped it up. And it came together like a dream. Oh, wait I forgot to add vanilla! I hurry over to the cabinet and grab caramel extract! DOH!

Hence the beige icing. I dip a spoon into the ganache and surprisingly it's quite delish. So, I go about icing my cake and adding decorative pecans on top. I look at my little cake and say "...awe your cute!".

I immediately call my friend Izzie and ask her if she and her husband would like to have coffee and dessert with me. She says yes! I turn around and assemble the cake box I bought earlier in the week. I then grab the cake and proceed to walk it over to the box when I hear ...splat!

That was my mojo saying "...peace out Gigi! And by the way, your cake is on the floor." Yes, the cake fell to its death on the floor ...face down.

If you would like to know what all components of this cake tasted like together then head on over to The Cake Slice. Where you'll find dozens and dozens of beautifully baked up triple layer cakes.

Print: Banana Cake with Praline Filling and White Chocolate Ganache
One Year Ago: Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting

45 comments:

Snooky doodle said...

oh my!! that s a baker s nightmare of flipping the ready made cake on the floor. At least you managed to take a photo and it looks super good. i just made some white chocolate ganache too and when i was whipping it taking care not to curdle it I just turned my face for a moment and when I looked bak it was curdled I was in despair at least I managed to safe half of the mixture which didn t start to curdle yet.

Katie said...

Oh gigi what a shame your cake went splat :( after all your hard work too. I would have been tempted to try and eat the top bits not in contact with the floor! It looked beautiful.

Caroline said...

oh, no! That's too bad since your cake does look really cute.
I would have salvaged the bottom part of the cake though since it hasn't touched the floor. 3-second-rule, Gigi hehe. :)

Dani said...

this photo is wonderful... sorry it went kerplunk!!! :(

Jo said...

your cake looks beautiful but what a pity that it went "splat". i'm sure you're going to give this a try again just to get your fair share!

thecoffeesnob said...

Oh what a shame! It is a gorgeous cake though, I bet it would have tasted divine. I would have just scooped whatever that wasn't touching the floor up and ate it anyway.

Isabelle said...

j'adore les saveurs que tu as mises ! très très beau gâteau :)

VeggieGirl said...

Ahh, so sorry, Gigi!! You win some, you lose some.

Moogie said...

Baking catastrophes have a unique kind of pain that assaults your stomach, pride and wallet. Yeah, I've been there and done that. So I feel your pain.

White chocolate is as temperamental as a 13-year old teenage girl. They will turn on you in a heart beat.

Rosie said...

Oh Gigi what a nightmare you seem to have had but have to say your cake looks stunning!!

Rosie x

Jodie said...

Your cake is GORGEOUS! And definitely "sky high!"

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

OMG...that is every bakers nightmare!!! You'll obviously have to make it again, cause you had me drooling on my keyboard. You'll get your mojo bake, Gigi, I know it!

TeaLady said...

What no pics sof the floor cake. I think I would have been like Rachel and Joey on Friends - salvaging the cheesecake off the hall floor. HeeHee. Glad the ganache finally came together for you. And it is pretty.

Lucy said...

Oh no! I am so sorry to hear you dropped the cake! But it looks gorgeous :)

PheMom said...

OH NO!!! I am seriously so sorry that happened. I get so frustrated when things start going wrong like that! I'm glad you at least got its picture first because it looks absolutely fabulous! Hang in there! Your mojo won't stay away forever. : )

Tanya said...

The cake looks gorgeous, but how sad that it fell on the ground! That's always my worst nightmare after making a cake.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

ugh--that is so disappointing! and it was so beautiful, too!

Mary Jo said...

that is so sad! i really like the way your icing turned out. i wasn't to pleased with the consistency of mine but yours look great!

Grace said...

oh no! frankly, it looks and sounds so good, i would've licked it off the floor. :)

Bria said...

Sorry to hear about your cake! There's nothing worse than putting in so much time, effort and money, only for it to be ruined. At least it looked fabulous for a short time. I feel for you!

Rachel said...

I would have cried my heart out if such a gorgeous cake fell to the floor...

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Oh no! After all that perseverance!
As others have said, at least you managed to take a photo so we could ooh and aah over it anyway. It looks and sounds absolutely gorgeous, if not that helpful for a New Year diet... ;-)

Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

ohh..gigi dear! I know..after all that hard work..it looked amazingly perfect honey!
kisses darling!
Silvia

Linda said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the demise of your beautiful cake, especially with all of the effort you put into the frosting! :( I'm glad that you were able to take photos to share your hard work.

La Pinche Cocinera said...

gigi your cake looks fine...
i think it to much whipped cream for 80z of white chocolate....
:P....

saludossss

KeL said...

How can I become part of this group??? Cake Slices

Maria said...

Gigi, your cakes always look stunning and this cake is just perfect!!

Maria
x

Deborah said...

I almost dropped mine, too - after I took pictures!! It still looks great!

Passionate About Baking said...

You poor thing Gigi...I would have wept copious tears! What ana bsolute nightmare, but, hey, thankfully you got 1 pic. I really wonder how it tasted coz it looks really nice!

Jacque said...

Oh no! A cake bakers worst nightmare :( I'm sorry.

Maria said...

Sorry the cake had an accident. It looks lovely though!

SiHaN said...

oh gawd.. that's like a nightmare come true. How unfortunate.. *giggles*.. love the way you narrate it though.

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

So sorry about what happened to the cake. It is beautiful and perfectly smoothly frosted. It's worth making again.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Oooooh, so sad! Here's a virtual hanky for all your hard work splatting onto the floor. Your picture of it looks beautiful, so at least you got that out of it.

debbmarie said...

Just wondering if you have room for one more person in "The Cake Slice"? Thanks ....

Joy the Baker said...

Your cake did not fall on the floor!!! I refuse to believe it! No way. Not possible. Agg!

Shoshana said...

Is it still possible to join the Cake Slice Bakers? I would love to have the excuse to bake outrageously tall layer cakes just because.

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Good lord! I would've probably cried a lot then laughed a lot if my cake hit the floor! That sucks so bad.

I've only tried whipped ganache twice and both times mine curdled. What is the trick??

I'm definitely saving the recipe for the cake layers. They sound awesome!

Ann said...

Okay...that is one GORGEOUS cake, girl! I can make a good-tasting cake...but I think I've yet to make a pretty one, lol!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Such a beautiful cale! really scrumptious looking!

Cheers,

Rosa

Jen said...

that cake is like a dream come true. i love the way you decorated it.... its so romantic yet very arty (does that make sense?)

glamah16 said...

Thats a beautiful cake Gigi. All my favorite flavors.

pigpigscorner said...

oh my..sorry to hear about your cake =( But you still managed to grab such a beautiful picture of it =)

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