This September, my brother is taking the ultimate plunge and tying the knot. Congratulations, Ben and Megan! I couldn't be happier to welcome Megan into our family.
To celebrate, I wanted to bring them a cake... but I couldn't decide which type to make. The idea of a Bananas Foster cake had long been in the back of my mind, but I also had an enormous bowl of apples begging to be baked.
Growing up, my dad always said "if you have one cow, you may as well have a herd." You already have the equipment ready and have to care and feed daily, so why not have several for slightly more work?
This is how I feel about baking; hence, Ben and Megan received two cakes.
The bride-to-be would have a "princess" apple-walnut cake with cream cheese frosting, and the groom would receive a bananas foster cake with brown sugar frosting. Yum :)
Get some bananas...
... and foster the crap out of 'em. Butter, brown sugar, bananas, banana liqueur and dark rum.
I used the completed bananas foster in the cake batter as well as between the baked layers.
For the frosting, I added some of the bananas foster (without the banana), Godiva Caramel liquer and extra brown sugar to a basic buttercream. The concentrated mixture served as the decoration.
I used the Magnolia Bakery recipe for apple cake. It was just okay... since making these cakes I have created a much better recipe, which I will post later.
Make some cream cheese frosting...
I find that adding a little extra frosting to the center layers helps when covering the sides.
Make sure the layers are even and apply a crumb coat.
Congratulations again, and enjoy your "BM" cakes! (hehe)