Banana Fudge Layer Cake

On my birthday, I received a lovely present from my San Franciso based friend, Nell. It’s a recipe book – The Cake Mix Bible.  A little over a week ago, I decided to try out one of the recipes…Banana Fudge Layer Cake.  I pretty much followed the recipe except: 1) I substituted butter for the vegetable oil; 2) I used homemade chocolate fudge instead of the canned Duncan Hines Chocolate Frosting; and 3) I covered the cake in fondant. :)

This is how the finished cake looked like…

Before I give you my thoughts on the jazzed-up cake mix recipe, let me share the recipe first:

INGREDIENTS:

1 package Dundan Hines Moist Deluxed Yellow Cake Mix (or your yellow cake mix of choice)
1 1/3 cups water
3 eggs
1/3 cup butter (or vegetable oil as the original recipe calls for)
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
Chocolate Frosting (recipe follows or you may use 1 container Duncan Hines Chocolate Frosting)

1.  Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
2.  Combine cake mix, water, eggs and oil in large bowl.  Beat at low speed with electric mixer until moistened.  Beat at medium speed 2 minutes.  Stir in bananas.
3.  Pour into prepared pans.  Bake at 350F for 28-31 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pans 15 minutes.  remove from pans; cool completely.
4.  Fill and frost cake with frosting.

Chocolate Frosting

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2/3 cup cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup milk (add a little bit more if you want a fudgier frosting)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.
2.  Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla.  Yields about 2 cups frosting.

The verdict?  Goodness! :D  I love that the cake came out moist and no boxed-cake mix taste whatsoever! ;)  Funny how a little tweaking alters the taste of a cake.  Hee hee.  So no, I’m not a cake mix snob!  :P

The cake looks like this when sliced…


Photo taken with an Iphone

This cake was meant to be a “practice cake”, you know, to hone my fondant decorating skills.  Hee hee.  But the day I made this cake, we got an invitation to a dinner get together for the following night.  And that’s where the cake ended up. ;)


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2 Responses to “Banana Fudge Layer Cake”

  1. NeLL says:

    glad you’re able to use the book in your baking, sis weng. you are so talented my friend. i don’t think i’m able to do such a pretty cake. galing galing mo super, friend. cheers, miss you na!

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