This cake is an extended version of the Chantilly Chocolat cake with addition of bananas. I used the basketweave technique for this recipe. Video tutorial for this to follow soon! (:
Chantilly Chocolat Recipe
This recipe yields a 5.5" or 13cm round cake
(Mould was purchased from Daiso)
4 eggs at room temperature (55 - 60g)
100g castor sugar (fine sugar works as well too)
100g unsalted butter
95g cake flour (plain flour works as well too)
6g cocoa powder
120g non-dairy whipping cream
1.5 tsp vanilla bean paste
35ml non-dairy whipping cream
87g dark coverture chocolate
1 tsp unsalted butter
250g whipping cream (basketweave design)
some leaves (optional)
*You may opt to use dairy whipping cream in place of the whipping cream if you prefer the taste
Preheat oven to 160 degree Celsius. Sift the cocoa powder and flour.
Line your baking tin. Please do line the sides as well. I didnt line mine and I had a tougher time removing my cake.
Melt the butter either over a double boiler or in the microwave oven for about a minute on medium heat.
Add the eggs to the sugar. Whisk on high till mixture gets all thick with tracks. It should be about 3-4 times it's original volume.
This is how I tilt my bowl to allow it to mix better and faster.
This mixture is ready!
Alternately fold in the melted butter and flour mixture 1/3 at a time till both mixtures run out.
Pour into baking tin and lightly drop from a low height to release some of the larger air bubbles in the batter. Bake for about 15 - 20 minutes or till' toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake.
Remove cake from oven and remove from baking tin immediately. Allow cake to cool completely in an air tight container or cake caddy to prevent loss of moisture.
To the whipping cream, add the vanilla bean paste. The beauty in this Chantilly cream is the vanilla bean paste used to give it it's good flavour. It will be good if vanilla bean paste is used but if not, vanilla essence or vanilla extract may be used but it will not taste as good as if you were to use vanilla bean paste.
Whisk till' stiff peaks. Here's the vanilla bean paste that I love.
Prepare a sugar solution of 1 part hot/boiling water to 1 part castor/fine sugar and mix well to allow sugar to dissolve. Have the sugar solution in a spray mist bottle. Here's how my cake looks like unmoulded. Have a cake turntable ready. It's such an amazing tool to use when you want to assemble cakes.
Slice off the thinnest layer on top of the cake as that may will make your layered cake taste dry. A bread knife with serrated edges works best for slicing the cake.
Slice each cake into 2 equal layers. You may use either a bread knife or a cake separator tool. To the 1st layer, spray an even amount of sugar solution over the cake. One spray to one spot will be good enough.
Top the 1st layer with 1/5 of the Chantilly cream.
Top each layer with 1/3 of the 2 bananas. Repeat steps with remaining layers.
Frost the cake with remaining 2/5 of the chantilly cream.
Allow cake to chill in fridge while you prepare the chocolate ganache.
Double boil or microwave the coverture chocolate. I melted my chocolate the chocolates on medium-high heat at 20 second intervals till chocolate is all shiny.
You should get something like this.
Add in the whipping cream and microwave for another 1 minute.
Add the butter and mix well.
If you are using a double boiler, melt the chocolate first before adding the whipping cream. Mix well, remove from heat before adding the butter. Mix well again.
You should get a smooth chocolate ganache like this.
Cover the cake with the chocolate ganache. This video tutorial for creaming the cake (same as above) will give you a better idea as on how to cream the cake.
Pipe the basketweave design. Video tutorial to follow soon!
In the mean time.. Whip up the 250g of whipping cream and portion it into 3 parts. 3/5 for the purple, 1/5 for the yellow and 1/5 for the pink roses.
Pipe the yellow vertical straight lines with a Wilton tip #32 or #22, leaving a 1cm - 1.5cm gap between 2 pipes. Using a basketweave tip Wilton #47, piping them alternatively.
Here's a video for the piping of the roses. Top off with some leaves wrapped in cling wrap if you fancy.
Enjoy your Banana Chantilly Chocolat! (:
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