Merry Christmas everyone!!! As promised, I have a very special recipe to share with you… Banana Nutella Cake from Alice’s Tea Cup! I baked this beauty of a cake for my family on Christmas Eve and they loved it. I cut the cake, and the table went silent. No one could speak, it was that good. This cake isn’t joking around. Try it out and see!
Banana Nutella Cake (via Alice’s Tea Cup cookbook, by Haley Fox & Lauren Fox)
Makes one 8-inch 3-layer cake
What you’ll need:
CAKE: 3 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda, 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter – at room temperature, 2 cups sugar, 3 eggs, 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 2 very ripe bananas (mashed)
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING: 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter- at room temperature, 1 1/2 cups cream cheese- at room temperature, 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
FILLING AND DECORATION: 2 cups Nutella (you’ll need two 13-ounce jars)
1. To make the cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and have ready three 8-inch round nonstick cake pans.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together.
3. In a large bowl, use a mixer to cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. One at a time, add the eggs and mix until well blended. With the mixer set to low, add a little bit of the flour mixture at a time, alternating with the buttermilk and vanilla, mixing until smooth. Use a spatula to gently fold in the mashed bananas.
4. Pour the batter evenly into the three cake pans, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. Set the layers aside to cool completely in the pans before frosting the cake.
5. To make the frosting, use a mixer to cream the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl until fully combined and smooth. With the mixer set on the lowest speed, slowly add the confectioners’ sugar, mixing until it is completely incorporated and the frosting in smooth.
6. Frost each layer with Nutella (you won’t use it all) and stack them. Spread the cream cheese frosting over the top and the sides. (Note from Kate: I chose not to do this next step, I opted to decorate with holly from our garden instead! But go for it! It’s super simple to do, but will wow your company!) Using a piping bag with a 12- or 14-mm tip, pipe five concentric circles of Nutella around the top of the cake, starting with a small one in the center and increasing the size of the circles as you work your way out. Run a butter knife from the center outward, across the top of the frosting, alternating with scores in the opposite direction (outer circle to the center) until you have gone around the cake.
I hope you’re all enjoying the day! Merry Christmas!!!