One of my oldest friends had a daughter last year, and this is the cake I just made for her first birthday! Max (Maxine) loves bananas, so we wanted to make her something that felt familiar but also gave her the new experience of a baked dessert. Banana cream cake seemed like a great choice, so this cake features a banana cake (which happens to double as a pretty good banana “bread” too) and a banana cream filling made from banana pastry cream and Italian meringue buttercream.
The theme for this cake is “Where the Wild Things Are,” a classic children’s book and a popular theme for a kid’s birthday, too. Virtually any cake you see will have Max’s crown, and my cake is no exception. I do, though, make the crown from paper so the birthday girl can wear it – steps for that process are included.
This was a big video, because I show every step from the beginning of the baked elements, to working with fondant and creating all of the decorations for the cake. This is a fun cake for any seasoned cakers out there, and the step by step method makes it easy for beginners to tackle too! And hey, if you just feel like making banana cake and dipping it in the pastry cream, no judgements here. Enjoy!
Cheers – Chef Scott