Cake Slice Bakers: Banana Cake with Praline Filling and White Chocolate Ganache

by Holly on January 20, 2009


The Cake Slice Bakers this month chose to make this Banana Cake.  It is actually a very small amount of banana that goes into the cake, but it was quite tasty.  I didn’t get a picture of the interior this time, but it was a light speckled color, kind of like a very light banana bread.  

The filling is made from pecan pralines and was a bit intimidating to read about making, but was quite easy to do.  I will make my pralines this way from now on I think.   Basically, we boiled the pecans, then drained them, then coated them with powdered sugar and deep fried them.  Yes.  You heard me right.  Boiled then fried.  It was fun though and oh my, were they delicious!
Part of the pralines are then chopped up and added into the white chocolate ganache.  I have attempted a white chocolate ganache four times before this and failed miserably each time.  I finally had success this time by making sure I had plenty of time to wait and lots of patience.  I am pretty sure I failed all those other times because I rushed the process.
Either way, the cake and the process of making the components was fun.  I took this to my Mom for a belated birthday cake and everyone really enjoyed it.
Make sure to check out all the other beautiful cakes by visiting the Cake Slice Bakers blogroll. You can get the recipe over at Gigi Cakes.

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Mary January 20, 2009 at 10:02 pm

That cake looks so decadent and fabulous! Pecans that are boiled and then fried sound amazing!

Gigi January 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Wow-FOUR layers! Your cake looks tall and incredibly delicious. I agree with you in that the pecans were really yummy! I just could not stop nibbling on them. Great job on your cake!

LaDue & Crew January 21, 2009 at 2:40 am

Oh. My. Gosh. This is AMAZING!

Tartelette January 21, 2009 at 5:35 am

Wow! Holly this is phenomenal (sorry could not help it!!) Wish I had a piece right now!

Caroline January 21, 2009 at 8:12 am

Whoa, four layers! Now that’s a sky-high cake.
I love the praline as well, couldn’t stop munching on ’em. Great job.

Aran January 21, 2009 at 10:00 am

oh my holly, that is some tower of goodness!!!

Jo January 21, 2009 at 1:24 pm

When I saw your pic, the first words were “wow, she made 4-layers”. It’s beautiful and really “sky high”. Great job!

steph- whisk/spoon January 21, 2009 at 3:02 pm

wow–that cake is a skyscraper! looks great!

Maria January 21, 2009 at 11:15 pm

What a tall cake! It looks fantastic!

Laura January 22, 2009 at 1:31 am

Hey tomorrow on Studio 5 they are talking about Utah food blogs and they showed yours as part of their teaser. Are you gonna be on there? I don’t know what context they are doing the story.

The Food Librarian January 22, 2009 at 2:44 am

Looks soooo lovely! It is truly sky high!

What's for Supper? January 22, 2009 at 3:41 am

That cake looks so cool. I love how tall it is.

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer January 22, 2009 at 7:11 am

WOW! Your cake is STUNNING! Beautiful work!

Linda January 26, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Wow…now that this one impressive looking FOUR layer cake! Really spectacular!!!

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