I got a cake order this week, and the customer said her son, the birthday boy, doesn't like chocolate, vanilla, or anything traditional, but he loves bananas, peanut butter, caramel...
So, I came up with this cake: soft and fluffy banana cake with peanut butter French buttercream, glazed with caramel, and topped with brûléed banana slices.
Banana cake is really wonderful. Made with bananas and sour cream puréed together, it has the great banana taste, like banana bread, but with the light and fluffy texture of cake. All together, it was a delicious combination, and everyone loved it. Part of the fun of being a baker is the creativity involved in creating cool flavor combinations and beautiful decorations.
Cleaning up the kitchen after making caramel... not so fun.