Hope you're having a wonderful day, yesterday afternoon I was at a loose end, so this happened......
I think I may well have created something yummy :) Seriously honeys this filling is a dream! The frosting is something else too :) So, much as I so wish I could send slices across the internet to you all, what I can do is to share how I made it :)
For sponge cake:225g butter or margarine
225g self raising flour
225g caster sugar
4 medium size eggs (less if eggs are large)
For Banana Whipped Cream Filling:
1 medium banana
I small tub of double cream
For Cream Cheese Frosting:
50g butter or margarine
100g Philadelphia cream cheese
200g Icing sugar
Half a teaspoon of vanilla essence
1. Preheat the oven to 160 C/320 F and grease two round sandwich baking tins (I use silicone ones, I adore cooking with silicone, no fighting to get things out of the baking tins lol)
2. In a mixing bowl, use a wooden spoon (or electric hand mixer) to cream the butter & sugar together until light and fluffy.
3. Add around half of your flour to your mixing bowl containing the butter & sugar, sieving to remove lumps & add "air",
4. In a small bowl beat your eggs together. Add around half of your egg mixture to your bowl and mix until smooth.
5. Sieve remaining flour into your bowl as well as the rest of your eggs, mix again until you have a smooth mixture. An electric hand mixer does this really well.
6. Pour your sponge mixture equally into the two baking tins, and lightly spread out with a flat knife or a spoon.
7. Place both baking tins into the oven (middle shelf) and bake for 12 -15 minutes until a light golden brown. NOTE: If like me you're using silicone sandwich "tins" place them onto a baking tray (maybe a Swiss roll tin or other flat baking tray) BEFORE filling with your sponge mixture, far easier to move into the oven.
8. To test that sponge is done, carefully insert a knife into the middle of each sponge (taking care not to burn yourself) if it is cooked the knife should come out clean. Leave cakes to cool on a cooling rack.
To make filling:
9. Pour your small tub of double (whipping) cream into a mixing bowl. I used a small tub of Elmlea which is far lower in fat than actual double cream but it's up to you honeys, use what you prefer.
10. whisk until it thickens (again, I have painful hands & wrists so I use a little electric hand mixer for this)
11. In a small bowl, use a fork to "mush" your banana.
12. Add your banana to the bowl with your whipped cream.
13. Continue to whisk until it thickens again.
14. Set aside until your sponge cakes are completely cooled. When sponges are cold, use a spatula or flat knife to spread your cream on one sponge. Warning, this creamy filling is beyond delicious! This cake is meant to be a real treat so be generous when slathering on that gorgeous creamy goodness :)
15. Gather your ingredients for your cream cheese frosting. Into a mixing bowl, sieve 200g of icing sugar.
16. Add your butter (or margarine) & cream cheese to the bowl. Gently, mix together being careful because that icing sugar likes to escape from the bowl :) beat together until you have a smooth (and not runny) mixture. Add a few drops of vanilla essence to taste. Some people like a heavy vanilla flavour, others only a light hint so flavour to suit yourself honeys.
17. Mix well to make sure your vanilla essence is well mixed through. Allow to sit for a few minutes to let your icing "rest."
18. Assemble your cake by gently placing the other sponge on top of the whipped cream topped sponge. Using a spatula or a flat knife spread your cream cheese frosting over the top of your cake. This frosting is seriously sweet & seriously delicious so feel free to drizzle down the sides if you want to or just smooth over the top like this....
19. In the photograph, as you can see I've added (just because I had them in my baking cupboard) some candied strawberry apple, yum :)
So that's it honeys, all it leaves now is for you to sit down with a lovely cup of tea or coffee, put your feet up and .......
Honestly, I can't stress how amazing the banana cream filling is in this cake :) The frosting is delicious but also very sweet. If you don't have a very sweet tooth, why not use a sieve and dust the top of your cake with caster sugar?
So, any thoughts honeys? Do you have any favourite sponge cake recipes? Favourite fillings or frostings? I'd love to hear about them, I love to bake and am always looking for new recipes to try. Do leave a comment, or links, below or even just say hello :) Have a great day, I hope you have glorious sunshine wherever you are, sending heaps of hugs xx