August 16, 2014

Vegan Banana Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting

This two layer banana cake is swirled in a light a fluffy vanilla buttercream and it just so happens to be vegan, low fat (cake, not frosting) and super moist! Since one of Rich's favourite cakes is banana, is was a no brainer as to what kind to make him for his birthday.

I absolutely adore frosting cakes.

The frosting I used is based on a recipe stemming from The Depression Era. It's been called cooked frosting, flour frosting, poor man's frosting, ermine icing just to name a few! The reason I chose this recipe, is due to it's minimal use of butter (vegan butter, in this case), which means it contains less fat. I also love the wonderful texture and flavour the final result ends up with; it's very much like a whipped cream, but more stable.

There are many variations of ermine frosting, but I like to modify the ingredients depending on the weather and of course, cake. For this particular project I used 2/3rds vegan butter and 1/3rd butter flavoured shortening. The shortening makes the frosting's ability to withstand warmer tempuratures, which is extremely important for super humid and hot July days!

3 comments:

  1. Oooh, looks so good! Hope y'all had wonderful birthdays! :)

    I feel like we need to have a hang-out sesh soon, whether or not baking is involved. :P Haven't properly hung out with you in a long time.

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    1. We did, thanks! It was very casual, nothing fancy- just the way we like it. Delicious food was of course involved.

      Funny you mention that, I was thinking the same thing recently. It's probably been close to a year? Give me a shout, we'll make plans. :)

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    2. Yeah, for sure. I'm on vacation the first week of September. I'm the maid of honour at my friend's wedding so it's gonna be a bit hectic with the rehearsal and the actual wedding day but maybe one of the days in-between... My brother's coming back with his gf for Labour Day weekend so I know there's a big family dinner on the Sunday of that weekend -- maybe we can plan a meet-up then. :)

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