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

January 20, 2009 at 7:30 am | Posted in cakes & tortes, groups, layer cakes, sweet things, the cake slice | 40 Comments

banana cake with praline filling and white chocolate ganache

Ack–I didn’t realize that this post and the TWD one would fall on the same day!  So in addition to having to crank out two posts on Monday night, I have also been subsisting on an all-cake diet for the past week!

This Banana Cake with Praline Filling and White Chocolate Ganache happens to be the latest installment of The Cake Slice.  I guess the title kinda tells it all, right?  You start with a white cake, softly flavored with banana purée.  The tall layers are stacked with a white chocolate ganache frosting that has sugared pecans folded through.  Then the cake gets frosted with the remainder of the ganache, and decorated with the rest of the pecans.  I halved the original recipe to make a six-inch layer cake.  Normally, I get six servings from a six-incher, but this cake was so toweringly high that I was able to get eight!

I will admit that I did not make the sugared pecans according to the recipe’s directions, which call for deep frying.  I didn’t want to use up half a bottle of oil to fry off a few nuts, so I dry-toasted them in a skillet instead.  Then I added a pat of butter, a couple spoonfuls of brown sugar and a sprinkle of salt, and cooked the nuts until the sugar and butter made a glaze.  I use this technique to make crunchy candied nuts for snacks and salads all the time, and it works really well.

As someone who is not terribly fond of white chocolate, it surprises me to say that I thought the ganache frosting/filling was the star of the show!  The banana cake definitely has the texture of a white cake, rather than something more banana bready, and the flavor is gentle, too.  It goes so well with the frosting, which is made by mixing ganache into softly whipped unsweetend cream.  The whipped cream really mellows out and tones down the tooth-achy sweetness of the white chocolate, and the resulting frosting is soft, light and decadent.  I will definitely be using this recipe again, as it’s super-good and much less rich than a traditional whipped ganache frosting (which I have described here and here). 

 banana cake with praline filling and white chocolate ganache

All-in-all, this was a delicious cake…and one I’m really glad I made!  Here’s a printable link to the recipe (better yet, get your hands on a copy of Sky High: Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes by Alicia Huntsman and Peter Wynne), and cruise through the list of The Cake Slice Bakers to check out all of our banana cakes this month.


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  1. Oh my, a delicious cake indeed!!

  2. I also enjoyed the melage of flavors in this cake. It was perfection.

  3. I wuoldn’t mind a big slice of this fantastic cake !

  4. Great looking cake and I can understand you not wanting to deep fry the pecans. I didn’t either.

  5. Your cake is beautiful!!!!! It looks divine!

  6. This cake looks gorgeous! Well done on another great bake from The Cake Slice…

    Rosie x

  7. I loved the ganache, too! It was wonderful!

  8. I so need to get this book!

  9. this looks seriously amazing. i love bananas, but i kind of fear those big tall layer cakes. i used to hate white chocolate but i’m really coming around to it lately.

  10. Picture perfect cake! 🙂 It looks so tall and dreamy …yum!

  11. that looks so delicious. I like the sound of the ganache and will have to try that

  12. I love making banana cakes and you make this sound so great! Glad you chose to do something different with the pecans. Cannot imagine deep frying them. Looks great!

  13. Steph – your cake is lovely. I also agree about the fried pecans. YOur way seems sooooo much better. And the frosting was good, wasn’t it. Great job on the cake.

  14. The more I see this cake the more I want to make it. It looks gorgeous!

  15. what a delicious looking cake ! yummy 🙂

  16. My cake was super dry, but your’s look great! I wonder what I did wrong?!

  17. Oh no, Melissa– have you ever been suspicious of your oven’s temperature? My oven was overbaking stuff, so I got a thermometer and found it’s a whopping 75 degrees off!!

  18. Both cakes look GREAT! Way to go with the Berry Surprise! Love the purple blackberries!
    Banana may be my favorite cake, this one looks over the top!

  19. I know! Ack! They are on the same day. Anyway, your cake looks wonderful of course! I was surprised by how good the ganache was as well – I was even happier that mine actually turned out though!

  20. Perfect looking cake with perfect layers….It was a treat wasn’t it?

  21. your cake looks great, andd yummi!!

  22. Your cake looks perfect! I love the layers!!

  23. I don’t think I’ve wished you and yours a Happy New Year yet, so HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    How’s the house/apt hunting going? Settled back in to the pace of the city?

  24. Gorgeous looking cake. Good idea about skillet-toasting the pecans, I will try that.

  25. You can just read the ingredients or look at it to see how well this would come together.

  26. LOL, I know what you mean by having two blog events on the same day (although I didn’t do TWD this week)… it seems to always throw me off a little.

    Your cake looks positively scrumptious. I love those close up shots… makes me want to lick the computer screen, LOL.

  27. what a gorgeous cake, it looks so moist! i wish i made more cakes, but they are not as easy to share so who would eat it all?!

  28. This looks simply delish! Well done Steph!

  29. WoW!!! This cake looks amazing. Great photos as well

  30. banana and praline…that combo might just make me dance! 😉

  31. this cake looks beautiful! i’m definitely bookmarking this as it would make a perfect birthday cake.

  32. I would love to be a part of “The Cake Slice”. How do I get started? Thanks …

  33. debbmarie– You’d have to check with Gigi (of the blog to see if she’s still accpeting new members into the group.

  34. If you actually have been subsisting on an all-cake diet for the past week or so, then you are my hero!
    lol. This cake looks like heaven on a platter. Will definitely be trying!

  35. I’m going to find this recipe right now. Your description makes it sound comparable to heaven! I’ve always wanted a banana cake recipe that wasn’t so heavy. Thanks!

  36. Yum! I’ve made lots of banana bread but never banana cake. This looks professional and your photos are flawless!

  37. I would like to make this for a baptism of my children. I am expecting 17 adult guests and 4 toddlers. What would your suggestion be for sizing the recipe?

    • you could make the recipe twice and assemble two full cakes. that would probably do it, because the three-layer cakes are quite large. if you are thinking of a rectangular or square cake, let me know and we can discuss further.

  38. Hi ! I absolutly want to make this cake but the link doesn’t work …
    Can I have the recipe ?
    Sorry for my mistakes, I’m french and I love americain cake !

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