It’s an extra special Reveiwsday! We’re talking about the different parts of Albie’s birthday cake! He loved it (and so did we) so let’s get straight into it.
I will normally try to only do reviews of recipes you can actually find on the internet. I feel like it’s more courteous as a blogger to do that so you all can try everything too. This is a special occasion though, so I just picked the cake I thought Albie would like the best.
I made the banana and chocolate chip cake from Weeknight Baking by Michelle Lopez for Albie’s birthday. It was fantastic! I think the best thing about the Weeknight Baking book is knowing, as long as I follow directions, no matter what recipe I choose it will turn out as it should. It’s honestly so impressive how foolproof these recipes are! I usually worry about making cake because I used to have issues making it, but every cake I tried in this book has been completely fine! If you’re interested in buying a copy of Michelle’s book you can find it here.
We all really enjoyed this cake! Chris couldn’t stop talking about it! It has a great texture from the cake flour and the buttermilk, and the flavors are classic. Delicious!
My only notes would be
1. If you’re not super into a crazy amount of chocolate chips cut the measurement to 1/ 2C of chips. This amount was perfect for me.
2. I would’ve liked a stronger banana flavor and I didn’t have that because I did not use extremely ripe bananas. Make sure to follow her directions and don’t use newer bananas.
I made the cream cheese frosting from Weeknight Baking. It was all a cream cheese frosting should be. Perfect!
My only note is that if you want a super white frosting you can whip the butter and cream cheese longer, say five minutes, and it should become a whiter color.
I made two figures from Albie's favorite show, Tumble Leaf, to put on his cake and used marshmallow fondant to model them. I found this recipe from Rosanna Pansino for the fondant and it was so easy to follow and worked really well! Coloring the fondant took me a little while, but other than that it was great! It also tastes really good. You can find a video of how to make marshmallow fondant here.