Banana cake with butterscotch filling and cream cheese icing

UPDATE: Based on popular opinions expressed by many work friends, I’m removing the previously awarded “fail” status. While this cake and I are not best friends, it has certainly impressed most people who have eaten it.

I think September’s cake was ill fated from the get go. First I spent most of the month (3 whole free weekends) procrastinating the production of the cake. I figured I needed to soak up the free time. I tried to will myself into cake production the weekend of the 15th by buying a metric ton of bananas. It didn’t work, but on the plus side the extra counter time meant the bananas were really ready to go this weekend. Actually, they were more than ready. They were starting at my from the counter and I knew if the cake didn’t happen, they would be trashed. I hate wasting food. So after shooting 2 weddings for a total of 18 1/2 hours of shooting over the course of 29 1/2 hours, I willed myself into the kitchen.


Hubster had some serious concerns about this recipe from the get go. He thought it would just taste like banana bread. As I prepped the various pieces, I pondered how I could change it up a bit. When I saw how tall the layers were, I opted to slice them in half and stuff extra icing and butterscotch between all the layers. Surely, I thought, this will push give it the push from “I could be breakfast” to “Watch out, I’m dessert, yo!”



With the pieces assembled and the cake layers cooling, I plopped down to watch a bit of the Chiefs game with Hubster. Oh, and I convinced him that we should have a little pre-dinner happy hour. To this point in the day, I’ve eaten slightly burned blueberry corncakes and undercooked fried potatoes for brunch (this was clearly a bad cooking day) around 11 am and tasted bits of butterscotch and icing. As you can imagine, I enjoyed those first few glasses of wine before deciding we needed to eat NOW and whipping up dinner, which turned out to be rather light.



Let’s recap. The wine to food ratio is off. I need to finish this damn cake. I’m ready to be done for the day and retire to the couch. So, of course, I rush. I hastily cut the cakes apart, ice, butterscotch, ice, butterscotch… oh, this is not looking good… or straight… and it’s really wobbly. That’s not a euphemism for the wine. Every time I pushed against the cake it leaned. It acted like it was filled with Jello. Apparently that much butterscotch requires advanced cake building skills. I mention this to Hubster and suggest that bamboo skewers could serve in place of the dowel rods I see all the “professional” cake bakers use on TV. I know this stuff. He talks me out of it.



At this point, I also realize that the extra icing I needed to lock in the extra butterscotch means I don’t have enough to make the outside look good.

Also at this point, I stop caring. This cake needs to be done. It’s not going to be pretty. That’s fine. I don’t care.

And I need more wine.

But first I need to finish shooting this cake and try it, because I’m┬ástill hungry. Two bites in, I decide I don’t like it. It’s too sweet. Hubster only needs one bite to come to the same conclusion. It’s the first layer cake failure and it stings. Layer cakes take way too much time (and butter and sugar and tears) to be bad.


In this cake’s defense, I will say that most of my work friends who have tried it actually like it. Or they’re lying to me out of kindness…

Either way, I’m not making it again. If you want to, here’s a link to the recipe.

I did walk away with a better understanding of my wedding season layer cake limits. October’s cake will be simple (and probably chocolate).

cara - September 25, 2012 - 7:15 pm

Your work friends are not lying! The cake is not bad at all! But let’s talk more about this chocolate cake for October… :)

ModernMealsForTwo - September 25, 2012 - 8:35 pm

It’s funny because this wasn’t my first choice for the September cake. I wanted a chocolate, cream filled cake with coffee drizzle, but discovered the post I pinned didn’t actualy have the entire recipe! Boo. Then I was wooed by bananas. In October, there will be chocolate!

Michelle L - September 25, 2012 - 8:39 pm

I have to say, I totally disagree with your assessment of the Banana Butter Scotch cake. I would honestly say, this would be listed in my top 3 of the layered cakes – most likely number one. Well, that is until we break out the next chocolate cake. When is that going to be again?!

The Meaning of Me - September 25, 2012 - 10:01 pm

You had my mouth watering at the post title! This looks fantastic. Was it really not so great?

Renee - September 26, 2012 - 12:28 am

I’m sorry your cake didn’t turn out. But this post had me cracking up. Your cake said Yo! Love it!
At least you already had the wine to console you.

Peter - September 26, 2012 - 3:04 am

I agree with Cara that the cake was pretty good. I expected the banana to be a stronger contribution, but it was pleasantly subtle and added a good-different texture. I might have liked the butterscotch to be a little bit stronger, though.

ModernMealsForTwo - September 26, 2012 - 6:54 pm

Lol. See above ;)

ModernMealsForTwo - September 26, 2012 - 6:56 pm

I think I’ve probably been overruled in the “good/not good” debate. Literally everyone besides Hubster and myself has LOOOOOVED this cake. I tried a nibble yesterday and I still think it’s too sweet.

ModernMealsForTwo - September 26, 2012 - 6:56 pm

Exactly ;)
I’m glad you saw the post. Whenever I write something particularly funny I think “Renee will love this!”

ModernMealsForTwo - September 26, 2012 - 6:57 pm

Several people have mentioned not being able to taste much of the butterscotch. I’ll blame it on buzzed cake assembly and my lack of quality control at that point in the evening.

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