Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Banana Flour Cake

Happy Tuesday!
Oh my goodness, this cake is perfection! It is perfectly sweet, fluffy, and not dry at all! This cake is not only gluten free, but grain free as well! WEDO banana flour is the best gluten free flour ever. I was so amazed after I took the first bite; I want to eat this cake everyday! 
Onto the recipe! 

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Banana Flour Cake (makes 2 small layer cakes)

Cake Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup WEDO banana flour 
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk 
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 large eggs
  • pinch of salt
Strawberry Simple Syrup Ingredients: 
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup strawberry liquor 
Strawberry Frosting Ingredients: 
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup beet juice
  • 1/4 cup strawberry jam
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips 
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil 
  • chocolate covered strawberries, to garnish 
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8*8 cake pan with coconut oil. Whisk together banana flour, cacao powder, coconut sugar, cane sugar, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl. Whisk in eggs, buttermilk, sour cream, and vanilla extract. Continue whisking until well combined. Pour into cake pan and bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.'

Now we are going to make the strawberry simple syrup! Heat sugar and water in a pan other medium heat. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and let cool completely. After the simple syrup is cooled, add in strawberry liquor. Set aside. 

Once the cake has finished baking and is cooling, we are going to make the strawberry frosting! In a stand mixer, mix cream cheese and powdered sugar on medium high speed. Add in vanilla extract, beet juice, and strawberry jam. Mix until well combined.

Once the cake has cooled, cut into 8 round circles. We are going to start layering the cakes! Pour on a little bit of the strawberry simple syrup. Then top with about 1 inch of frosting. Top with another circle, then frost another inch of frosting, then finally add the third layer, and top with frosting. Spread frosting all over to cover the cake. Repeat with second cake.  

Now we are going to cover the cake with a chocolate ganache! Heat chocolate chips in a double boiler over medium low heat. Stir until melted, then add in coconut oil. Continue stirring until chocolate and oil is melted. Pour over cake, then top cake with chocolate covered strawberries. Devour! Enjoy!