You all know by now that I love making and wearing my Cake Tees. Almost as much as I love making cakes. Here on How To Cake It (don't forget to subscribe!) we have so much fun coming up with new ideas for Tees to compliment the cakes. This week’s Cake Tee could not be more perfect for the chocolate banana cake I am making. Well, that’s because IT IS the cake I am making.
Both my cake and Cake Tee are inspired by the classic I Love New York t-shirt. If you ever have the pleasure of visiting New York City you should definitely pick one up for yourself. In my opinion, it never goes out of style, much like the city it celebrates. ;)
I want my cake to look like two folded T-shirts stacked one on top of the other. I decided to bake one chocolate cake layer and one banana cake layer. Put them together and you have my favourite cake - chocolate banana! I just love the way these two flavours compliment each other.
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Let's Make Some Banana Chocolate Cake Cake Tees!
Okay, now it's time to hit the grocery store. Walk in there with some New York swag. Work those grocery aisles as if they were the red carpet. I like to organize all my ingredients and tools on Parsel. It's like an online grocery list!
For Yo Yo's Banana Cake
Yo Yo's Banana Cake Ingredients & Tools
Makes one 12” x 15” pan
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 eggs, at room temperature
4 overripe bananas (the skin should be bruised and blackened)
¾ cup buttermilk, at room temperature
2 ½ cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Stand mixer with paddle attachment (or electric mixer)
12" x 15" square cake pan
Line the bottom of your pan with parchment paper.
Sift your flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a bowl and set aside.
Mash the bananas with your hands and stir in the buttermilk. Set aside.
Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla at medium high speed, with a paddle attachment, until light and fluffy. About 5-8 minutes.
Reduce speed to low while adding the remaining ingredients. Add eggs, 2 at a time.
Alternate your flour mixture with your banana mixture. Add the flour first and then the banana. Add the flour in 4 parts, and the banana in 3. So it goes: flour, bananas, flour, bananas, flour, bananas, flour.
Remember to scrape the sides of your mixing bowl from time to time, to make sure everything is incorporated. Give the mixture a good stir with a spatula, before pouring into your pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Now for the chocolate cake layer! Using a 12" x 15" square cake pan, bake a chocolate cake using this recipe.
For the Cake Tee Cake Assembly
Cake Tee Cake Assembly Ingredients & Tools
12" x 15" square banana cake
12" x 15" square chocolate cake
Coloured fondant (white, red, black)
Buttercream (find recipe here)
Small offset palette knife
Nonstick rolling pin
Textured rolling pin- for ribbing
Stitch pattern roller (This isn't a caking tool - I bought mine at a leather shop years ago!)
I shaped each rectangle of cake slightly, softening the edges and cutting the angle of the shoulder and the curve of the neckline. Crumb coat with vanilla buttercream using a palette knife, and cover with a layer of white fondant. After covering both tees in white fondant, I add all the details to the tee that will be on top – a ribbed border along the neckline and some stitching.
I made myself a template for the logo. I simply sized the image to the exact same size as the T-shirt I was wearing. Then I carefully cut out the letters with an X-ACTO knife. I always aim to keep the remaining paper intact while I cut out a template. That way, the leftover piece becomes a helpful stencil. It really makes lining up your fondant letters much easier and more precise.
My favourite part of this T-shirt is the tags! I cut a few small rectangles out of gumpaste. Then I branded and priced them for sale. Well, sort of. The price of these super special cake tees is 5K subscribers. Which, I am so delighted that we have actually passed! I truly can't believe how fast we are growing. It's all thanks to you. That's right, you!
You could say that this cake brings together all the things I love. Cake, Cake Tees, chocolate banana, NYC and MOST importantly all of YOU who watch How To Cake It! I heart cake, and I heart YOU.