I love the name of this cake. It conjures up childhood trips to the ice cream store where I’d gaze in awe at ice cream boats with three scoops of ice cream, three different toppings, whipped cream, and a banana to boot! I was never hungry enough to actually order one, but man they looked good.
Here are my bananas in the food processor, getting ready for their makeover. They don’t look as good as bananas in a real banana split, but I knew they’d be yummy once they were part of a Rose Levy Beranbaum cake!
Now I am going to do some hand waving as I mix the bananas and the liquid ingredients, make the batter, beat the egg whites into a stiff meringue, add the meringue to the batter, and bake the cake….
The cake is in the oven now, and I have enlisted my 14-year-old to remove it from the oven when the timer goes off. Meanwhile I am off to the gym. I brought my phone in with me in case there’s a disaster, but she’s pretty reliable, I think it will be okay.
And it mostly is. I mean, well, look;
I set the rack up for her before I left. I thought she’d leave the cake in the pan, but she didn’t. Maybe because the prongs on top of the pan made it hard to balance, I don’t know. Whatever the reason, the result was not entirely as intended. Poor cake! Even right side up it’s pulling itself apart. I admit I took advantage of the separation to sample a bit of cake before the whole thing was entirely cool. And it tasted fine, despite its homely appearance.
On to the toppings!
Here’s the chocolate glaze pre- and post mixing.
Next, I boiled the sugar and water together to make caramel glaze. All was well, and I was totally in control until the sugar hit the right temperature and had to come off the heat IMMEDIATELY. I’ve done this enough times before, I should have been prepared, but I wasn’t. Note to self: watch boiling sugar mixtures very carefully once they begin to start to approach the right temperature.
I glazed the whole top of the cake, since chocolate is always a hit in my house, and saved the caramel for drizzling over the slices separately:
Mmmm, bananas, chocolate and caramel, who can resist?