So many great things have happened in my life over the past year, and I am so very thankful for the overwhelming support and love from my family! One year ago, I was still struggling to get to grips with my choice to make a complete career change from the music management industry to the food industry as a writer and recipe developer.
We have been together for 13 years, and he has been my absolute rock. These days it is very rare to find a love that is so complete and so full of joy, friendship and adventure. I love him even more today than the day we got married.
- 175 g cake flour
- 15 ml baking powder
- 5 ml cream tartar
- 2 ml salt
- 45 g cornflour
- 12 XL egg whites
- 315 g caster sugar
- 2 ml almond essence
- 160 g white chocolate
- 150 ml fresh cream
- 250 ml cream
- 15 ml caster sugar
- 5 ml vanilla essence
- 1 banana, mashed
Step 1Pre-heat oven to 180 C.
Step 2In a large mixing bowl, sift flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, salt and cornflour.
Step 3In another large mixing bowl, beat/whisk egg whites until foamy, then gradually add the caster sugar while whisking continuously, until you reach medium peak stage (between soft peaks and stiff peaks). Add the almond essence and whisk for a few seconds.
Step 4Add dry ingredients to egg whites, then fold in gently with a metal spoon until the mixture is smooth. Pour into an ungreased 24 cm loose bottomed angel cake pan or ring pan (I used a normal loose bottomed cake pan and placed a drinking glass in the middle to create the distinctive angel cake hole).
Step 5Bake for 35-40 minutes until done, then remove from the oven and leave in the pan to cool for 5-10 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack. Cool completely.
Step 6For the chocolate ganache:
Break chocolate into small blocks into a glass mixing bowl.
On the stove top in a small sauce pan, bring the cream to a boil, then quickly remove from the heat and pour over the chocolate.
Leave to melt for 2-3 minutes, then stir gently until the mixture is smooth. Set aside to cool to the desired consistency while filling the cake with the banana cream (I love a slightly more spreadable ganache, but you can also drizzle it over the cake white it is still a bit warm and slightly runny).
Step 7For the banana cream:
In a mixing bowl, add the cream, sugar and vanilla. Whip the mixture with a whisk or electric beaters, until it is stiff enough to hold shape (don’t over-beat!)
Add the mashed banana, then fold it into the cream. Use a sharp knife to cut the cake horizontally in 2 layers, then fill generously with the banana cream and carefully put the top layer back in place. Then spread/drizzle the top with the white chocolate ganache.