Banoffee Nest Cake

A new Whittard limited edition hot chocolate is always something of an event, so we couldn’t not have a showstopping recipe to accompany our latest fabulous Banoffee Pie flavour. And who better to ask than creative baking genius Alix at My Kitchen Drawer?

Iced Mocha

INGREDIENTS (SERVES 20)

Cake

250g butter, softened

250g caster sugar

3 eggs

1tsp vanilla extract

250g self-raising flour

50g Whittard Banoffee Pie Hot Chocolate powder

100g white chocolate chips

2tbsp milk

Caramel Buttercream

250g butter, softened

500g icing sugar

4tbsp caramel sauce

METHOD

Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 4 and line two 15cm x 7cm deep cake tins with baking paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until it’s light and smooth.
  3. One by one, add the eggs with a tablespoon of flour in between each addition to avoid the mixture curdling. Add the vanilla extract, the remaining flour and hot chocolate powder and mix until well combined.
  4. Stir through the white chocolate chips, then add 2 tablespoons of milk to loosen the mixture.
  5. Divide the mixture evenly between the prepared cake tins and bake for 40–45 minutes until golden and springy to touch. Once cooked, leave to cool in the tins for 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Caramel Buttercream

  1. Combine the butter and icing sugar until smooth, pale and fluffy.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of milk and 4 tablespoons of caramel sauce and mix it through.

To Assemble the Cake

  1. Cut both your sponge cakes in half horizontally so you have four layers in total.
  2. Fit a piping bag with an open star nozzle and fill the bag with your caramel buttercream. Pipe a small blob onto a cake board and position your first layer onto the board to secure it in place. Pipe blobs of buttercream around the sponge layer, so it’s completely covered. Repeat this step with each layer until all layers have been stacked, then pipe a final round of buttercream across the top of the cake.
  3. Alix has decorated her cake with sliced banana and a chocolate nest using vermicelli noodles and melted chocolate. Head to mykitchensdrawer.com for the full recipe, including how to make the nest.