Sweet for my sweet, banoffee for honey
A couple of weekends ago I picked up the latest copy of Waitrose Kitchen, and flicked through the recipes until I stopped at this one. Banoffee peanut butter cake. I nudged Trout and pushed the page into his face, knowing full well this was almost certainly his dream cake. He immediately decided that I would make it that evening, once we had returned home from my parents, and picked up all of the ingredients from the supermarket.
It wasn’t too tricky to put together – lots of different components and then some assembling. Definitely a Sunday afternoon kind of cake – and don’t expect to have a roast dinner afterwards, because you’ll be too full from all the cake-batter-licking, peanut-brittle-munching, banana-chunk-pinching, salted-caramel-spooning-into-your-mouthing. If you’re anything like me.
Do go out and buy your copy of Waitrose Kitchen and try this recipe, if you haven’t already done so. It’s really easy to veganise, and even if you don’t have a lot of the vegan alternatives to hand (like whipping cream), just take the general gist of the recipe and make it your own. A banana cake with peanut butter frosting, topped with bananas and peanut brittle. Instead of a toffee sauce we made a salted caramel sauce, which I drizzled all over the cake. I based the cake bit on a recipe from Ms Cupcake’s amazing book, and used a vegan whipping cream that I bought in Berlin – but I’m sure you can find it online here. Maybe on the VeganStore? I’d also add a layer of peanut butter frosting in the middle if (when) I make it again, but that might be because I’m obsessed by it ;)
I’ve been unwell all week, getting gradually worse to the point that I had to miss going to see the new Wes Anderson film last night, and I can’t make a friend’s birthday show tonight, which means I’m missing The Social Club, an awesome band that I haven’t seen in a long time. BUT. That’s the end of that negative nonsense. I’m really excited as I’m now officially paperbagblog.com! Thanks to Trout, who bought me the domain and talked me through how to switch it all over. Next up – an actual web design! Baby steps.