Category Archives: #39 september-october: deconstructed

september-october: constance’s banana pudding layer cake

Hello friends! I’ve been a bit MIA for a while, so apologies! Following Kerri – I also had a hard time ‘deconstructing’, because frankly, I believe cake should be layered and not taken apart.  Anyways, it was the bff’s 30th birthday and he specifically requested banana pudding. So, I decided to cake-ify it. If there was any deconstruction and reconstructing going on, this cake it is. Plus, I got to use my handy new KitchenAid Stand Mixer.

Banana Pudding is very American recipe, pretty standard in most American family recipe archives. It consists of 4 things: Nilla Wafers, Bananas, Cool Whip and Vanilla Pudding. And typical to Hong Kong, Nilla Wafers were unavailable, so I made my own.

The Vanilla Wafers were really easy to make, and a lot yummier than the boxed Nilla Wafers.

I used both vanilla bean paste and vanilla bean extract which tastes miles better than the processed vanilla in the boxed wafers.

To make the cake portion, I made 3 layers of banana cake rounds in 9in cake pans. For the filling, I used a cream cheese and box vanilla pudding mix. To frost, I used a vanilla whipped cream frosting.

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To layer the cake, I cut of the domes and started spreading the vanilla pudding filling on the cake. Then, I added 10-15 vanilla wafers. Add the second layer of cake and repeat again. Place the third layer on the cake to complete and frost the vanilla whipped cream around the cake. Decorate the cake with the the remainder of the vanilla wafers.

You can find the recipe here.

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september-october: kerri’s malteser cake

I thought I would find this challenge easy as I have had a few ‘deconstructed’ desserts in restaurants, and thought about recreating those experiences. However, as I was choosing exactly what to deconstruct, I couldn’t think of much that really wouldn’t be like not putting the components together like in a pie, and just presenting them separately. Maybe it was a lack of creativity on my part…

But then my Malteser-loving hubby’s birthday rolled around. I had seen a recipe a few months ago for a Malteser Pie, but when I looked for it, I googled ‘Malteser Cake’ instead and voila, found a perfect birthday cake for him!

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It is deconstructed in the sense that you have chocolate cake, malt frosting which tastes exactly (in my opinion!) like the malt ball, then finished off with some chocolate ganache for more chocolatey goodness.

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The original recipe uses the whole cake, which has quite a dome on it (as you can see below), maybe to make it look more round like a malteser. The cake was super easy to make, not even needing a mixer (though you do need one for the frosting). But I think next time I would prefer a more crumb-y cake, a more cakey cake. This one was fine, still tasted good but I just prefer a different texture.

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The original recipe is also wholly covered in ganache, then wholly decorated with Maltesers! I decided to change it up a bit so it was a bit of a surprise on first bite, and also to make it look a bit more ‘mature’ :).

For our little family, I decided to make a mini version, using 10cm springform tins instead of a 20cm tin. I cut the domes off, each cake became a layer (instead of slicing into thinner ones), left the frosting exposed and dripped the ganache over. One of the best compliments from the hubby – he thought I bought it!

And here it is, the finished cake.

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You can find the recipe here.