Banana-Coconut Crumb Cake
This cake comes from Nick Malgieri's book, "BAKE!: Essential Techniques for Perfect Baking." It pairs too favorites from the tropics, banana and coconut.Ingredients for one 9-inch cake:
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teas baking powder
1/4 teas salt
8 Tbls (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 large egg yolk, room temperature
1 teas pure vanilla extract
1 lb (about 3 medium) bananas, peeled and sliced about 1/2" thick
Coconut Crumb Topping (recipe follows)
1. Set oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350°. Butter a 9-inch spring form pan, line with a round of parchment paper, cut to fit. Butter the parchment paper, as well.
2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on lowest speed for 30 seconds
3. Add the butter, and continue mixing on the lowest speed until no visible pieces of butter remain. Stop the mixer and with a rubber spatula, scrape down the bowl and beater.
4. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, yolk, and vanilla together. With the mixer on the lowest speed, add about 1/3 of this egg mixture. Beat for 1 minute on medium speed; stop and scrape the bowl and beater. Repeat this two more times, then beat for 2 minutes on medium speed.
5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Arrange the banana slices on top of the batter, leaving a clear 1/4" margin near the side of the pan. Evenly scatter on the crumb topping.
To make the crumb topping, in a bowl, stir together 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 teas baking powder, 1/4 teas cinnamon, 1/8 teas salt. Then stir in 1/2 cup shredded, sweetened coconut. Using a rubber spatula, stir in 8 tbls (one stick) of melted unsalted butter. Let stand for a few minutes, then use your fingers to break mixture up into 1/4" to 1/2" crumbs.
8. Once the cake has cooled completely, slice and serve. This cake can be kept under a cake dome or wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature or double wrap and freeze for longer storage. Defrost and bring to room temperature before serving.
Ella Helfrich, in 1966, used a Bundt pan for her winning recipe of Tunnel of Fudge Cake, in the 17th Pillsbury Bake-off. Following the contest, Pillsbury was overwhelmed with more than 200,000 requests from people that wanted to purchase a winning Bundt pan. In 1971, Pillsbury launched a line of Bundt cake mixes, licensing the name from Nordic Ware that continued the nationwide quest for Bundt pans.
"Today, there are nearly 60 million Bundt pans in kitchen's across America," Nordic Ware President David (Dave & Dotty's son). said. "Almost a Bundt pan in every pantry." The Bundt pan has continued its growth in popularity. It has been a guest on TV cooking shows, featured in an array of magazines and also used by some of the world's famous bakers. It is likely the most popular baking mold in the world." -- Nordic Ware Website
1-1/2 cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pan
2 large eggs
1 cup cooked sweet potato
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup bourbon or apple juice
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
3/4 teaspoon salt
Nonstick cooking spray with flour
3 tablespoons chopped pecans
Bourbon Syrup (recipe follows)
1. Preheat oven to 325°
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together brown sugar, butter, and eggs until very light and fluffy. Add sweet potato and vanilla; beat to combine. Add flour, milk, bourbon, baking powder, pie spice, and salt; mix until just incorporated. Lightly spray a 10 or 12 cup Bundt pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle bottom and up sides of the pan with pecans. Pour in cake batter.
3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack.
3/4 cup strong coffee, boiling
1 cup milk, room temperature
2 3/4 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, room temperature
1. Place rack in middle of the oven. Preheat oven to 350°. Butter two 8-by-2-inch round cake pans. Line with parchment paper. Butter the parchment, and dust with cocoa powder; tap out excess. Sift cocoa; whisk in boiling coffee and milk. Let cool. Sift together cake flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup Valrhona cocoa powder
12 Tbls (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup milk, room temperature
2 teas. pure vanilla extract.
In a small bowl, sift together the confectioners' sugar and cocoa powder. Add butter, milk, and vanilla; stir until smooth and free of lumps.