Tuesday

Petite & Moist Banana Cake with Creamy Orange Frosting and Toasted Coconut



We celebrated a birthday at our house over the weekend so I made a tiny layer cake, using two 5-inch x 3-inch Cheese Cake Pans.



We don't have cakes very often anymore so I wanted this one to be very special; a nice moist cake with an essence of orange based frosting. With delicately crunchy toasted coconut (far superior to that tough, flavorless pre-toasted stuff you get from the store.)


You can probably surmise that we like a generous amount of frosting,
(as long as it is not too sweet.)


This is one of my all-time favorites ~ cream cheese based; smooth and creamy. This time I flavored it with a little vanilla and orange extracts, and a bit of orange zest; from the super-fine microplane grater .



Delicate frosting with a creamy, silky orange flavor.
Think 50-50 or Dreamcicle.



Little tendrils of orange, from my favorite garnish zester


It made turning another year older... a little easier to take. :)

If you would like printable copies of the recipes for the cake and frosting you can find them on the Once Upon a Plate recipe blog by clicking HERE.

Thanks for coming by today, friends!









22 comments:

  1. Mouth-watering!
    All my favorites, banana, orange, coconut and the magic word 'creamy'!
    Sounds wonderful!

    Happy Birthday!
    All best wishes to you!
    Eileen

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  2. AWESOME!!! I love the frosting recipe and the addition of toasted coconut sounds DELICIOUS!!!

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  3. Happy Birthday, Mari! I like how you've been cooking with portion control in mind. Way better than having this delicious cake around until two people decide to finish it!

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  4. whoa momma come to me baby! that cake looks SUPER! glad you had a happy bday and glad you saved us a bite of cake~

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  5. You made it again! The cake looks enticing!

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  6. What a beauty of a cake...I have those little pans too...I must try them for a petite cake...
    Happy Birthday sweet friend!
    L~xo

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  7. That is such a gorgeous cake!! I love the super thick frosting :)

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  8. This is beautiful and it sounds really good. I am amazed at how perfect it looks!

    Sue

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  9. OMG...How darn cute is this cake, it is so cute and sounds so good.

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  10. This looks so yummy! I would have never thought of the combination but am anxious to try it, thanks!

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  11. Thank you so much for your comments, friends.

    And thanks for the sweet birthday wishes! ((hugs!!))

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  12. So pretty! I love the orange tendrils - reminds me of a little girl's ringlets! :)

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  13. Hi Mari,
    Happy Birthday! I would love to join you for some of that cake.

    Carolyn

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  14. You won my heart with "orange", grins. This cake looks so dreamy good! I really like the idea of orange, coconut, and banana flavors partnered in a delectable little cake.

    Hope you have many happy birthday memories to cherish and wishes come through throughout the year.

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  15. Now that is what I call a perfectly constructed cake! The dome is adorable. it reminds me of a little circus tent ...:)) I too like a frosting that is not too sweet and banana cakes are one of my favourite cakes ...Im definitely checking out this recipe esp for the frosting !TQ so much.

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  16. I absolutely love this. I love all things mini! The cake looks great.

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  17. Beautiful cake on a beautiful plate!

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  18. Delish, wish I had a piece right now xoxox Clarice

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  19. Thank you for your sweet comments and birthday wishes ~ you all are the BEST! ((hugs)) ~m.

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