Surprise Butterfinger Banana Cake

February 1, 2012

It looks so cute right? I made myself a little Happy Birthday cake! Yep, today’s my birthday! Now don’t go feeling sorry for me that I made my own cake. I was having fun with the Wilton Tasty Fill Mini Cake Pans and thought I’d whip something together for a post on my special day. Plus my foodie BFF Shannon over at Bake Frost Repeat is baking me something fantastic tomorrow! See what she baked for me last year. I love the combination of chocolate, peanut butter, and banana, so I thought I’d come up with a creation of those flavors pulling from several different recipes. That resulted in Surprise Butterfinger Banana Cake! There’s only one problem though…if you notice, this post is in the Oops! category. *sigh*

Surprise Butterfinger Banana Cake

So, how’s it taste?

It’s horrible. So, so bad. The cake turned out thick, not light and moist like I wanted. I halved the recipe and followed it to a T and it just didn’t taste good. Part of the problem is my fault. I needed very ripe bananas and it’s hard to find them when they aren’t green. So my bananas weren’t ripe enough. The cake has that slight gross taste from unripe bananas. Some folks eat green bananas, I like mine with tons of black spots, that’s when you know they’re going to be sweet and delicious. So strike one there. There’s Butterfinger chunks throughout but not enough. I almost added some mini chocolate chips and after, I wish I had.

Inside Surprise Butterfinger Banana Cake

You can probably guess strike two. The “surprise” part was the filling inside. I picked a filling from a Butterfinger Pie recipe that I’ve made before. The pie was fantastic, but as you can see, it didn’t set up enough to hold its own once the cake was cut. Oozing Butterfinger filling everywhere. But on the plus side, it tasted fantastic! It’s peanut buttery and also has chunks of crunchy Butterfinger. I’m not sure what I did wrong here. I needed about 1/8 of the regular recipe and recipe math is a big ol’ pain in the butt, so I’m sure I’m to blame for this one. I remember the pie filling being thicker, but it’s really difficult to fourth an egg yolk and even a bigger pain to figure out 1/16 of a teaspoon.

I frosted the cake with chocolate tub frosting. Don’t judge…it’s my birthday and I freakin’ love that stuff. So at least the frosting and bits of Butterfinger tasted good. I decided not to give you the recipe because I think the cake part is just gross and not a good recipe. I’d like to revisit this flavor combination some day and see if I can make it taste good. I like the idea, but it needs some work.

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  • Kelly February 1, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Happy Birthday anyway!! One small oops in a blog full of greats is not bad! 🙂

    • Leah February 1, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Aw, thanks Kelly!

  • Julie @ Table for Two February 1, 2012 at 11:39 am

    aww sorry that it didn’t turn out, but happy birthday nonetheless!! hope it’s wonderful 🙂

    • Leah February 1, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      It’s ok. I was having more fun with those little pans than anything. Thanks for the birthday wishes!

  • Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious February 1, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Happy birthday! Don’t worry too much about the oops cake. 1/8thing a recipe sounds impossible. Nonetheless it’s a beautiful cake. May your day be filled with happiness and more cake!

    • Leah February 1, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Thanks for the b’day wishes! I thought the cake was too cute not to post…even if it didn’t taste so awesome. 😉

  • Stephanie February 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm


    • Leah February 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      Thanks so much, Stephanie!

  • Shannon February 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday!!!! uh hmm, you know my feeling about tub frosting, especially chocolate….But anyhoo – too bad it didn’t work out. It looks cute nonetheless and now I’m craving Butterfingers. Thanks. 🙂

    • Leah February 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      Aren’t you glad yellow cake with chocolate tub frosting wasn’t on the list this year? Bwa ha ha!

  • Cassie February 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Happy, happy birthday, Leah! Hope it’s been fabulous. Mine is Sunday, I wish we were neighbors so you could make me this cake, I love banana and peanut butter together. PERFECT!!

  • Sues February 2, 2012 at 6:21 am

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday!! This cake looks AMAZING!! The filling is beautiful and I can never turn Butterfinger down 🙂