HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARAH B!

A My New Roots Chocolate Banana Birthday Cake for one (ok, maybe two...)
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One of our all time favorite ladies, Sarah Britton of My New Roots, celebrated a birthday last week and made herself this devastatingly gorgeous chocolate banana cake for the occasion. And yes, posted pictures and the recipe on her blog for us all to salivate over…. See more pics here!

How satisfying is it to whip up the best birthday cake you can possibly make for yourself?!

We wish we were there to celebrate, Happy Birthday, Sarah B! xx

MY NEW ROOTS CHOCOLATE BANANA BIRTHDAY CAKE WITH MAPLE GLAZED WALNUTS

Banana Cake

Ingredients:
¼ cup / 60ml milk of your choice (nut, seed, rice, goat, …)
6 Tbsp. / 90ml melted coconut oil or ghee
6 Tbsp. / 90ml pure maple syrup
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 ¼ cups mashed ripe bananas (approximately 5 medium bananas)
2 cups / 280g light spelt flour (or flour of your choice)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. sea salt
1 cup / 100g walnuts, chopped (optional)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C.
2. Lightly oil and dust a 7” round spring form cake pan with flour, shaking out excess.
3. Put the milk, oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and bananas in a blender and blend until smooth.
4. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients. Add banana mixture and combine using as few strokes as possible. Fold in walnuts.
5. Pour batter into cake pan and smooth the top. Place in the oven and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (approx. 60 minutes)

Chocolate Cake
Ingredients:
2 cups / 280g light spelt flour (or flour of your choice)
½ cup / 50g unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 cup / 250ml pure maple syrup
1 ¼ cup / 300ml milk of your choice (nut, seed, rice, goat, …)
6 Tbsp. / 90ml melted coconut oil or ghee
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C. 
2. Lightly oil and dust a 7” round spring form cake pan with flour, shaking out excess.
3. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flours, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine.
4. In a separate bowl combine the maple syrup, milk, olive oil, vanilla and vinegar. Whisk to combine. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk to remove any lumps. 
5. Pour batter into cake pan and smooth the top. Place in the oven and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (approx. 60 minutes).

Maple Glazed Walnuts
Ingredients:
1 cup / 100g walnuts
1/4 cup / 60 ml pure maple syrup

Directions:
1. In a dry skillet over medium heat, lightly toast walnuts until fragrant. Add maple syrup to the pan and toss quickly to coat. Remove from pan to let cool. Enjoy.

Dark Chocolate Glaze
Ingredients:
1 cup / 250ml milk of your choice
200 grams high-quality extra dark chocolate (I used 85%) 
1 vanilla bean, scraped
pinch sea salt

Directions:
1. Slice vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape out the seeds, and place them in a small saucepan.
2. Add cold milk to the saucepan and warm slowly over medium heat. When hot, remove from heat and add chocolate. Stir until fully melted, whisk in a pinch of sea salt and glaze cake immediately. If the glaze sets, simply reheat to melt again.

Chocolate Banana Birthday Cake with Maple Glazed Walnuts – Assembly
Directions:
1. Bake cakes together, on the same rack if possible so that they cook evenly. Let cool completely. Slice each cake in half horizontally (I repeat, make sure they totally cool). You may need to slice the very tops off the cakes to make them straight. Discard (eat) the trimmings.
2. While cakes are baking, make the Maple Glazed Walnuts and Chocolate Glaze.
3. Start with one half of the chocolate cake on the bottom, spoon on about 1/4 of the glaze, with the majority being around the edge so that it oozes out when you place the next layer. Place a banana cake layer on top of the chocolate layer and spoon on glaze, repeat until the top layer. Pour the remaining glaze on the top of the cake and top with Maple Glazed Walnuts. Serve.

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