So here are the relevant recipes and instructions...
Banana Chocolate Chip Cake (adapted from Allrecipes.com)
- 1 c. all-purpose flour
- 2 c. whole wheat flour
- 2 c. sugar
- 1 Tbl. baking soda
- 4 large bananas, mashed
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 c. butter, melted
- 1/2 c. milk
- 1 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Pour into a greased and floured 9x13" pan. Bake 35 min at 350 degrees F, or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the cake comes out clean.
Yummmm...look at all those chocolate chips! It would be excellent with some chopped walnuts added in, too.
Chocolate Frosting (adapted from Hershey's "Perfectly Chocolate" Chocolate Frosting)
- 1/2 c. butter
- 2/3 c. cocoa powder
- 3 c. powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp. instant coffee powder
- 4-6 Tbl. milk
To Assemble Piano Cake (idea taken from Betty Crocker)
Carve the cake into the shape of a grand piano. Carve a piano bench out of the larger scrap.
Use white chocolate and dark chocolate rectangles to make keys for the keyboard. I also used white chocolate and black gel icing to make sheet music (it's propped up with a couple little pieces of dark chocolate). Enjoy!