My husband and I love cake for dessert. And we also really like chocolate.
Not in a sickly obsessing kinda way, but as occasional treat (this is a cake blog, so who is judging anyway).
However, the fact that we are currently living in Thailand poses several obstacles to indulging in cake and chocolate too often. First of all, as some of you might know already, the house we are renting here has no oven
I know, kinda sad situation for a baker and cake decorator.
But I have learned to accept it as a current circumstance, that too shall pass. Turns out not being able to whip up baked treats myself is really good for my figure. Who would have thought!
So definitely no homemade, from scratch cakes for us at the moment.
The second obstacle is the fact that this is Thailand. If you don’t know yet, Thailand is very close to the equator. Meaning, it’s always, ALWAYS warm here. Well, I don’t want to lie to you. It actually is always HOT here.
And don’t get me wrong, I love the heat and all that it brings with it, like being able to wear flip flops all the time… But unfortunately my beloved chocolate can’t stand the heat as well as I do. Whenever we buy chocolate from an air-conditioned store, we have to either eat it right away or go straight home to put it in the fridge.
Yeah, you read correctly. We have to keep chocolate in the fridge to keep it from melting. The only A/C at our place is in the bedroom and keeping chocolate in the bedroom somehow doesn’t work. It’s always gone in the morning. The mice from the attic probably come and get it when we are sound asleep, or something like that.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t really like chocolate from the fridge. It somehow isn’t the real, enjoyable, soothing chocolate experience when you almost break a tooth trying to take a bite, if you know what I mean.
As you can see, chocolate and cake at our place aren’t really an option. But we aren’t entirely deprived of all things enjoyable and you don’t have to send us a care package of home-made cake and chocolate goodies (because I know that is what you all wanted to do right now).
We found a solution. Cafes! Since we both already
are addicted to love coffee we frequent cafes and coffee shops quite often. And many times they also offer cake here, specifically chocolate cake (see where I am going?)
You guessed right, instead of baking cake at home or trying to find a way to transport chocolate to and store it at our place, we get our fix outside the home. Every now and then we treat ourselves to cake at a cafe and more often than not it is some type of chocolate cake.
When we were in Georgetown, Malaysia last week (and everything I just mentioned about Thailand goes for Malaysia just the same) we indulged in a piece of this amazing Chocolate Banana Cake at a little cafe called Kaffa.
If you would like to make your own version of this cake try this recipe:
- Bake the chocolate cake in 3 9″ pans. Level the cooled cake layers.
- Prepare the chocolate mousse filling. Peel and cut the bananas into slices.
- Assemble the cake starting with the first cake layer. Spread some of the chocolate mousse over it, place banana slices on top and finish with some more mousse.
- Place the second cake layer on and repeat. Finish with the last cake layer. Ice the top and the sides with the mousse and place the cake in the fridge.
- Prepare the chocolate glaze and let it cool down until it barely feels warm but is still spreadable. Spread the glaze over the mousse iced cake. If you have remaining mousse you can pipe little rosettes on as decoration or use some sugar pearls as in this picture.
- If desired, serve with whipped cream.