German Banana Chocolate Cream Cake

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Maulwurfkuchen is the classic, German “Mole Cake,” made to look like a mound of dirt a mole left in your backyard. This cake was often on the rotation for cake and coffee time in Germany.  It’s extremely easy to make, does not involve a lot of skill, but tastes super delicious! It consists of a simple chocolate cake base, fresh bananas and a whipped cream frosting marbled with Dutch milk chocolate sprinkles – yum! All that’s required is a spring form if you don’t already have one.

This could also make a cute kid’s birthday cake if you take some extra time to decorate it with a garden of carrots and flowers and moles made from marzipan (my preference) or fondant. Super cute! I went the plain route as I am just planning to eat it myself. 😉

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Ingredients for the batter:

  • 7 Tbsp (100g) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 5/8 c (140g) sugar
  • 1 c (150g) all-purpose flour
  • 4 Tbsp (30g) cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 c (75 ml) milk

For the toppings:

  • 3 bananas, halved lengthwise (I used about 2.5, but depends on size)
  • 1 pint (500 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 3 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 c milk chocolate sprinkles (I like the De Ruijter brand, which you can find at World Market or buy here online)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 320 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Prepare a spring form (I used one with about 9 inch diameter), with parchment paper on the round bottom and by greasing the sides with butter.
  3. Combine all ingredients for the batter and beat with an electric mixer until smooth (about 5 minutes)
  4. Pour the batter into the spring form and distribute evenly.
  5. Bake on the middle rack for about 30 minutes, let cool completely.
  6. Now gently remove the middle of the cake (see photo below), by leaving about a one inch rim and some of the bottom. Save the crumbs.
  7. Peel the bananas, half lengthwise and lay flat side down onto the hollowed out cake.
  8. Combine the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla in a deep bowl and whisk until stiff. Fold in the chocolate sprinkles and distribute evenly over the bananas (come all the way to the rim), forming a mound.
  9. Sprinkle the crumbs over the mound and gently press onto the mound.
  10. If you would like, you can decorate this cake with moles, carrots, grasses and flowers made from marzipan or fondant (makes a great cake for a kid’s birthday party!). I left mine as is. Guten Appetit!

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