NO-BAKE BANANA CAKE - A CLASSIC FRIDGE CAKE
The no-bake cake is a classic fridge cake that does not require any baking, like the banana cake. It is available in all variations with summery fruits, as cheesecake or Black Forest gateau.
Perfect for the warm season
This great cake is perfect for the warm season when you don't feel like standing in the kitchen and in front of the hot oven forever because of the heat. As it is served chilled, it is wonderfully refreshing and also fantastically delicious.
The basis of the no-bake cake is the same in almost every recipe. The cake does not consist of a classic batter and the typical ingredients such as butter, sugar, eggs and flour, but only of crumbled biscuits that are processed into a solid mass with a little hot butter.
Chocolate fans will also get their money's worth here, because the base can be drizzled with liquid chocolate. The preparation is totally uncomplicated and everything is stirred together in a flash, so you don't have to stand in the kitchen for long and save yourself hours of tidying up. You can also do without laborious dough kneading with this cake.
Which biscuits you use for the base is left to personal taste. Ladyfingers, Oreo biscuits, Cantuccini, Amarettini, chocolate puff rice and butter biscuits are particularly suitable for this.
For Christmas cake you can use speculaas biscuits. A variety of chopped or ground nuts or dried fruit can enhance the cake. There are actually no limits to the imagination when it comes to preparation. You can try different recipes until you find your favourites.
Preparing the no-bake cake is easy as pie! The cookies are simply crumbled using a food processor or rolling pin. If you don't have either of these at hand, you can use a simple trick to help yourself.
To do this, fill the biscuits in a large airtight bag and work it with a wooden spoon or meat mallet until everything is finely crumbled. Then melted butter is added, which provides the necessary hold in the cake. Liquid chocolate, which has previously been melted in a water bath, is particularly tasty.
The finished mixture is then stirred into a dough, which is then pressed into a cake pan lined with baking paper so that a firm base is formed. The cake then goes into the fridge for 45 minutes. You can either spread the chopped bananas on the cake base or use them later as a garnish or for the filling.
There are numerous possibilities and variations for the creamy filling. If you like it fresh in summer, it is best to use yoghurt, mascarpone, ricotta or quark. A few squirts of lemon juice give the filling an extra kick of freshness. You can also fill the cake with vanilla pudding, into which you add the bananas, which have previously been pureed with a little milk or cream to a fine mush.
There are no limits to the imagination and joy of improvisation with the no-bake cake. Finally, mix the ingredients into a cream, spread it on the cake base and leave it in the fridge for at least two hours or even better overnight. This gives the cake the necessary firmness.
What would this cake be without its garnish? Fresh fruits are particularly good for this. Raspberries, strawberries, currants, apricots or peaches are very popular and are often used for garnishing. Another great topping is nuts, mint leaves or lemon balm.
If you like it particularly pretty, you can also decorate the cake with edible flowers. Violets, cowslips, forget-me-nots, magnolias or lavender are great eye-catchers that visually enhance the cake with their bright colors.
Et voilà, the no-bake cake is ready.