Becky has spent her entire career cooking and baking, which are also her favorite hobbies outside of work. For her, time spent in the kitchen not only relieves stress, but is lots of fun as well. Becky’s love for baking began as a child, standing on a chair next her mom, adding ingredients and mixing up dough.
This cake is perfect for a variety of celebrations including birthdays, anniversaries or a job promotion.
Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13x9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil; grease and flour foil. Set aside.
Combine all cake ingredients except chocolate and oil in large bowl; beat at medium speed until well mixed. Reserve 2 cups batter; set aside. Spread remaining batter into prepared pan.
Combine melted chocolate and oil in small bowl until well mixed. Stir into reserved batter; mix well. Drop by spoonfuls over batter in pan; using table knife, swirl chocolate batter into banana batter.
Bake 33-38 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely. Freeze 1 hour.
Meanwhile, combine all frosting ingredients except half & half in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until well mixed. Continue beating, adding enough half & half for desired spreading consistency.
Remove cake from freezer; carefully invert onto large 15x10-inch platter. Frost top and sides with about 2 1/2 cups frosting. Place remaining frosting in pastry bag fitted with large 3/4-inch star tip. Pipe large stars onto frosting on outside edge of cake. Sprinkle with decorator sprinkles.
Place 7 or 8 large gumballs on cake for balloons. Place licorice pieces under gumballs for strings. “Tie” strings with licorice, if desired.
Let stand at room temperature for 2 hours before serving.
Dietary Fiber: 2g
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