Planning my grandson's 1st birthday cake.
As much as I crave the pic of chocolate frosting smeared all over his face and through his hair, bananas are what he really loves. This is the recipe I have in mind http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo... but I'm not fond of cream cheese frosting so I'm thinking an Italian Meringue Buttercream. The question is, should I stick to a plain vanilla buttercream or am I missing an opportunity to flavor the buttercream and, perhaps, add something sexy to the filling?
My first thought was a tropical explosion with the buttercream pineapple flavored and fresh mango sliced into the filling. But that might just be over the top and mess with the flavor I know he really loves. An alternative might be this Caramel Cream http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo... for the filling and a chocolate butttercream icing.
I"d love some thoughts, recipes and links to do-able 1st birthday cake decorating pix. I've still got 3 weeks to figure it all out.