Don't be fooled by the normal-sounding name of this special cake. It's no Plain Jane vanilla dessert. Sour cream–enriched vanilla butter cake layers are studded with semisweet chocolate chips, then sandwiched with layers of gooey dulce de leche, bananas, and vanilla whipped cream. It's decadence in three layers, all in a monochromatic buttery white look, dotted with the chocolate chip accents. This is another cake where the bare sides look better out in the open, where you can admire each step it took toward your pleasure.
Layer cakes for birthdays—or pretty much any occasion—should be extravagant and over the top. This one is both.... Read More