Noted for her innovative skills and ideas when it comes to home baking and cake decorating, Dayanara Hernandez is the owner of Cakes by Dee! Dee is known to all of Southwest Florida for her awesome tasting and clean-looking cakes. Dee, a self-taught cake decorator was born and raised in Hialeah Florida. Dee and her family moved over to the west coast of Florida in 1998 as her husband pursued his career in the Fire Department. Dee at the time was a house wife and mother with very little time on her hands. One day she decided to treat herself to some fun and she signed up for some Wilton cake classes at a Cape Coral A.C. Moore. Very soon after taking her classes she was hooked on making cakes. She would make cakes for her children’s football team, school teachers, family and friends, church, etc. Eventually her skills improved to a point where she was actually getting requests for quotes on cakes, cupcakes, and cookies and the rest was history. Dee has now been a cake baker and decorator for the last 7 years. She became an official business owner in January of 2011. Dee continues to hone her skills by taking classes and attending workshops related to cake décor. One of those learning resources she uses is Sharon’s SugarEd Productions. Sharon’s site has learning material for all cake decorating skill levels, from the novice to the veteran. The one thing that Dee emphasizes is not to limit your resources. There are many workshops and tutorials that can help you improve your skills, but ultimately practice makes perfect.
Banana Nut Spice Cake
2 large ripened bananas, mashed
1 Cup Buttermilk
1 Cup Melted butter
1 Cup vegetable oil
1 box Instant vanilla pudding mix
1 Cup of Sugar
1.5 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 Tsp Banana extract
(will be added after dry ingredients* 1.5 Cup whole milk and 6oz of white chocolate chips)
3 Cups Cake flour
3 Tsp baking soda
1 Tsp nutmeg
1.5 tsp cardamon
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
(will be added at the end *on a side bowl add 1/2 cup of cake flour with 1 cup chopped pecans)
Whisk together all wet ingredients in a bowl until all is incorporated. Whisk together all dry ingredients then add to the well incorporated wet ingredients. In a small sauce pan warm up Whole milk and chocolate chips until chips are almost melted. Whisk the warm milk and chips into the batter gently. Fold in the pecans and flour into batter gently.
Bake at 330 degrees until toothpick comes out clean.
Will make 2 8"x2" cake pans or 3 dozen cupcakes