Donkey Kong’s Cake – Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze

A cake fit for a gorilla!

A cake fit for a gorilla!

Nintendo recently unveiled a new trailer for their upcoming game “Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze” featuring DK and the gang having an apetastic party being crashed by a flock of chilly enemies. Whats wrong with bad guys nowadays anyway? They don’t even have the common decency to let a gorilla enjoy his banana topped cake. I’ve always been a fan of DK and his chimp sidekick Diddy, with Donkey Kong Country being one of my top five favorite games ever. It has been and always will to such a thrill to play, no matter how many times I’ve played it. And in my honest opinion this new entry looks stunning, I personally cannot wait to get my hands on it, especially if its anything like Country.

Going back to the trailer, a glorious banana topped cake is displayed front and center, waiting for DK to blow it’s candle out. Unfortunately for this dexterous gorilla he couldn’t enjoy his cake. However, I recreated the same cake and DK is welcome ’round to share some with us!

Our time together was short and sweet.

Our time together was short and sweet.

Fun Fact: The fourth world in the first Land game is in fact the city that the very first Donkey Kong took place in, the one where the original Kong held Pauline hostage on top of a skyscraper.

Banana Cake:
125 g butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons hot milk
2 cups plain baking flour
1 teaspoon baking powder


Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add mashed banana and mix thoroughly.Stir soda into hot milk and add to creamed mixture.

Sift flour and baking powder together. Stir into creamed mixture until combined.

Divide into two greased and lined 20 cm round cake tins.Bake at 180°C for 50 minutes or until cakes springs back when lightly touched. Leave in tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack. Cakes can be filled with whipped cream and sliced bananas.



Banana Icing:
1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon banana milkshake powder


In a saucepan, stir together the sugar and water. Cook over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is bubbly. Stir constantly.
In a medium mixing bowl, lets eggs whites and salt sit for a couple minutes. Whip the egg whites, salt and vanilla to soft peaks. Gradually add the sugar mixture while whipping constantly until stiff peaks form, about 7 to 10 minutes. Finally stir in the banana milkshake powder, add more if desired.

I covered the cake with a royal icing that I dyed brown, and topped with sprinkles and DK letters. It was almost too sweet, so if you do attempt to make this cake, be advised for future cavities.

Fun Fact: “Jungle Fantasy”, the Japanese OST for the original DKC, contained seven arranged songs, all exclusive to the soundtrack. The OST was eventually released in Amercia as “DK Jamz”, though out of all the arrangements, it only contained Jungle Groove, leaving out the other six songs.



Bowl Of Grilled Bananas with Passionfruit Sauce – Guild Wars II

Although my journey into the world of MMOs ended at Final Fantasy XI, I can’t lie about the few times I would occasionally divert to other MMORPGs. FFXI was the gateway drug into Runescape, Everquest, Rift and Guild Wars II (shockingly enough, never World of Warcraft). And, although time spent with these games were fleeting, I can still remember what a huge role crafting played in the day to day continuation of these online experiences.

Obviously my favorite craft was cooking, and looking back at this particular recipe is so laughable, all you need are a banana, a bottle of Passionfruit sauce and presto! Magic happens before your very eyes. If only it were that easy in real life.

What's that orange stuff?

What’s that orange stuff?

Anyway, on to the recipe. I wanted to create something simple after the amount of time I had put into the Super Mario 64 cake and this fit the bill, it takes about 5 minutes.

Fun Fact: Traveling to many of the vistas entails a LOT of platforming for an MMORPG. Having jumping puzzles is also unusual in the MMO genre.

3 firm bananas
2 Tbsp of brown sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp of butter
Pulp from 2-3 passionfruit

Pre-heat the grill. Line a baking tray with foil.
Slice the bananas in half, length-ways. Spread the butter over the cut side. Place the bananas, cut side up, on the baking tray.
Sprinkle bananas with brown sugar. Grill for 4 minutes then gently turn bananas over and grill for another 4 minutes or until golden and soft.
Divide bananas equally amongst two serving dishes. Top with passionfruit pulp. If desired, serve with vanilla yoghurt, custard or even ice cream.

Fun Fact: To promote the “Dragon Bash” holiday, ArenaNet produced physical versions of the dragon piñatas that appear in game and sent them to assorted gaming journalists. I wonder what was inside?