Dessert Time: Chocolate Banana Cake

5 Jul


I had about two bananas that had basically become past ripe – they were disgusting looking: black and soft. So, there was only one thing to do: make banana bread.

Except, this time, I decided to make a chocolate banana cake. (Yum!) The cake is softer and just as moist.

My Variations

  • I also made a variation because I have a friend that does not like chocolate. I decided to mix all the ingredients as in the procedure, except I left out the cocoa. Then when everything was mixed, I pour two small ramekins full with the plain banana mixture. I added the same amount of cocoa to the main batter to make the chocolate banana cake. :)
  • I used a spring pan instead of the original pan; if you do this, you will have more than enough, which is why the ramekins came in handy.

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 2 cups (400 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups (245 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (75 grams) cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium sized bananas)
  • 1 cup (240 ml) warm water
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) safflower or canola oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Frosting:

Procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven. Butter, or spray with a non stick vegetable spray, a 9 x 13 inch (23 x 33 cm) pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs, mashed bananas, water, milk, oil, and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir, or whisk, until combined. You will notice that the batter is quite thin. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. When completely cooled, frost with the Ganache.

Yumm...the perfect little cake

See the moist inside? Pure beauty!

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