Thursday, September 20, 2012

Chocolate Banana Cake




I have some overripe bananas sitting on the counter that is waiting to be bake. My  kids are not fond of banana cake so I was thinking of something else that they will gonna like. They love chocolate cakes and brownie, so I checked the internet for a chocolate banana recipe. There are actually a lot of recipe for banana cake but a recipe from joyofbaking was I think the best. She made the recipe super easy to do.

Finally, I made the most delicious banana cake recipe ever. The cake turned out to be moist and perfect for the chocolate frosting. It combines the sweetness and richness of ripe mashed bananas and cocoa powder. Chocolate Banana Cake is easy to make. No need for a mixer, just whisks, and two bowls, one for the dry ingredients and one for the wet ingredients.



Chocolate Banana Cake

Ingredients:

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


Chocolate Ganache Frosting:
  • 8 ounces (227 grams )semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon (14 grams) unsalted butter

Baking Directions:

  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 sift together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk the eggs until until the yolk and white are well combined, add the mashed bananas, water, milk, oil, and vanilla extract. Whisk well.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with spatula 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. 
  5. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. When completely cooled, frost with the ganache.

Ganache is a French term referring to a smooth mixture of chopped chocolate and heavy cream. While it is often poured over a cake or torte for a smooth and shiny glaze, this time it is whipped so it becomes a nice thick and spreadable frosting.
  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a medium sized stainless steel, or heatproof  bowl. Set aside. 
  2. Heat the cream and butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat (can also be heated in the microwave). Bring just to a boil. 
  3. Immediately pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. 
  4. When Ganache has completely cooled, beat until soft and fluffy (I use a wire whisk). Then spread the frosting on top of the cake. Can garnish with dried banana chips.

I also tried another version of the recipe with some changes in the ingredients since I don't have all the ingredients available, instead of unsweetened cocoa powder, I used my sons Nestle chocolate milk powder and Betty Crocker butter cream frosting and mixed with chocolate chips. I used the microwave instead of stove top for the frosting and it is a lot more easier.



34 comments:

  1. I haven't tried Chocolate Banana, will try this recipe soon. Thanks for sharing! ;)

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  2. I'll try this one time, so yummy!

    thanks for sharing!

    :))

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  3. Wow! Just got my eyes glued. Haha. So yummy. Thanks for the recipe. :)

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  4. Really, this sounds so new to me but the looks of it is so enticing and mouth-watering. Thanks for this recipe to save. Now I am really pressured to buy wifey an oven machine.

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  5. Mmm looks SO sinful! If I was making it, I'd probably reduce the sugar and toss in an extra egg for reduced calories and more protein.

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  6. Nakakagutom! I love chocolate and I love bananas!

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  7. Bookmakrked this one, mura lang ang bananas so I'll ask my wife to do one for me.

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  8. Chocolate and bananas have always combined well. I'm looking forward to trying this recipe.

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  9. Try to add pecan nuts or walnut on it. Perfect and so yummy.

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  10. Yummy! It's mouth-watering! I love chocolates but not into bananas. Thanks for sharing the recipe M'Tess, would try it, too! =)

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  11. i'm going to try this out! this is really delicious. i love chocolate and banana cakes. how much more if my two favorite cakes combined in one? this could be really awesome!

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  12. sarap naman nito.. try ko gawin to pag may time.. thanks for sharing mam tess

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  13. Nomnom! I haven't tried baking banana cake with toppings on top :) Pero I already tried baking my own. Hehehe Thanks for the recipe! Will try to bake again with my mom..

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  14. I like banana cake. But I'm really not a fan of the actual banana fruit. SO when I read you post of a choco-banana cake, my eyes just went big. I love chocolate.. but I am willing to try it with a little banana. :)

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  15. Looks really delicious as it combines the sweet taste of chocolate and the fruity taste of a banana.

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  16. I have no idea that chocolate and banana could be combined and turned to a cake. Your creation looks so delectable! :)

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  17. same here.. it's just me who eats my banana cake! now this is a good alternative for kids!! thanks!!

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  18. This is so inviting. I love to eat chocolate banana cake! I remember when I was still studying in college since I took up H.E. class and we'd our cooking session to make a banana cake. I did all the steps. When it's baking time, my cake turned out unextended (naging sapatos)! Hahaha! My classmates told me that the culprit lies on the process of mixing the ingredients. Is that so?

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    1. Hahahaha@ lakas ng tawa ko sa Sapatos,lol.

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    2. maraming factor, pwedeng undermix or over mix, temperature, baka too high or too low ,pwede rign mali yung size ng pan.

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  19. For a long time now, I wanted to bake try baking. I love the mixing part. But I still ahven't tried even once. I don't know how to use the over and I'm afraid to try :/
    That banana chocolate cake in the picture looks perfect to me. Now I'm hungry!

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  20. Oh my! I want this mouth-watering chocolate cake. I bookmarked the page for the recipe. I'm sure my kids and hubby will never get enough of this dessert. YummY!!

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  21. My hubby loves banana cake. And i make him banana cake at least once a month. But chocolate, haven't tried this. I'm sure he'll love it too. Im planning to surprise him next week with a chocolate banana.

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  22. looks scrumptious. i appreciate the recipe as well. thanks for sharing.

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  23. It looks tasty. I will try baking Chocolate Banana Cake one of these days. Thanks for the recipe.

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  24. i miss banana cake though it's my first time to see such cake with chocolate. It really looks yummy.

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  25. This is really something new, My hubby loves eating banana cake and me loves chocolate cake. We'll definitely try to bake this one Ms. Tess.

    Thanks for sharing your version of choco banana cake.

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  26. Naku matutuwa nag girlfriend ko nito saakin. mahilig sa chocolate yun!

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  27. it looks sooo good.

    but I havent tried any chocolate banana cake

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  28. Ganache is a new word on my cooking dictionary, haha. I'm no fan of the fruit banana, can I use carrots instead?

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  29. Wow, the cake look really delicious! Actually, with it having banana (rich in potassium), it's taste + nutrition into one!

    I will grab this recipe and give to a friend. Let her cook it for me. LOLs. I have no talent in desserts.

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  30. Chocolate and banana, two things that always works together, cake looks promising, hope you can include more photos though

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