My children love helping me in the kitchen. They both like to help with the cleaning and the cooking, I’m lucky. Sasha has started figuring out that certain foods combined together can make a specific dish. When I grab celery, carrots, and onions she asks if I am making soup. If I put a big pot of water on to boil she asks if I am making pasta. One day I picked up a few browned bananas off the counter, and Sasha asked if I was making chocolate banana cake. I have never heard of chocolate banana cake before, but this continued all summer long whenever she would see browned bananas she would ask about chocolate banana cake. I finally have given in. I made her chocolate banana cake while she was taking “quiet time”. When she woke up, she came out of her room saying, “What is that great smell coming from.” I told her I made a surprise for her, and cut her a slice of the cake. Without telling her what it was I gave it to her. She took a bite, and said the chocolate banana cake was delicious. I’m not quite sure how she knew that is was chocolate banana cake, but it made me so happy to hear her say how much she liked it.
I found my recipe on a delicious site called Baking Bites. Head over there to check out what other tasty treats Nichole is baking up.
MARBLED CHOCOLATE BANANA CAKE
from Baking Bites
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 ripe, medium bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sour cream (*I used light mayo)
1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease a 12-cup bundt pan (12-inch diameter).
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in the eggs one by one, waiting until each has been incorporated to add the next. Beat in vanilla extract and mashed bananas.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mix and stir to combine. Add in the sour cream (or mayo), followed by the remaining flour mixture.
Remove 1 1/2 cups of batter into a small bowl and stir in cocoa powder.
Pour 2/3 of the plain batter into the prepared bundt pan, top with cocoa batter and spoon the rest of the plain batter on top. Run a knife through the batter gently to swirl.
Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean and the top springs back when lightly pressed.
Turn cake out onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.
Serve plain, or dusted with powdered sugar.
*Mayo provides a slight tanginess, and can be found in other chocolate cake recipes.