Friday, November 6, 2015

Making Banana Chocolate Cake

I was clearing some very ripe bananas (those with brown spots on the skin) and walnuts in my kitchen so I turned them into a banana butter cake yesterday evening. This cake is so moist, fragrant and not sickly sweet. Also, you can make the cake into either a loaf cake, round cake or even cupcakes.

Banana, Chocolate and Walnuts Combo.

Banana Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

1 stick (225gr) Unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup Brown sugar
3 Large eggs
2 1/4 cups Flour
1/4 cup or 3-4 tbs Cocoa powder
1 tbs Milk powder (optional)
1 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Baking soda
1 tsp Salt
1 1/4 cups or 2-3 Ripe bananas, mashed
150ml Evaporated milk
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Banana essence
50gr Walnuts, chopped (optional)
50gr Cooking chocolate, chopped/grated (optional)

Methods:

1. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, milk powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. If you are using walnuts and chopped chocolates, coat them in the flour mix too. Set aside.

2. In a different bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy with high-speed electric mixer.

3. Add eggs one at a time into the wet batter and mix well until incorporated.

4. Pour the mashed bananas, vanilla extract and banana essence into the wet batter and mix well with low-speed mixer.

5. Alternately add the flour and evaporated milk to the wet batter until just combined with a spatula.

6. Pour the cake batter in a lined cake tin. If you have extra banana, slice it into two and place them on top of the cake before baking.

7. Bake the cake in a preheated oven (at 170 degree celcius) for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.

8. Once done, let the cake cool completely before slicing it.

One more note, I wouldn't decorate the top of the cake with some chopped cooking chocolate before baking because after 40 mins to 1 hour of baking, the chopped chocolate will make the top of the cake looks burnt thus less pretty. I would rather incorporate the chopped chocolate into the cake batter for that extra chocolate kick.

Enjoy.

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