Saturday, November 20, 2010

Chocolate Banana Swirl Cake

Banana chocolate collage

This wonderful cake can be made with little effort. If you like bananas, this is a cake you'll definitely love - it's very banana-y. I didn't bother frosting it but decided to create some swirls on the surface of the batter instead for a pretty finish. I baked this late one night and took it in to work the next day - it disappeared pretty quickly.

My cake was inspired by this recipe from Week Of Menus. I made a few changes to come up with a slightly healthier alternative.

Here's what needs to be done:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9-inch cake pan.

In a bowl, mix together these dry ingredients-

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt

In another bowl, beat together:

  • 5 Tbsp softened butter
  • 2 oz melted semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed well
  • ¾ cup yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp rum extract

Combine the dry and wet ingredients together. Mix well. The batter will be a relatively thick one.

Add 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips to the batter and mix again.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan.

Melt 2 ounces of white chocolate. Drop small blobs of the melted chocolate all over the surface of the batter and run a toothpick through it to create beautiful swirls.

Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out relatively clean.

Cool, slice and serve.

Notes: I was a little disappointed that I could not taste the rum or vanilla flavors in the cake. I could not even taste the chocolate in the cake though I'd added almost 6 ounces of it in addition to the cocoa powder. The banana flavor had overpowered all of the other flavors in the cake. Next time, I'd like to try adding some coffee to the cake for a different taste.

Banana chocolate cake5

I'm sending this over to Deeba for the Fruit in Baking edition of the Monthly Mingle event that she's hosting.

13 Burps:

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow looks yummilicious...with chocolate looks super yum

Priya said...

Sooooo tempting and gorgeous looking cake..

Dinetonite said...

Can't wait - book marking!

Laavanya said...

Hey TBC, good to see you posting again :)
That looks dense and fabulous.. to tempting.

Deeba PAB said...

Sorry, but did you get my comment?

Deeba PAB said...

I thought you mightn't have got my previous I go again...
Thank you for bringing this deliciousness to the Mingle. I ♥ how deep the chocolate looks, and can imagine how moist it must be with yogurt and bananas. Sorry your mail didn't get through, but I'll just grab this right off your blog! It's far too delicious to leave behind!

Sanjeeta kk said...

I love bananas in my baking and this calls for a try soon.

Nags said...

lovely swirls, i love banana cake! :)

Nachiketa said...

What an amazing swirls cake.... Banana n Chocolate... just can't go wrong with them :)

The Variable, Crazy Over Desserts - Nachiketa
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Anonymous said...

Looks really delicious! Love the swirls.

TBC said...

Sharmilee, Priya, Laavanya, Deeba, Nags, Nachiketa & honeybeecooksjackfruit- Thanks for your comments!

Sanjeeta kk- Let me know how you like it when you do make it!

Anonymous said...

Wow...this looks soooo divine! Yummy :)

TBC said...

Homecooked- Thanks! :) How are you?

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