Life takes strange twists and turns… When I mentioned to my friend that I had started a food blog his first reaction was “WHAT!!! Cooking and YOU???” Well , I think that would be the normal reaction of anyone who knew me 10 years back .. Cooking and me? No way :).. But life unfolds itself in ways unknown to us.. Somewhere down the lane I got interested in cooking and experimenting with food … Now here I am with my own food blog.. And yes, my friend was impressed after seeing my blog 🙂 .. (Another feedback now I get from my relatives and friends when they see the blog is “Did YOU make all these?” .. Somehow the old stigma is still attached to me.. 🙂 )
Well coming back to food, I tried this Chocolate Banana Cake … and it was exceptionally moist and soft in texture… And it is absolutely easy to cook up this treat, the batter can be prepared in 15 minutes.. As the recipe uses oil instead of butter, all you have to do is mix the oil, eggs, water and milk with the mashed bananas. Mix in the dry ingredients, and that’s it… The batter will be really thin so the baking time will take around 45 minutes… For all chocolate lovers , this cake is a must try…
Joy of baking
- Granulated white sugar – 2 cups (400 grams)
- All-purpose flour – 1 3/4 cups (245 grams)
- Unsweetened cocoa powder (regular or Dutch-processed) – 3/4 cup (75 grams)
- Baking powder -1 1/2 tsp
- Baking soda – 1 1/2 tsp
- Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
- large eggs – 2
- Mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium sized bananas) – 1 cup
- Warm water – 1 cup (240 ml)
- Milk-1/2 cup (120 ml)
- Corn, safflower or canola oil – 1/2 cup (120 ml)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Chocolate Ganache Frosting:
- Semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces – 8 ounces (227 grams)
- Heavy whipping cream – 3/4 cup (180 ml)
- Unsalted butter – 1 tablespoon (14 gram)
- 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.
- In a large bowl whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- 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.
- Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. When completely cooled, frost with the Ganache.
- Place the chopped chocolate in a medium sized stainless steel, or heatproof bowl. Set aside.
- Heat the cream and butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil.
- Immediately pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth.
- When Ganache has completely cooled, beat until soft and fluffy. Then spread the frosting on top of the cake. Can garnish with dried banana chips.