Friday, September 24, 2010

Banana Cake with Dark Chocolate and Walnuts

Banana cake with Dark Chocolate and Walnuts
That's right! You're actually seeing a new post from me. I realise that I haven't posted at all this month, but well, I'm just going to be honest about it.. I didn't feel like it. The boy left about a week ago to go study for a year in the UK, and I was spending every waking moment with him. Once he left, doing anything just felt like too much work. I didn't even bake anything, which is quite shocking because baking is usually quite the stress-buster. Now that I've had some time to absorb it all, I've decided to pick myself up and go with life, after all, it's only one year! Let's just hope it passes by quickly.

Anyway, about the recipe, I had a lot of bananas I'd frozen once they were at prime ripeness (is that a word?) to use to bake with. I've had this recipe bookmarked since a long time, from the Kitchen Sink and Bella Eats, originally via Gourmet, and I love recipes that have done their rounds with the food bloggers, it just proves it's been tried and tasted so many times, and has everyone's vote. The cake smelt absolutely delicious while in the oven, and I just knew it was going to be awesome. It tastes even better, super soft, moist with the flavor of banana really shining through, and the walnuts and chocolate adding a wonderful texture and mouthfeel. I halved the recipe [with him gone, my main fan {or guinea pig :P} is gone, so not as many people to eat it up], and it's almost over, in about 3 hours, just kept at home! You have to try this one, it's amazing.

Banana cake with Dark Chocolate and Walnuts 2
I forgot to half the butter for the topping, that's why it's so glossy. A few mistakes are almost a given with me nowadays :P!

Banana Cake with Dark Chocolate and Walnuts
Adapted from The Kitchen Sink via Gourmet

2 1/4 cups [270 g] flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick [8 oz/113 g] unsalted butter
3/4 cup [180 g] sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cup [280 g] mashed bananas -about 4
2/3 cup [200 g] yoghurt
1 tsp vanilla

3 1/2 - 4 oz [1/2 cup] bar of dark chocolate / chocolate chips
1 cup [140 g] walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup [60 g] sugar
2 tbsp [30 g] butter, melted
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions - 
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F [190 C]. Grease a 9 inch square pan.
  2. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt [I usually just combine well in my sifter just before I need to add it to the mixture]
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, beating between additions. Mix in the bananas, yoghurt and vanilla. The mixture might look curdled, don't worry about it.
  4. Add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Keep aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, toss together the chocolate, walnuts, sugar, melted butter and cinnamon. This forms your topping.
  6. Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan, then add half of the topping, creating the beautiful swirl in the middle. Pour the remaining batter, and then sprinkle the topping over the top.
  7. Bake for 35-40 mins, or until the cake is golden, and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 30 minutes on a wire rack, then remove and cool completely.


  1. Avanika, The long distance thing can be hard, but it is possible! :)

    This cake looks delicious! Bananas and chocolate are such a great combination. And as far as the extra butter, I don't think that could ever harm a recipe.

  2. Valerie - Thanks for the reassurance. I can only hope that one year from now, I'm happily posting about his return :P

    You're absolutely right, the more butter, the better [without chanelling Paula Deen]

  3. Yum that looks delicious and just my kind of cake. Lots of different tasty chunks in each bite. Love the flavour combo

  4. I totally agree with @Valerie it's possible :) i will def tuning in for ur one-year-from-now-happy-posting-return :D

    thou i'm not really a big fan of walnuts, but bananas and chocolate are lovely combination!

  5. Love the recipe. I have nut allergy kids so I'll skip the walnuts but I'm going to give this a try.

    Plan B

  6. Banana, chocolate, and nuts are heavenly together. Love how moist and satisfying this cake looks!

  7. Hi Avanika,

    mouth watering cake...yummy...


  8. Oh wow, that really looks good. I am a sucker for banana cake!

  9. Distance is tough but not impossible. Just have faith that it will work out for the best. In the mean time, cheering yourself up with this heavenly cake is just the ticket!

  10. Mmmhhh, that cake is so scrumptious looking! A heavenly combo.



  11. I love anything chocolate and banana! What an amazing-looking cake!

  12. Mmm I love that sticky, gooey, crunchy top on your banana bread! :D

  13. OH MY GOSH, this looks amazing!!

    Thank you for commenting on my blog and voting for me; I'm going to be reading through your delicious archives when I get a chance.

  14. It is great to find new recipes for bananas...and this one is a keeper.

  15. I'm sure the time will fly! Especially if you have delicious things like this to make and take up your time. :)

  16. This is a great recipe. Probably my favorite banana bread!

  17. Katie - Yup, there's a lot going on with texture as well as taste :)

    Art and Appetite - Hey! Missed you :)

    Ardna - Hahaha thanks for the vote of confidence :D

    Chef Bee - Try oats instead of the nuts! It'll give you a nice texture.

    Xiaolu - Yup, I used super ripe bananas, so it was super moist and flavorful!

    Dr.Sameena Prathap - Thanks!

    Amanda - This is like a banana cake on crack.

    Cookie baker Lynn - Aww thank you! I'm totally cheering myself up with baking up a storm :)

    Rosa - Thank you!!

    Tracy - Thanks :D

    Lorraine - It's quite wonderful. Chocolate and walnuts are meant to be together.

    Ashley - I've been discovering a lot of new food blogs through it! Loved your entry :)

    Jannett - It sure is!

    Deborah - I sure hope so. Yup, making as many distractions as possible!

    Jessica - Wow that's a huge statement. Thanks!

  18. My husband and chicld have been on a chocolate covered banana kick lately and I know they would LOVE this cake!!!

  19. A year will be over sooner than you'd think, so hang in there, sweetie! *tight hugs*

    And I'm really loving the combination you have here;-- bananas, dark chocolate, walnuts sure sounds like a winner!

  20. Yum! Banana cake (and bread) is one of my favorite things, and I love the combo of bananas and chocolate. Sorry to hear about the boy leaving. My now-husband and I spent a year and a half apart when we were engaged, and it was tough but it can definitely be done. Chin up and keep baking. :)

  21. That's MY favorite cake and I've made it a number of times. LOVE it!
    Sorry you have to be away from the boy right now. Keep busy. ;)

  22. Funny, I just checked my cake and it's from Bon Appetit magazine (2003), but the two are very similar.

  23. This looks amazing, I love banana deserts! I just baked white chocolate banana cake with my leftover bananas but I wish I would have used my ripe bananas on this recipe first


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