Chocolate & banana cake

Chocolate & banana cake

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(95 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins

Easy

Makes 1 large loaf cake
Just one look at this chocolate and banana treat is enough to know it won't stay in the cake tin for long

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze un-iced only

Nutrition: per slice

  • kcal502
  • fat27g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs63g
  • sugars43g
  • fibre2g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.51g
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Ingredients

  • 100ml sunflower oil, plus extra to grease
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

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  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • half tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 100g chocolate chips or chunks
  • 175g very ripe bananas
    Banana

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  • 3 medium eggs, 2 separated
    Eggs

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  • 50ml milk

    Milk

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For the topping

  • 100g milk chocolate
  • 100ml soured cream
  • handful dried banana chips, roughly chopped
    Banana

    Banana

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    Probably the best known, most popular tropical fruit, their name probably derives from the…

Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment (allow it to come 2cm above top of tin). Mix the sugar, flour, bicarb, cocoa and chocolate in a large bowl.

  2. Mash the bananas in a bowl and stir in the whole egg plus 2 yolks, followed by the oil and milk. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Quickly stir the wet banana mixture into the dry ingredients, stir in a quarter of the egg whites to loosen the mixture, then gently fold in the rest. Gently scrape into the tin and bake for 1 hr 10-15 mins, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

  3. Cool in the tin on a wire rack. To make the icing, melt the chocolate and soured cream together in a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Chill in the fridge until spreadable. Remove cake from tin, roughly swirl icing over and scatter with the banana chips.

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Westleighhouse
7th Oct, 2014
5.05
Omg, just made this cake today, absolutely gorgeous. Drizzled the whole thing with melted chocolate and covered with mini chocolate balls. Will most definitely be making again.
Dippy Egg
25th Sep, 2014
I was really disappointed with this. (Admittedly I changed a few things - left out the choc chips, swapped white flour for wholemeal and just used Nutella as the topping). I normally make banana bread (which I adore!), plus I love both bananas and chocolate, but I just don't think this worked. The chocolate makes it less banana-y and vice verse, meaning you don't really get to enjoy either flavour as they kind of mask each other :( .... Next time I'll stick with regular banana bread and try a chocolate topping or just add the choc chips, but I won't be mixing cocoa in. Sorry to all those who seem to love this recipe!
Kevstar3824
31st Aug, 2016
Hmmmm,Dippy? Well what do expect if you don't follow the recipe or use the correct ingredients? Great recipe enjoyed by everyone. There's no such thing as too much chocolate!!
nick158
27th Mar, 2016
I bought a car and took the wheels off. It doesn't drive as well as all the reviews said. Am very disappointed.
judithsimpson
7th Apr, 2015
It doesn't seem fair to complain about a recipe when you haven't used the same ingredients!
NBhasin
8th Sep, 2014
5.05
Really easy to make. I did mix all the ingredients using an electric mixer so didn't get the banana pieces shown I the pic, still turned out really well. Cake was very moist with just the right sugar level.
meanie303
17th Aug, 2014
5.05
I usually find banana cake a little bit squishy and blah but this cake is delicious. You can still taste the banana but it is more interesting than traditional recipes. I made it for my kids but I ended up eating most of it! :-)
debandlola
18th May, 2014
5.05
This is delicious and a great way to use up over-ripe bananas. I thought it looked a little fiddly to make at first, but it was actually very easy, including the topping.
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Peri_Peri
10th May, 2014
5.05
Tasty, moist cake which also works well gluten free. I'd use more chocolate, maybe mix dark/ milk/ white, next time, and maybe even larger chunks to retain more of that wonderful molten chocolatey goodness in the cake. Will bake again.
ZippyNaomi
9th Apr, 2016
How did you make this gluten free please?

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