Chocolate & banana cake

Chocolate & banana cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

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

Additional info

  • Freeze un-iced only
Nutrition info

Nutrition per slice

kcalories
502
protein
7g
carbs
63g
fat
27g
saturates
9g
fibre
2g
sugar
43g
salt
0.51g

Ingredients

  • 100ml sunflower oil, plus extra to grease
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • half tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 100g chocolate chips or chunks
  • 175g very ripe bananas
  • 3 medium eggs, 2 separated
  • 50ml milk

For the topping

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

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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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, July 2011

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pamelafoodie's picture

A far better alternative to making chocolate brownies. Less rich and not so sweet but just as tasty. I made this recipe as a tray bake and cut it into small squares, 30 in all. Very easy to cut into portions when allowed to cool.

lesleylove's picture

Seriously delish cake. Very easy to make and I really do not like banana loaf but this was wonderful and I have been requested to make it again by my colleagues at work.

smintyminty's picture
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Really yummy recipe!! Not very strong banana flavour but to be honest that didn't matter!! It made the cake so yummy and moist and almost enhanced the chocolate flavour!! A definite favourite now going in to my top recipes list.

holmfirth's picture
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this cake is lovely a different twist to just banana cake, which I make often.

I never throw over ripe nanas away, just put them in the freezer until you need them. :))))

vickycrystal's picture
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Fabulous cake, a real hit with my kids too, I used whipping cream instead of sour cream for topping as I didn't think the kids would like the bitterness of sour cream! Didn't' use banana chips! Very easy, a must to make!

rainbow_tink's picture
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Really lovely cake, nice and moist due to the bananas and oil ( i used rapeseed oil). We've eaten it without the icing and it was yummy. The only problem I had is that my chocolate chips sunk, but I think this was because my batter was a little wet as was using eggs from my Mother in Laws chickens which tend to be a little on the large size.

gymnast_britt's picture
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this turned out really well! It was moist and fluffy and delicious. I didn't make the icing because I thought it was a bit overkill and I don't like things too sweet, I thought it tasted great without it! I also added chopped walnuts. Will definitely make again!

kkulma's picture
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Very quick, easy, moist and yummy! but I agree with previous comments that it definitely needs more bananas to taste more banany! Still, it was a delicious desert that everyone will love!

lizleicester's picture
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Couldn't track down banana chips and can't eat dairy products so will leave the sour cream topping off and substitute Pure margerine with icing sugar and cocoa powder which doesn't sound v nice but is delicious as an alternative.

northclare's picture
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Rich moist and chocolatey...I think I'll add a little more banana next time though

flirtinflight's picture
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used this recipe to make a round cake for my sister's birthday. After baking I split it in half and put chocolate frosting in the middle and on top. It was fantastic!

greatwood9's picture

I yam lover of high cocoa solids (Lindt). always yummee!

phatou's picture

This was such a great recipe!! I used a different topping (icing sugar, butter and evaporated milk)

kimskitchen's picture

Liked Purple Bottle's comment so much decided to make this cake. Made me laugh on a snowy Sunday morning. Will let you know how mine turns out. Might use a soft cheese topping.

kiwiinlux's picture
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Easy, tasty recipe. Used roughly 200g bananas andgot good flavours coming through with the choc. Thought about putting the icing on, but half the cake disappeared almost as soon as it came out of the oven, so maybe next time!

annepgillbard's picture

This recipe makes a wonderful moist chocolate cake with or without the topping - I have made it a few times now and use Ground nut oil as I always have it in my cupboard , two Bananas and split the mixture between two fluted Victoria sandwich tins and Hey Presto a very impressive looking chocolate cake! Didn't like the sour cream topping , have tried low fat cream fraiche which is better and not too sweet and served it this way as a dinner party desert and also chocolate buttercream for childs Birthday cake -both were great successes.

Rowena Wilkes's picture
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Ive made this about 4 times now and it always goes down well with everyone. I add more chocolate chunks than it says and I sometimes put fudge chunks in aswell just to make it taste a bit different

troyskitchen's picture
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My 8 year old son loves to cook and bake so we decided to make this cake following the exact recipe.
I was delicious and turned out perfect - very pleased with the results.

fi-louise's picture
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Just made this & its a total disaster!!!! The middle has not rised & it's uncooked - any ideas what went wrong??

suzyness's picture
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Yum! Easy cake to make and looked good without the topping but I piled that on as well - really nice and only need a little slice for a lovely treat. Going to try cupcakes as well!

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