Sunday, April 14, 2013

Chocolate Banana Cake

This cake is the product of brown bananas and not wanting to make banana bread.

I like to hoard bananas at my house.  I buy a big bunch and then won't let anyone eat a single one until they're also browned and yucky so I can make them into something delicious.

Usually I stick to banana bread, but the day I made this cake I was in the mood for something else.

So then I used chocolate and banana to make a really really good cake.  And then I made a frosting too, just because.

And then... I took a bite.  Woah.

Let me tell you, this is crazy good.  The cake turned out 100x better than I hoped, and the frosting just put things over the top.  Oh, how I wish I had a piece now.

There are some bananas browning on the counter now, though.  I think I know what I'll be making!

Chocolate Banana Cake
  • 3/4 cup spelt flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 1/3 cup frozen cauliflower, thawed
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips or chopped normal chocolate chips
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt (Greek, coconut, etc) (use dairy free for vegan)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp chocolate chips, melted
For Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease an 8x8 square pan
  2. Mix together dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and flax) in a large bowl.
  3. Combine cauliflower, milk, banana, applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla in the bowl of a food processor.  Blend until completely smooth.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until a smooth batter forms.  Mix in chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake for 30 minutes.
For Frosting:
  1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor.  It's OK to use the same one as before without completely washing it.  Just rinse everything off and let it dry.
  2. Blend until mixture is smooth.  It may look too thin, but it's will firm up when it chills.
  3. Pour frosting over baked cake, and spread around evenly.  
  4. Place in fridge for at least 2 hours, until frosting hardens.  When frosting is firm, cut into 16 squares, and serve.

What's your favorite thing to make with brown bananas?

How about...

Good O'l Banana Bread?  Or maybe some Chocolate Banana Cups?  Ooooh, what about frosting?  That's always good!

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  2. cauliflower?????? can you taste it??????

    1. Definitely not! The chocolate and banana flavors cover it up, so all you taste is a delicious cake.

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  5. What a wonderful recipe. Thank you for offering up something different.