Friday, October 1, 2010

Banana Chocolate Cake

Occasionally ,I will take a peek at Piggy's Cooking Journal and will virtually feast on her cakes. I saw this Banana Chocolate Cake from her cooking journal  and I told myself I must make it when I have surplus banana in the house. There is always none left for making cakes unless I hide it away from the Piggies :p  So this recipe has been in stored in  my To Do List for a few months and now finally I have the opportunity to bake it for Claire's kids.

I dig it up from my to do list and baked it for Claire's daughter who loves banana cake.  I used Irish Baileys instead of rum and german black chocolate powder .  It tasted good even though it may not look nice. My banana tilted when it was baking in the hot oven so all went in different directions LOL!  Piggy, I know you must be laughing at the cake but it tasted good :))  It didn't turn out as nice at yours , though.  I need to practice more on the art of placing the banana upright ... lol!

I was disappointed with the banana for not standing upright..they went in all directions like drunken bananas because of too much baileys I guess  :p  Please don't look at mine...check it out on Piggy's Cooking Journal for a perfect view :)  Thanks Piggy for sharing another winner !   I love her blog and this is the fourth or fifth recipe from her blog and it all turned out great.  I will perfect it the next time I bake this cake, I promised myself that  :p

Meanwhile if you are keen to make this winner cake, hop over to peep at her Banana Chocolate Cake :) you will be seduced by it too :)

let the cut bananas soak in Baileys & brown sugar

arrange them vertically upright  in two rows  

they were drunk with the Baileys , 
they went haywire half way thru baking

it looks like charcoal due to the black chocolate powder :)
but chocolatey in taste

who wouldn't want a  slice of this
beautiful banana chocolate cake for dessert... I want!

Banana Chocolate Cake Recipe(adapted from Piggy's Cooking Journal )


3 or 4 bananas (cut into length of 4cm, you will need 9 pieces of cut bananas)
60g brown sugar
1 tbs rum *
I used  2 tbsp Baileys For the cake:
100g unsalted butter
80g brown sugar
2 eggs
4 tbs cocoa powder, sifted  *
I used 1.5 tbsp of German Black Chocolate powder + 1 tbsp of melted dark chocolate
100g self-raising flour, sifted 


1) Preheat oven to 180 deg C. Grease a 18cm square baking pan, line with baking paper.

2) Mix bananas, brown sugar and rum in a bowl. Set aside.

3) In a medium bowl, whip butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Beat the eggs into the batter one at a time, follow by cocoa powder and flour. Mix until just combine.

4) Scrape the batter into the pan. Place the bananas into the batter, let them stand vertically.

5) Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. 

6) Transfer the pan to a rack and let the cake cool for at least 30 minutes. Lift the cake out of the pan by holding on to the baking paper and let it cool completely on the rack before cutting into 9 squares. 

Enjoy !

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  1. This charcoal looking cake is indeed interesting and rather unusual. Going to try it and have noted in my to do list!

  2. baileys, chocolate and banana..perfect match!

  3. It was special and it tasted good. Banana goes so well with chocolate cake..yummy..thanks, Elin.

  4. Thanks so much!! Andy and Fernie enjoyed the cake too after their heavy dinner, they still managed to wallop a piece each!!

  5. Yes! I'll definitely like to try this with dark rum because I don't have Irish Bailey at home.

  6. Elin,
    You got the black choc powder from Intrico?
    I saw that on my last trip there.

  7. Cheah ..oh you must try this...delish!

    Lena...yup it is a perfect match ! :) are welcome and thanks for the lunch. How was the Oreo Cheesecake...your kids love them ? :)

    Claire....glad they like it..better than secret recipe? LOL! They will sue me for this :p

    Anncoo...Oh u must bake this...perfect match..make sure your banana dun get drunk on the Baileys :p

    Wendy....I got it from Wah Seng ( Cockman Street)Intrico has them too but I prefer Wah Seng one- more chocolaty and fragrant :)

  8. I'm sure that your version tasted great with bailey and so it doesn't matter that the bananas couldn't stand upright. :-) What's the difference between black cocoa powder and normal cocoa powder? Is that why your cake turned out darker in colour?

  9. Elin, I was puzzed when looking at the title and photo hahaha.... What is the different between black cocoa powder and normal cocoa powder?

  10. both my girl and hubby love yr oreo cheese cupcake. I love it too..very special. Thx..

  11. Piggy & Jess

    I went for baking classes last year and my guru used black chocolate powder for the chocolate cake and the cake turned out black and very chocolatey in taste. She told us to use this kind of chocolate powder if we want a richer chocolate taste. The difference between this and the normal cocoa powder is that the cocoa solid content in them. The black ones has more than 90% cocoa solids and has no milk in them. You can only use a small amount or it will be overly black and bitter :) The black one has a strong deep chocolate flavor. Chocolate lovers will love this black chocolate powder in their chocolate cake. Contains lots of flavonoids that is anti-oxidant and good for the heart :)

    I paid RM19 for 250gm which I think is cheap and can last a long time. It has a beautiful rich chocolate fragrant. And yes, the chocolate cake will come out almost black :)

    Wenn....You are welcome and I am glad that your gal and hubby love the oreo cheesecake :) The recipe is from Martha Stewart Cupcakes...lots of cupcakes in the book. Will make some for you and family when we meet up next :)

  12. I love that cake!!! it looks so chocolaty!! the bananas were such a nice touch, especially how you prepared them....yummmmm

  13. Elin, this is the first time I came across this black chocolate powder. Thank you for sharing the recipe and have a great weekend.
    Cheers, Kristy

  14. I haven't ever seen a cake like this, with the bananas place into the batter. It is surprising and beautiful. I bet it tastes great!

  15. Chef Dennis...yesss...the banana is infused with Baileys and tasted wonderful...perfect match in heaven :)

    Kristy...this black chocolate powder is from Germany...wonderful fragrance :)

    Kristen....:) this is a wonderful banana chocolate cake :)

  16. I love the dark color! It is wicked.