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Monday, January 2, 2012

Nut-Crusted Chocolate Banana Swirl Cake : ABC Jan 2012

This is  my first post in 2012 and also with Avid Baker's Challenge (ABC). ABC is currently baking from "The Weekend Baker" by Abigail Johnson Dodge, also known as Abby Dodge. I have not baked any of Abby Dodge's recipes before this, but I am liking what I have baked.





Chocolate Banana Swirl Cake is the first recipe that ABC is baking from "The Weekend Baker" cookbook, and was chosen by Abby herself! I was pretty excited about baking this cake as it sounds delicious and it is! This cake is baked in a bundt pan which was greased and sprinkled with the mixture of chopped walnuts and sugar. The bananas are creamed together with the butter and sugar first, with the addition of eggs, buttermilk (which I substitute with the mixture of yoghurt and milk) and flour. I did reduce the sugar from the original of 1-1/4 cup (about 250gm) to 170gm, which is just right for me. Half the batter is then mixed with some melted chocolate.



Spoonfuls of the two batter are placed in the bundt pan, and finish off with a clockwise and anti-clockwise swirl with a spatula. 



It smells wonderful while it was baking in the oven. Could not wait to try a slice.



I could not help myself, ate a slice while still warm. Yum!



This cake has wonderful texture. It is moist and soft, with tender crumbs, with the right balance of bananas. The mixture of walnuts and sugar adds a wonderful bite, the crispy walnuts is a nice contrast against the soft tender cake. This is simply a wonderful cake, perfect for tea.



ABC book for 2012


This recipe can be found in "The Weekend Baker" or from Fine Cooking, here. Please visit ABC bakers to read other bakers's post on this lovely cake.

42 comments:

  1. Welcome to ABC and what a beautiful first ABC cake! Glad to know that the cake still turned out OK after you reduced the sugar. I found it a tad too sweet for my taste too. And I like your substitution of milk+yogurt for the buttermilk. I sometimes substitute sour cream for buttermilk. Nowadays I buy powdered buttermilk which keeps forever (just add water).

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  2. Your cake is beautiful! Mine turned out much more dense. It was very sweet I think I will use your sugar tip the next time I make it. Welcome and wonderful job!

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  3. It looks wonderful...and yes the worst part...waiting for it to cool enough so you can eat it! :P

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  4. This looks lovely....Happy New Year!

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  5. Hi Joyce, may I know where can I get the bundt pan? I dun seems to be able to get it . I am staying around Bukit Jalil area ;)

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  6. Happy New Year!
    I hope 2012 will be full of health, love and happy moments!

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  7. wow...thats one perfectly made cake...love all the flavors going in :-) wishing u n ur family a very happy new year !

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  8. ooo THE bundt pan! I tried mine today..heehee..can we swap a few slices of your cake and mine? woohoo

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  9. shld i bring over my cup & saucers for tea time with your cake? :)

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  10. Welcome to the ABC :) Your cake turned out beautifully! Looks so yummy.

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  11. Queda con un corte estupendo.
    Un saludito

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  12. Happy new year wishes to u and ur family..Wat a marvellous cake.

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  13. Happy 2012 to you, Joyce and your family!

    This banana cake looks super-yummy! You are always very good for researching for great cake recipes.

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  14. Your cake is beautiful to look at. I like the combo of flavors. This is one I would like to make.

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  15. Looks and sounds really good! Looking forward to more of your baking with the ABC group! :)

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  16. Nice one, I love the nuts showing up there! Thanks for trying out to reduce the sugar, will try that.

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  17. One can never get enough of chocolate! The cake looks wonderful.

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  18. Chocolate plus bananas in a moist and yummy cake! I am sold! I love this recipe

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  19. Your kitchen must have smelled divine.

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  20. I can only imagine how wonderful that smelled...it looks outstanding!

    I hope you have a safe, healthy and prosperous new year!

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  21. i need a slice of this for my supper now..though i'm not a supper person but you just made me hungry for this now!

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  22. Wow, this banana, chocolate and nuts cake looks delicious, love the swirl.
    Happy New Year!

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  23. Like the combination of ingredients. Wish you a good 2012 year.

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  24. This looks and sounds delicious. You can't go wrong with the chocolte and banana combination and I know I'd love to have a piece of this.Ihope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  25. Muy rica mezcla el bizcocho luce muy hermoso,abrazos y un excelente año nuevo lleno de felicidad y bendiciones,hugs,hugs.

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  26. This looks yummy especially the top looks crispy

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  27. Wav... wonderful delicious cake, wishing you and your family a wonderful new year 2012.

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  28. Oh look at that swirl! Nicely done!

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  29. That's a beautiful and healthy cake...love it! A great way to start the year. Wishing you and your family a happy and prosperous new year.

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  30. Hello fellow ABC member! Your cake turned out great and I love the marbling that you made. I will definitely follow your advice and lessen the sugar next time. I think the sugar crust adds more to the sweetness of the cake.

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  31. Happy New Year!!
    What a mouthwatering cake. I happen to have some overripe bananas sitting on the counter top, but I will be good. First a few pounds need to let go off me.I will save the recipe for another day.
    Greetings
    Kirsten

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  32. What a fantastic creation; I can just imagine the flavour; would love to try it. Wishing you all the best from Canada in 2012.
    Rita

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  33. Hi, happy new year!!!
    I love cakes with chocolate and banana, are left with a wonderful flavor.
    kisses, good week:)

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  34. Oh that looks so delicious indeed, I must get myself a bundt cake pan soon!

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  35. This looks delicious!

    Happy New Year!
    Z.

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  36. Wow, what a beautiful cake, love the swirl.

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  37. Hi Joy, I came home starving from work today so my mouth is just watering away as I look at this delectable cake!! I'm like you in that I can never wait till the cake has come to room temp. There's nothing better than a warm slice right from the oven! Sending you hugs!

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  38. Hello fellow ABC baker! Your cake turned out lovely. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to baking out of the Weekend Baker this year!!

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  39. beautiful, love your marbling! Love all those nuts in the crust.

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