Sunday, June 8, 2014

Chocolate Banana Quick Cake

It has been sometime since I last baked from "The Cake Book" by Tish Boyle, one of my favourite baking book. I have baked quite a number of cakes from this book, and all are really good, so is this Chocolate Banana Quick Cake. 

This cake is simple and easy to make. The only changes I've made is to replace the sour cream with homemade yoghurt, and to reduce the sugar to 150gm, as the bananas that I've used are really sweet, and also I've used chocolate chips instead of bittersweet chocolate. I like it that the cake bakes up really nice without any cracks with a lovely flat top.

It smells wonderful while the cake is baking in the oven. Could not wait for the cake to cool down to slice it! 

It has a very moist, soft and tender crumbs, with chunks of banana and chocolaty taste from the cocoa powder. Look at the melting chocolate chips. Makes the cake especially extra moist. 
Another keeper recipe from this wonderful book. If you love chocolate and banana, then I would encourage you to make this cake, you would be glad you did!

Chocolate Banana Quick Cake
(adapted from "The Cake Book", Tish Boyle)
Makes one 9x5-inch loaf cake, serving 8
1-1/4 cups (5.3oz/151gm) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (0.8oz/23gm) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick/4oz/113gm) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (7oz/200gm) granulated sugar (I use 150gm)
2 large eggs
1-1/3 cups (320ml) mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium bananas)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup (4.2oz/121gm) sour cream (I use homemade yoghurt)
4 ounces (113gm) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (I use chocolate chips)

  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9x5-inch loaf pan.
  2. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl. Whisk to combine, and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Gradually beat in the sugar and beat at high speed until well blended, about 2 minutes. At medium speed, beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the mashed bananas and vanilla extract and mix at low speed until blended. Add the flour mixture at low speed in three additions, alternating it with the sour cream in two additions. Remove the bowl from the mixer stand and stir in the chopped chocolate. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
  4. Bake the cake for 55 to 65 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean (except for any melted chocolate). Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
  5. Unmold the cake onto the rack, turn right side up, and cool completely.
Store at room temperature, covered in foil, for up to 5 days.


I'm linking this post to Little Thumbs Up : June 2014 - Butter, organized by Zoe of Bake For Happy KidsDoreen of My Little Favourite DIY, and hosted by Jozelyn Ng of Spice Up My Kitchen

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  1. Hi Joyce!!!
    Oh my goodness, did I pick the perfect time to come for a visit! Just look at that moist, decadent, chocolate banana cake! How I wish I could have just one teeny, tiny piece, lol...Love that you used yogurt too. Thank you so much for sharing, Joyce...

    P.S. I'm HOME and will be back to blogging Sunday US time:)

  2. So chocolatey, moist and beautiful! I like that you used homemade yoghurt instead of sour cream..Well done, Joyce.
    Happy Sunday!

  3. Look amazing ! I love how look the chocolate and so moist Joyce!

  4. oh yumm would love a slice of that

  5. Hi, Joyce! Thanks for the your support on LTU, this cake is perfect for chocolate lover like me :)
    By the way, I've made egg mousse tart, not sure whether it is qualify for the bake along event but I will link up first, if it is not qualify then you please advice me :) thanks and have a nice weekend!

  6. Hi Joyce, wow chocolaty ... chocolate + banana great combo & yummy. My kids' favourite but my boy down with sore throat :( bookmark this recipe first.

  7. Banana and chocolate is such a wonderful combination!

  8. Wow! Joyce. It's so chocolaty and moist.
    Yes. Banana and chocolate is a wonderful pair.

  9. Hi Joyce! Wow, the melted chocolate chips is making me drool hah..hah...Note to self : Must buy bananas :)

  10. Joyce, the cake looks so moist and chocolaty, yum.

  11. what beats a nice chocolatey and moist cake coupled with the aroma of banana? when Joyce bakes and we eat! wuahahahahhaa!

  12. Looks good, reminds me of a recent loaf that I baked which also has chocolate oozing out, damn good!

  13. Yes, Joyce, the picture says a thousand words! Your chocolate banana cake is indeed soft & moist!

  14. Joyce,
    Looking at the picture of this yummy cake , I am already sinking my teeth into the iPad screen .. lol
    Indeed it is moist, soft and I love the tender crumbs.
    Thanks for sharing this to LTU!

  15. Looks very good from the photos. Would certainly love to give this a try.