You know when you buy bananas, thinking you’ll eat one every day, but you don’t? And then they get too soft and get these weird black spots on the peel and then you just refuse to eat them? (I hope this doesn’t only happen to me)
Here’s what you do. You either make these awesome Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies or this even more awesome cake, which I shall reveal shortly.
It’s really the nicest way to getting some potassium into your system. Really.
My mom sent me this recipe swearing it was the best banana cake she’s ever had. And I know why. It’s soft, it’s banana-y and if that wasn’t enough, it’s got chocolate AND walnuts in it. Packed with flavour! You’ll sometimes bite into chocolate, sometimes into a walnut and always, always, that yummy fruitiness 🙂
The only trouble I had with this cake was photographing it. There’s a serious shortage of sunlight in Mumbai because the Rain Gods are feeling really happy and it’s pouring now. So shooting at night is almost like shooting in the day because you need to have the same lights on!
We first took photos at night, but I kept thinking the cake needed something to really stand out, so I woke up the next morning, made some fresh chocolate sauce with cream and dark chocolate chunks, poured it over the cake and got to work with the camera. That is called manic obsession with cake.
Thanks to this early morning escapade, I now have a jar of gooey chocolate sauce in my fridge. That’s right, I’m the luckiest girl in the world.
I cut down the recipe by 1/3rd because I only had one overripe banana at home, plus it’s just too huge a cake for regular humans to consume in a day. If you’re having guests over, go crazy and make the original amount! I’ll share those proportions here because I did do a bit of estimation while scaling it down.
This is a great breakfast cake because of the banana, which makes you feel less guilty than if it were chocolate. A cup of coffee with it wouldn’t hurt 🙂
Vanilla essence isn’t part of the original recipe, but I added a teaspoon because I felt the eggs I had were a bit too strong. The flavour of the banana should mask everything though.
What you’ll need:
1. Preheat the oven to 180 C, grease a baking dish and set aside.
2. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar till smooth and creamy.
4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each one.
5. Mix in the mashed bananas, milk and yoghurt and mix.
6. Add the flour mixture, a little at a time, and mix well.
7. Fold in the walnuts and chocolate, pour the batter into the prepared dish and bake for 55 minutes or till the top is golden-brown and a toothpick comes out clean.