Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Banana Cake & Chocolate frosting


It seem like a common problem in every single household to, somehow, have over ripe banana hanging in the kitchen once in a while. Then, instead of in a rush to eat them all in once or throw them away, as everybody else, i begin to search for some recipes. Yes, as an excuse to bake ;-) Any recipe that sound yummy and healthy to me. I usually choose recipes from their ingredients (and their pictures of course!! :D Nice pictures give me courage to TRY to do as nice!). This recipe i found have a very yummy pictures that immediately drive me to the kitchen and make it. Ingredients are simple and usually in the cabinet ready to be used. Lots of banana in the recipe, love it! I, by the way, substitute some ingredients to suit my family and it still turns out really nice and yummy. Happy! 

The texture of the cake is soft and moist (just moist, not dense not wet!). Taste of banana is just right, not more - not less. The frosting!!! This frosting is yummy! It gets along so well with the cake. They belong together!! I bake them in mini square pan to make it easy for single serve which is fun for kids as they can decorate their own "piece of cake" ^_^ Yes, enough talking. Let's bake now!



I find banana look prettier when over ripe, don't you?


Special equipment: 12 mini square pan
you can also bake in any sizes of cake pan you have. But in that case you will have to observe by yourself the baking time. Usual baking time would be 25-30 minutes for normal size pan, if that help -_-"

Preparing time: 10 minutes for cake + 5 minutes for frosting
Baking time: 15 minutes
Total time :  30 - 45 minutes
Source: Edible moments

For the cake

Ingredients
  • 3 (over ripe) bananas
  • 3/4 cup (not packed) light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup canola oil

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or a total of 1 and 1/2 cup all purpose flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 3/4 cup chocolate chip or coarsely chopped nut: walnut, pecan (optional!)

whisk together all dry ingredients

mash up banana .. with the whisk!

Whisk in sugar + egg + oil

Add dry to wet ingredients

Whisk until well combined

spray or grease your cake pan

scoop in the batter and bake .. 15 minutes!

Done!

Cool completely on wire rack before frosting

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray or well grease cake pan. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together (both) flours + baking powder +baking soda +salt. Set aside.
In another medium bowl, with a hand whisk, mash up bananas. Then whisk in (both) sugar + egg + oil until well combined.

Add flour mixture into banana mixture. Whisk until well combined. Fold in chocolate chip or chopped nut if using.

Scoop or pour the batter into prepared cake pan. Bake until nice golden brown and toothpick insert in the middle of the cake come up clean .. about 15 minutes (for my 12 mini square pan)

Frosting
I only make half of the recipe and it is more than enough for us. Well, we are on (not so) diet :}

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter or margarine (i use margarine ^_^)
  • 2/3 cup cacao powder (i use "camino" brand and it is dutch-process, but any cacao will do!)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Melt margarine in microwave

whisk in cacao powder

whisk in powdered sugar

alternately whisking milk (any temperature will do)

whisk whisk and whisk until smooth

i pour mine into piping bag (sitting inside a tall glass)

Directions

In a medium heat proof bowl, put in margarine. Heat in microwave for about 30 seconds. Whisk in cacao powder. Whisk in powdered sugar and milk in two batches, alternately. Whisk in vanilla extract. Make about 2 yummy cups ^_^

Note:
I store the rest of my cake in an airtight container, in the fridge. The recipe said it's even better the next day and it is true! ^_^  For the frosting, I just leave it on counter top, at room temperature.

Next time i will try 1/2 cup all purpose flour ad 1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour. I will let you know how it turn out :-)

Triple of that for me :D

this? my daughter version :D

has a little peek inside ;-) like it?


 Feel like making them now? ;-) Have fun and enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. looks yummy ilove the square shape!!!!
    I might try it on my own to see
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