Chocolate Banana Cake + Pumpkin Pudding with Cinnamon sauce

>> Thursday, November 11, 2010

Life doesn't always turn out the way you plan (and I'm glad that is so!)

Because if that was the case, I'd be an airline stewardess now (perhaps en route to Paris right this moment?)

That was the plan at age five. You see, I met this stewardess on the plane and she was the nicest person in my young eyes.

No one had ever bent down to my height, looked me in the eyes and with sweetest smile said to me those 5 magic words...would you like some candies?

I thought she was an angel! (Obviously Mother never taught me about staying away from strangers with candies.)

Since then I've gone through many strange phases and never would I have ever imagined back then that I'd be doing what I am doing now. Never.

Anyways this amazing cake.... You are not meant to be seeing this chocolate banana cake on the screen right now. But it just happened.

This was meant to be a simple banana loaf...something that's very close to my heart. And something I had planned to bake to celebrate my new life in the new kitchen. The very first baked item chez moi in Melbourne.

But half way through the recipe 2 things happened:

#1 I realised I do not have a loaf pan. Only a cake tin.

#2 I couldn't stop thinking about the cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips from Koko Black I had purchased the previous day.

So this cake here happened as a result.

Even though this is a recipe for a loaf, but it worked out beautifully as a cake - moist, simple, and so satisfying at 11pm on a weeknight. I was worried about the chocolate over-powering the bananas but the flavours turned out quite balanced (even though the chocolate is still on a stronger side.)

Chocolate Banana Cake
Inspired by How to be a Domestic Goddess
Makes 8-10 slice
  • 150g plain flour
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 50g unsalted butter, melted
  • 50ml grapeseed oil (or similar neutral cooking oil)
  • 1/4 cup yoghurt (I used greek yoghurt)
  • 150g sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 small, very ripe bananas (about 300g weighed without skin), mashed
  • 100g dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 170ÂșC/gas mark 3 and get started on the rest.

2. Put the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarb and salt in a medium-sized bowl and, using your hands or a wooden spoon, combine well.

3. In a large bowl, mix the melted butter, grapeseed oil, yoghurt and sugar and beat until blended. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the mashed bananas.

4. Then, with your wooden spoon, stir in the chocolate chips and vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture, a third at a time, stirring well after each bit.

5. Scrape into the loaf tin and bake in the middle of the oven for 1-1 1/4 hours. When it's ready, an inserted toothpick or fine skewer should come out cleanish.

6. Leave in the tin on a rack to cool, and eat thickly or thinly sliced, as you prefer.

I should have been patient and bake this for another 15 can see the bottom is still a bit on the gooey side.

Oh, and remember the pumpkin pudding recipe I promised a few posts back?

Sorry for the delay...but better late than never right? I hope you make this and enjoy it as much as I did. Puddings are great...I reckon the saying should be 'a pudding a day'. Not 'an apple a day'.

Pumpkin pudding with Cinnamon Sauce
  • 300g Pumpkin
  • 40g Sugar
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 5g Gelatine powder
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 2-3 tbsp brown sugar
  • ~1 cup water
1. Soak the gelatine powder in 25mL of water until softened.

2. Remove the skin from the pumpkin and chop into bite-size.

3. In a pot over the stove, add water, milk, sugar and pumpkins. Cook until the pumpkins are soft.

4. Use a processor or blender, blend the pumpkin mixture until smooth.

5. Once the blended mixture is slightly cooled down, add the gelatine from step 1 above and combine until it is dissolved into the mixture.

6. Ladle the mixture into ramekins or pudding moulds and keep in fridge for at least 30 minutes until the pudding sets.

7. For the sauce, put the water, sugar and cinnamon stick in a small pot and bring to boil. Let it boil for a few minutes until the cinnamon flavour is infused into the liquid.

So tell me, what did you plan on becoming? I'm curious about how many people actually become what they had dreamed of.


GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart November 12, 2010 at 4:22 AM  

Delightful reading your post and seeing your new creation. Our favorite banana bread has chunk chocolate in it. The flavors work so well together. I like to shape of yours too :)

OohLookBel November 12, 2010 at 10:13 AM  

Thanks for posting the pumpkin pudding recipe (finally!). It's been preying on my subconscious for the past couple of days... And the choc banana cake looks so delicious, too.

Heidi Leon Monges November 12, 2010 at 4:04 PM  

oh God, when I was five I wanted to be an anthropologist or archaeologist!!...which, never happened.

I (very happily) ended being a Chef whom after a while switched to culinary consultancy.

I love chocolate and banana cakes (and loafs). I´m tagging this recipe for later inspiration

Nilcha November 12, 2010 at 8:11 PM  

one yummy blog! love it!

sugarpuffi November 12, 2010 at 10:59 PM  

nice job on implementing! and i see that ur even using a springform tin too!

been MIA in the blog scene for a while...i'm still here! stalking quietly, just dont really have time to comment :p

Joanne November 13, 2010 at 12:02 AM  

Congratulations on your new life! And what a way to ring it in. This chocolate banana cake is positively fantastic in every way!

I really wanted to be an actress when I grew up. And now I want to be a chef. But probably I'm going to end up being a research scientist. Oy.

Viv November 13, 2010 at 12:16 AM  

LDH: Wow chunky choc...that's an idea :D Yea, I love the flavour combo as well :)

OhhLookBel: Oh, then I'm glad I posted up in time :) Thanks for patience :P

Heidi: Wow, that's a huge ambition for a 5 y.o! I prob didn't even kno what an antropologist is when i was 5! lol. It's great that you're enjoying what you're doing now :)

Nilcha: thank you :)

sugarpuffi: yay you're still around :D must be busy these days!

Joanne: thanks girl! No doubt you'll be a great research scientist soon...I can tell from your blogs lol. and goes without saying that you are already a great 'chef'!

grub November 13, 2010 at 9:44 PM  

your cake looks yummy!! i love chocolate and banana combo, but my mum keeps telling me not to combine the two xD but still do anyway ;D

hehe pumpkin pudding, you should've blogged it for halloween! i thought you baked it, but the "jelly" way sounds great too!

Von November 13, 2010 at 10:26 PM  

Your cake batter looks so different to the cake batters I usually make.....haha. But this cake looks really really yummy! I love how it cracked at the looks so good I just want to cut a slice and gobble it down! =) When i was young, i wanted to be a lawyer....after watching legally blonde haha =) Definitely glad I decided against studying law =D

Viv November 13, 2010 at 11:03 PM  

Medifast: Thanks :)

grub: really? is it bad to combine banana and chocolate? haha yeah true, it shouldn't be called pudding then since usually puddings are cooked/baked!

Von: Really? haha maybe my batter's more runny? Hahaha - it seems so easy for Elle to get into Harvard aye? And even easier to win a court case (just coz she knew something about hair perming ;)

Deborah November 16, 2010 at 7:52 AM  

I used to want to be a stewardess, too! I love bananas and chocolate so this cake looks absolutely perfect.

VeganWytch November 22, 2010 at 9:31 AM  

I'm making this as I post! Smells and tastes amazing as it is. Can't wait until it's done!

Viv November 23, 2010 at 3:10 PM  

Deborah: thank you! :)

VeganWytch: great to hear that!!! let me know how it turns out! :D hope you enjoyed it as much as i did!

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