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Chocolate Banana Cake

This Chocolate Banana Cake is a terrific recipe to use those always present brown speckled over ripe bananas on your counter in an easy to make, delicious dessert.

Chocolate Banana Cake close up of a single slice of cake on a blue plate

Chocolate Banana Cake

This new recipe for Chocolate Banana Cake reminds me that I think we may have to create a specialty category on Rock Recipes. One that’s just for ideas to use up over ripe bananas.

They which seem to be waiting, if not multiplying, on the kitchen counter. We’ve done dozens of banana recipes from muffins to many different banana breads.

We’ve even got a Sticky Toffee Banana Pudding. Today we put those bananas to delicious use in this moist and delicious chocolate banana cake.

Chocolate Banana Cake close up of entire finished cake

Chocolate Banana Cake

You can bake this in round pans if you like, with the simple chocolate buttercream frosting as shown. Alternatively,  bake it in a 9×13 baking pan and serve frosted or unfrosted as an easy snack cake.

Find a great, easy Chocolate Frosting Recipe here. 

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Chocolate Banana Cake close up of a single slice of cake on a blue plate
Yield: 12 -16 servings

Chocolate Banana Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This Chocolate Banana Cake is a terrific recipe to use those always present brown speckled bananas on your counter in an easy to make, delicious dessert.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup good quality cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups mashed banana mashed banana
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease two 9 inch cake pans well and dust with cocoa. (Or you can line the pans with parchment paper after greasing them.)
  3. Sift together the flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
  4. Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Mix in the banana and vegetable oil.
  7. Mix together the lemon juice and milk to sour it.
  8. Fold the dry ingredients into the banana mixture, alternately with the soured milk. Begin and end with the dry ingredients. I add the dry ingredients in 3 portions and the soured milk in 2 portions.
  9. Divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans and bake for 35-45 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  10. Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

g

Amount Per Serving Calories 361Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 53mgSodium 313mgCarbohydrates 55gFiber 3gSugar 30gProtein 5g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Gillian

Thursday 18th of February 2021

Made chocolate banana cake Absolutely scrumptious. Have made for family.

Judy Halverson

Thursday 11th of February 2021

Amazing recipe, everyone who had a taste wanted more. Texture was great - not too heavy and not too light. Wonderful flavor with not overpowering banana. I used a chocolate cream cheese frosting. Sidenote - I find your website very difficult to navigate.

Natasha

Thursday 6th of August 2020

What is a good recipe for icing I did not see

Zoe Bickerton

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

Does it matter if you don’t put the Lemon juice in Thanks

anna

Friday 26th of June 2020

what sort of flour to use?

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