This delectable banana cake is heavy on the chocolate and cocoa – offering a tasty, moist and aromatic dessert that satisfies that sweet tooth. I would recommend well-ripened bananas for an even richer aroma. Prep is quick and simple – highly recommended!
Simple Mega Chocolate Banana Cake
For the mixture:
- 200g cake flour
- 40g sugar-free cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 very ripe, fairly large bananas (weight with skin about 570g)
- 120ml oil
- 2 eggs
- 160g light brown cane sugar (or white granulated sugar if you don’t have brown)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 100g of chopped dark chocolate
For the topping:
- 100g dark chocolate
- 100g double cream or extra thick double cream
- chocolate chips or sprinkles, for decoration
- Prepare both mixtures
Sift the flour and the cocoa powder into a bowl. Add the baking powder, the bicarbonate of soda and the cinnamon, then mix with a spoon.
Place the bananas into a second bowl and crush them with a fork to create a paste. Add the oil, the eggs, the sugar and the vanilla extract, then mix until all ingredients are combined.
Combine the dry and wet mixtures, then stir a couple of times with a spoon. Add the chopped chocolate and mix well with a spatula or spoon until combined. Do not overmix!
Spread the mixture out evenly in a 25x12cm cake tin lined with baking paper. Place the cake tin onto the lowest rack of a preheated oven and bake at 170°C (gas mark 3) for about 60 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely.
- Prepare the topping
Take the cooled cake out of the pan, then remove the baking paper.
Pour the double cream into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Break the chocolate into small chunks and place in a bowl. Pour the hot double cream onto the chocolate and stir until the chocolate melts, creating a smooth mixture without lumps. If the topping is too thin, put it aside to cool down for 10 – 20 minutes. The darker the chocolate, the less likely this is to happen.
Decorate the top of the cake with the ready-made topping and sprinkle with chocolate chips.