The Best Banana Cake Recipe

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Pin ItIlike lớn bake with bananas as they make things so flavorful và moist. A goodexample is this Banana Cake, which has the delicate sweetness of mashed bananaswith a texture that is wonderfully soft and moist. While quite tasty on its own,I love lớn cover it with a creamy smooth Chocolate Fudge Frosting. Perfect as aweekday dessert.
This Banana Cake is a delicious recipe I adapted from The Joy of Cooking. Instead of the more common 'creaming' method where the butter và sugar are creamed together and then you beat in the eggs, flour, & liquid, this recipe uses what we hotline the 'one bowl' or 'quick method'.This method entails first blending all the wet ingredients (bananas, sour cream, vanilla extract, and eggs) together. Then, in your electric mixer, all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, leavening, salt, và ground cinnamon) are mixed together. Next, the butter, along with part of the wet ingredients, are beaten into the dry ingredients.This batter needs lớn be beaten for about 90 seconds (to develop the cake's structure) & then the remaining banana mixture is added. While this method may be a little unusual, it reduces gluten formation which results in a cake that literally melts-in-your-mouth with a velvety texture that is moist and dense.Just make sure to lớn have all the ingredients at room temperature và to follow the instructions on mixing.

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I baked this cake in a 9 inch (23 cm) round cake pan, but you could bake it in a bundt pan with excellent results. This cake can be stored for several days at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Since bananas go so well with chocolate, I chose khổng lồ cover this cake with a chocolate fudge frosting. This recipe is one I adapted from the cookbook Chocolate Bar by Matt Lewis và Alison Nelson, who run a chocolate boutique in new york that they gọi a "candy store for grown-ups". It is the type of chocolate frosting my mother always used to cover cakes. Made with butter, confectioners (icing or powdered) sugar, vanilla extract & unsweetened chocolate, it is perfect for covering cakes and cupcakes. It uses unsweetened chocolate which is also known as baking, plain or bitter chocolate. This is chocolate in its rawest form. Chocolate liquor that has been refined and contains 50-55% cocoa butter.Since no sugar has been added to lớn the chocolate it has a strong, bitter taste that is used in cooking and baking but is never eaten out of hand. When used in this frosting it imparts a deep chocolate flavor.
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Banana Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180degrees C) & place rack in the center of the oven. Butter and flour, or spray with a nonstick vegetable/flour spray, a 9inch (23 cm) round cake pan.

In the bowl of your foodprocessor, place the bananas, sour cream, & vanilla extract. Process justuntil blended & smooth. địa chỉ the eggs and process until combined.

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In the bowl of yourelectric mixer, with the paddle attachment, (or with an electric hand mixer)combine the sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, và ground cinnamon.Add the softened butter, along with half the banana mixture, & beat on lowspeed just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Increase the mixer tốc độ tomedium (on high if using a hand mixer) & beat the batter for 1 50% minutes.Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Showroom the remaining banana mixture intwo additions, beating well after each addition. Pour the batterinto the prepared pan, smoothing the top, và bakefor about 35to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Remove from oven and letcool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before removing the cake from the pan. When completely cooled, frost with the Chocolate Fudge Frosting.

ChocolateFudge Frosting:Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl placed over asaucepan of simmering water (or in the microwave). Remove from heat và let cool to room temperature.

In the bowl ofyour electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until smooth andcreamy (about 1 minute). Add the sugar and beat until it is light và fluffy(about 2 minutes). Beat in the vanilla extract. địa chỉ cửa hàng the melted chocolate andbeat on low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed lớn medium-high & beatuntil frosting is smooth and creamy và of spreading consistency (about 2 -3 minutes).Frost the top & sides of the cake. Can garnish with dried banana chips. Can bestored at room temperature or in the refrigerator for several days.