Banana Chocolate cake


I’m not a great fan of bananas as a fruit, but I like them in muffins. And as a banana bread… And in Cake. With Chocolate. Mmmm… The only problem is come baking time, I have no bananas, because everyone goes bananas for bananas.

Anyway I was able to rescue a few from the hungry mouths of my children. I hope you serve this up with some vanilla bean Ice cream, that’s how i like mine. And don’t worry, the summer is coming. That means Ice cream recipes and my Vanilla Bean Ice cream recipe will be first up, so look out.


  • 5 Lady finger Bananas – overripe, sliced then mashed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 325 g plain flour
  • 1/2 cup dutch cocoa powder
  • 1 & 1/4 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 350g dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1 & 1/2 cups buttermilk


  1. preheat your fan assisted oven to 180C. Using a brush, lightly butter a roasting pan then line iwth parchment paper.
  2. Add lemon juice to mashed bananas in a bowl and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl put the flour, cocoa powder, bicarb soda, baking powder and salt. Whisk then set aside.
  4. In the mixing bowl of your mixer (thank you Ms Candy) cream the sugar and butter until fluffy
  5. Add the eggs to the creamed sugar/butter. Then once incorporated add the Vanilla bean paste.
  6. Alternate half the flour mixture with half the buttermilk until both are incorporated
  7. Add the mashed banana/lemon juice to the mixed.
  8. Pour into the lined roasting pan and bake for 35-40 minutes until a wooden skewer inserted into the middle comes out dry
  9. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Serve with vanilla bean ice cream… drizzle with caramel sauce. ( bananas, chocolate, vanilla ice cream, caramel – sounds like an Ice Cream Sunday!)
I’m Betty, and Butter is a story of a full-time suburban SAHM ( Stay-At-Home-Mom) who practices Medicine in her spare time. My life heavily revolves around Babycakes, my husband, Bobby and Ben, my children and an acerbic tongued pug D’Artagnan.

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