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Chocolate Banana Cake

April 8, 2015

Moist and rich, this cake is the chocolate version of my favorite recipe for banana bread.

Ultimate Chocolate Banana Cake | prettysimplesweet.com

This cake is the result of two people, each asking me to make their favorite dessert – one banana bread, the other a chocolate cake – but only having enough time to make one. Combining these two flavors into one cake was a no-brainer. Of course, I could just choose to make one of the cakes, but you know me…

Ultimate Chocolate Banana Cake | prettysimplesweet.com

My recipe for banana bread is one of the most beloved teacakes among my fruit-lover friends. There are lots of bananas in there, more than what most traditional recipes call for, but it’s not at all dense and is actually super fluffy. However, it’s not that banana bread I want to talk about, but rather its chocolate version sibling.

A few small changes to my banana bread recipe resulted in a super moist and light texture, which is why it eventually got the title of a cake rather than a bread. The addition of cocoa powder and chocolate turns this classic dessert into a chocoholic’s (aka, my) dream.

Ultimate Chocolate Banana Cake | prettysimplesweet.com

Make sure to use very ripe bananas. The riper they are, the sweeter and better they are for baked goods. I measure the mashed banana by cups instead of number of bananas to get consistent results. If you like, you can replace part of the granulated sugar with either light or dark brown sugar. You can also stir in some chopped walnuts or pecans. The best part about this cake, though, is that it’s so moist you can enjoy it for days!

Ultimate Chocolate Banana Cake | prettysimplesweet.com

4.5 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Banana Cake
Yields: 1 loaf cake
 
Moist and rich, this cake is the chocolate version of my favorite recipe for banana bread.
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cups (170g/6 oz.) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (25g/1 oz.) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
  • ½ cup (1 stick/115g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (200g/7 oz.) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1¼ cups mashed very ripe bananas (3-4 bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup (80g/2.8 oz.) sour cream
  • ½ cup (85g/3 oz.) chocolate chips or chunks
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Butter a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and sugar on medium speed for 2-3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as necessary. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add mashed bananas and vanilla extract, and beat until combined.
  4. Reduce mixer to low speed and add half of the dry ingredients, beating just until combined. Add sour cream and beat until combined. Add the other half of the dry ingredients and beat just until combined. Do not overmix – the less you mix, the lighter the cake will be. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, then turn it out from the pan and let it cool completely.
Notes
Store cake at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Alternately, freeze cake for up to 2 months. Thaw on the counter, still covered, or overnight in the fridge.

 

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Renee
    April 8, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Banana cake or bread, is a stable in my house full of kiddos!!!! I love this alternative to a classic. Definitely will give it a try!

    • Reply
      Shiran
      April 8, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      You should, Renee! Everyone loved it even more than I expected! It’s so good 🙂

  • Reply
    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    April 8, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Love a good banana bread but I surprisingly never have made a chocolate version before. You definitely have inspired me to Shiran – this looks VERY delicious.

    • Reply
      Shiran
      April 9, 2015 at 7:13 am

      It was my first time, too! And it turned out so good!

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    Veronica@downcakerylane
    April 9, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I have to try this asap! I love banana bread- but mixed with chocolate cake sounds wonderful! Beautiful photos!

    • Reply
      Shiran
      April 9, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      Thank you so much Veronica!

  • Reply
    Laila N
    April 10, 2015 at 8:24 am

    HEY SHIRAN!

    Guess what? I have now made up to 11 recipes from your blog (not including separate sauce/frosting ones). Oh my God. They have all been amazing.
    The last two – the Baked brownie, and the Cinnamon streusel coffee cake – MAN. THEY WERE GOOD. I FEEL SO FAT NOW.

    Thanks especially for the latter. My mother wants to put a baking ban on me, because she thinks I overdo it… (I have a sweet tooth, but I also think that baking is a great way to sublimate my rage). Anyhow, every time I make one of your recipes, she sort of reluctantly re-evaluates the ban. Cinnamon streusel totally won her over 😛

    So thanks again 🙂 I would say that I’m making note of this recipe in particular – i.e. Chocolate Banana Cake – but let’s be honest here, I have made a note of all of your recipes. #LifeGoals 😉

    • Reply
      Shiran
      April 14, 2015 at 7:51 am

      What a super sweet comment Laila, thank you so much! I have a sweet tooth, too (as you can probably tell), and when I started baking a few years ago, it soon became an obsession, so, I know exactly how you feel 😉 I’m so glad you and your mom love my recipes 🙂 Thank you again for the sweet words!

  • Reply
    Anne
    April 11, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Omg you’re such a genius! Lovely cake!!!

    • Reply
      Shiran
      April 14, 2015 at 7:27 am

      Thank you so much Anne! 🙂

  • Reply
    Allie BakingAMoment
    April 14, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    This cake is insanely gorgeous, Shiran! I can tell just by your pics how light and moist it is. I have got to try this recipe! 😀

    • Reply
      Shiran
      April 16, 2015 at 6:26 am

      Thank you so much Allie! 🙂

  • Reply
    וויני
    April 24, 2015 at 4:32 am

    איזו עוגה יפה!!
    אני בתקופה של לנסות מתכונים עם בננות, ודווקא יש לי עוד 2 במקפיא
    שוקולד ובננה פשוט נשמע מצויין ביחד 🙂
    ואני אוהבת את כמו ציפוי שרואים על העוגה

    • Reply
      Shiran
      April 26, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Thanks Winnie! I’m sure you’ll love it! 🙂

  • Reply
    Cathy
    July 24, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Hi shiran! Can I substitute greek yogurt in place for sour cream? Will the results be just the same? Thank you!

    • Reply
      Shiran
      July 25, 2015 at 8:07 am

      Hi Cathy! Yes, you can make this substitution and it would taste great. The results aren’t the same when substituting ingredients, since the flavor and fat percentage are different, but there’s not a large amount of sour cream in this cake.

  • Reply
    Julie
    December 9, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Hi Shiran! Your recipe is cooling on my counter as I type this. My home smells delish. Did you use a dark cocoa powder? I used a natural unsweetened and my bread is lighter than yours, at least the photos. Thanks.

    • Reply
      Shiran
      December 11, 2015 at 6:50 am

      Hi Julie! I used natural unsweetened cocoa powder, and the cake was pretty dark like the photos. How did it turn out?

  • Reply
    Pam
    March 12, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Instead of buttering pan can you just use a spray

    • Reply
      Shiran
      March 13, 2016 at 9:47 am

      Yes, you can 🙂

  • Reply
    Akshu
    December 19, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Woww shiran.. The cake was amazing.. This was the first time i baked a cake and it was delicious!! Thank you for the wonderful recipe.. I also added some chocolate chunks it was very rich.. Keep inspiring 🙂

    • Reply
      Shiran
      December 19, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      That’s wonderful! Thank you so much 🙂

  • Reply
    Nicole
    July 25, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Could you ice this or would it not work

    • Reply
      Shiran
      July 27, 2017 at 8:09 am

      The cake is really good as is, but you can top it with icing if you like.

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