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Black Bottom Banana Cake

September 8, 2011

Black Bottom Banana Cake

Oh bananas.  I don’t like you very much.  Except if you’re in a baked good.  Then, I’m all about it.  Isn’t that always the way?  I understand the health benefits of bananas, but I can’t get over their starchiness or the way they make my mouth feel.  BUT, when baking with bananas, I don’t have that problem.

We had a huge surplus of bananas in our freezer, thanks to our summertime hot kitchen.  (Do you do that with your bananas?  When they’re about to go bad, just stick them in your freezer, and use at your convenience — do not forget to defrost for about 1 day first!)  The bananas were about to take over, and I needed to do something with them, so I selected this recipe from Taste of Home.  Technically, Taste of Home considers this a recipe for banana bars, but I found it to have a cakey consistency — it was probably flatter than your typical cake, but it turned out moist and delicious.  I doubled the recipe and made one cake for Marc’s office, and one cake for mine, and pretty much eliminated the bananas that we had stockpiled.

Black Bottom Banana Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 c. baker’s cocoa
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  Stir in bananas.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  4. Divide batter in half.  Add cocoa to half.  Spread into a greased 13″x9″ baking pan.  Pour remaining batter on the top and swirl with a knife (optional).
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean.  Cool completely and frost with your favorite frosting (I used store bought).
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2011 6:53 pm

    I thought this was going to be SO much more complicated. Now that I know it isn’t, woo! Banana time!

  2. September 11, 2011 1:54 pm

    oh NOES! Where’s the cocoa in the recipe?

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