crazy chocolate coconut banana cake

3 Jun

This shit is bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s.

Well, now that I got that clicheed pop culture reference out of the way, let me tell you about this gem of a cake. The emphasis is on the word cake, because this ain’t your regular dry, with only a hint of banana, let’s-eat-it-with-butter banana loaf. Every single slice, bite and morsel of this cake is jam-packed with honest-to-goodness banana, chewy coconut and semi-sweet chocolate pieces. This is one of those times where the bananas truly shine through, and don’t take a backseat to whatever flour and egg mixture you add them to. This cake is heavy and moist, and fills you right up – you could basically have this and a cup of coffee in the morning, and you’d never think about those terrible heavy clumps of dough called muffins again.

Let me tell you this: bananas are not my favourite fruit. They don’t even make it on my top 10 favourite fruits, yet I got out of my way to buy bananas just to let them turn brown and splotchy on my counter. I buy bananas, knowing that I won’t ever eat them as is, just so I have an excuse to make this banana cake.

I’ve been making this recipe for a while now, and although I look towards Anna Olsen’s White Chocolate Banana Loaf recipe as a guideline, you’ll see that even the word guideline is very loosely applied here. My recipe is pretty much entirely different every time I make it, depending on my mood and what state my cupboards are in. So, take a look at my recipe, take a look into your pantry, and then just start mashing up your bananas and throwing whatever you heart desires into your mixing bowl. Just make sure there’s chocolate involved 😉

Because I use a lot of bananas, the amount of sugar you have to add in is virtually nonexistent considering the amount of dense, heavy deliciousness you’ll end up. I also used whole wheat flour instead of white flour, so you could tell yourself that this is actually “healthy” and go about your day happy and fulfilled. Enjoy!

pretty plain looking, with just a light dusting of powdered sugar

pretty plain looking, with just a light dusting of powdered sugar

but on closer inspection....

but on closer inspection....

...it's not that plain anymore!

...it's not that plain anymore!

look at the gooey chocolate chips and the delicious coconut flakes!

look at the gooey chocolate chips and the delicious coconut flakes!

(healthy) comfort food at its finest!

(healthy) comfort food at its finest!

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5-6 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup (or more) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar

How-to:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a bundt cake pan.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, all-spice and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with banana.
  4. Fold in coconut and chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon batter into pan and spread evenly.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a plate.
  8. Dust with icing sugar right before serving.
  9. Munch away without guilt =)

xo dessertchick

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3 Responses to “crazy chocolate coconut banana cake”

  1. Savo June 7, 2009 at 1:26 am #

    this was soooo good

  2. Shannon June 9, 2009 at 8:31 am #

    Wow Chi! Your site just gets better and better! Love it and you!

  3. Anonymous August 15, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    This recipe sounds amazing and I can’t wait to try it. What would you recommend as a substitute for the eggs? I’ve just recently stopped eating eggs and am looking for a good substitute for baking.

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