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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Chocolate Banana Birthday Cake

This is a very special birthday cake for a very special girl who turned 18 years old. It's not every day that you turn 18 years old, so you need to have a very special cake. Most kids that I know request chocolate as a main ingredient in cookies and cakes, but let me tell you this is a double chocolate cake, with extra chocolaty goodness. The birthday girl loved my Chocolate Macadamia Nut Banana Bread so much that she requested it for her birthday cake. Of course I was thrilled and honored to make whatever she requested, but a bread for your birthday? I wasn't sure, so I thought and I thought and I went through every recipe of every blogger that I know looking for the perfect Chocolate Banana Cake, and low and behold, I found Dragon's Kitchen Chocolate Banana Cake! It sounded absolutely delicious and perfect for the Birthday Girl. So on this special day I created an amazing cake, step by step, it came out like perfection. I was swimming in the scent of chocolate aromatherapy.......heavenly. I skipped around the kitchen so pleased with myself that she would love her cake. The Birthday Girl's  Nonna arrived with candles and delivered her cake right to her. The phone rang with a very excited young lady on the other end, exclaiming with glee that it was perfect and lots of thank yous.


One piece of advice: Allow Bundt Cake to cool completely before turning out of bundt pan.


Had a hard time deciding which side to frost.


I chose this side.


Chocolate Glaze dripping everywhere, I mean everywhere.....free tastes!!




I took this incredible picture of Nonna and myself, obviously,  I have to stick with food photos!!
Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup best-quality cocoa
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sour cream
4 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted and cooled slightly
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Glaze:
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325°. Generously grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan.

2. In a bowl, sift flour with baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa; set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs until light in color and fluffy. Gradually add the sugar. Add butter and vanilla. Beat until well blended.
4. With mixer at low speed, beat in the sifted dry ingredients in 3 additions, alternating with the sour cream. Fold bananas and melted chocolate into the cake batter; thoroughly combine.

5. Spoon cake batter into prepared Bundt pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

6. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Invert the cake onto a cooling rack and allow the cake to cool completely.

7. While the cake is cooling, prepare the chocolate glaze. Heat the cream until it just comes to a boil.

8. Pour the cream over the chocolate and stir until the chocolate is melted. Set aside until the cake is completely cooled.

9. When the cake is completely cooled, cover the top of the cake and sides with the glaze. Refrigerate the cake for at least an hour to set the glaze.   This recipe has been linked up to these wonderful blogs!
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41 comments:

Geni said...

Will you make it for my birthday too?! This looks amazing! I love that you glazed it. I think you picked the right side to glaze. It looks just right! :)

Teri@thefreshmancook said...

Your cake looks fantastic! There really are so few combinations as good as chocolate and banana1 I'll bet it is delicious!

Lisa~~ said...

I adore chocolate and bananas together, so perfect in a cake.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Crazy Cooking Challenge entry: Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

Kim Bee said...

This is really lovely. Chocolate and bananas is such a wonderful combination. Kudos!

Lisa said...

Loving the glaze with sprinkles! Festive :)

Miz Helen said...

I would just love having this wonderful cake for my Birthday, it looks awesome! Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful week!
Miz Helen
#7

Ellen Zames said...

This looks like a super delicious birthday cake!! I love the sprinkles in the genache! YUMMY!

Ellen

Kristen said...

What a nice birthday cake! Bananas make such a moist cake.

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Geni,

I would love to make a cake for your birthday! Thank you for confirming the right side of glazing, that's the joy of being an amateur baker, you can do anything you like! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! nettie

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Teri@thefreshmancook,

Thank you so much, it was so much fun to make and the birthday girl was so surprised, you are so right,it is a fantastic combination.

Nettie

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Lisa,

I love chocolate and bananas also, it seems like we always have 4 or 5 bananas just asking to be baked into some treat.

I love your Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake, not only is it aesthetically wonderful to look at, but I bet it is scrumptious. My Best friend is here from California, she brought over 5 pounds of every type of lemons from her trees, and neighbors trees. I want to try your recipe! Happy Friday!!

Nettie

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Kim Bee,

Thank you so much, love the combination also, it was a really fun cake to make, so moist and deliciously chocolate.

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Lisa,

Even though she is 18, she still loves sprinkles!

Nettie

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Miz Helen,

So happy to see you, I'll be happy to make this cake for you sweetie!

Nettie

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Ellen Zames,

Thank you so much, it is delicious and festive! Happy Friday! Nettie

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Kristen,

It is a moist delicious cake full of chocolate deliciousness!

Nettie

bakingbad said...

Thanks for linking this up my Nettie!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Not only does it sound amazing, it looks beautiful! I'm now following you and off to stalk those chocolate cake links!

Jennifer said...

It's so pretty! This is just the right cake for a celebration!

Jen #79

Krista said...

What a great combo of flavors. Not to mention beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Happy Valentines Day and have a blessed week! ~EMM

Danielle said...

Saw you over at Blissful and Domestic for the Linky Follower Blog Hop. Following you now and hope you can follow back:> Love your cute blog!

http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/

Serendipity and Spice said...

Looks delish! Would love it if you came by and linked up to my Manic Monday Linky Party!
-Melissa
http://serendipityandspice.blogspot.com

Six Sisters said...

This looks AMAZING!!! I'm going to try this for my little daughters cake! Thank you for the great idea! And Thanks for linking up to Six Sister's Stuff! Hope to see you back next Saturday!
-The Sisters

Jenn Erickson said...

Mmmm...I love the chocolate/banana combo. Your glaze looks divine, and those rainbow sprinkles are just about the happiest little things ever!

Miz Helen said...

What an awesome Birthday Cake, I would love to have that cake on my birthday! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a fabulous week.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Deana said...

Great recipe... Thanks for linking up @CountryMommaCooks…..have a wonderful week:)

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Hillary,

Thank you for hosting a lovely party!

Nettie

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear The Answer is Chocolate,

Stalk away! Hope you enjoy all you amazing chocolate cakes!

Nettie

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Jennifer,

yes, the birthday girl was very pleased!

Nettie

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Krista,

I love your blog and your church supper link up! Thank you for having me at the party!

Nettie

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Danielle,

Thank you so much! Going over to check out Blissful!


Nettie

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Melissa,

Thank you!I'll come over and link up at your party!

Nettie

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Six Sisters,

Your daughter will love this cake, chocolatey banana deliciousness! See you next Saturday!

Nettie

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Jenn,

Thank you so much! I love making cakes for kids because they love all of the decorations like I do!

Nettie

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Thank you Miz Helen,

I always love sharing my recipes at your lovely blog party!

Nettie

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Dear Deana,

Thank you for hosting such a nice party! I really enjoy your blog!

Nettie

Connie said...

Hi, I clicked on lovely blog award, curious, and OMG, Cake Heaven! I'm Connie @ http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com/. I'm your newest GF friend. Stop by and be my friend, too.

Connie said...

Oh yea I wanted to say, love the name of your blog, I'm gonna assume your last name is Moore? My maiden name is Moore, my Company Name, See Moore Designs. I have a sister Leslie, we called her Moore of Les!

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Connie, thank you so much for stopping by! I am going to check out See Moore Designs and I love Moore of Les Name, so fun, I am sure we are related! Nettie

The Slow Roasted Italian said...

Beautiful cake and I love the pic of you and your nonna! I am equally as talented with people photography. hehe

Moore or Less Cooking said...

Thank you @the slow roasted Italian! We have a lot of talent!! So great that you came by to check out what is cooking over here! So happy to see you! Nettie