Banana Chocolate Cake

Happy new year to all my readers!

Did you have a good time celebrating the new year? As for me, I still find it hard to believe that 10 years have passed since we ushered in the new millennium. I still remember that on 31st December of 1999, my friends and I were out partying the whole night. And when I finally reached home in the wee hours of the morning, I was completely exhausted but instead of going straight to bed, I stayed up the whole day watching how the rest of the world celebrated the new millennium on TV. The memory is so vivid that it almost feels like time has never passed!

Well, reminiscing the good old days is a sign of aging, I know. So I shall end the post here with a recipe of banana chocolate cake. :-)

Banana Chocolate Cake Recipe
Recipe adapted from スクエア型ひとつでざっくり作るケーキ

3 or 4 bananas (cut into length of 4cm, you will need 9 pieces of cut bananas)
60g brown sugar
1 tbs rum

For the cake:
100g unsalted butter
80g brown sugar
2 eggs
4 tbs cocoa powder, sifted
100g self-raising flour, sifted

1) Preheat oven to 180 deg C. Grease a 18cm square baking pan, line with baking paper.
2) Mix bananas, brown sugar and rum in a bowl. Set aside.
3) In a medium bowl, whip butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Beat the eggs into the batter one at a time, follow by cocoa powder and flour. Mix until just combine.
4) Scrape the batter into the pan. Place the bananas into the batter, let them stand vertically.
5) Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.
6) Transfer the pan to a rack and let the cake cool for at least 30 minutes. Lift the cake out of the pan by holding on to the baking paper and let it cool completely on the rack before cutting into 9 squares.

**Note: In the original recipe, square pan is used to bake the cake. But I used a rectangular pan instead.


Su-yin said…
This looks great! I love how the banana slices are used to decorate the cake.

Happy new year, may it be a good 2010. :)
Snooky doodle said…
wow these look nice and yummy. I like the sliced bananas on top :) Happy new year
Y said…
Happy New Year to you! :)
Amanda said…
Wow that looks fabulous, and that cake plate is gorgeous!
Wen said…
Happy New Year! Always admire your bakes and pictures!

Thanks for the recipe. Definitely trying this out!
mycookinghut said…
Looks good.. I love banana with chocolate.. so yummy!
Allie said…
Banana and chocolate always make my day! This looks so yummy!
Food For Tots said…
Beautiful the combination. Wishing you and your family a healthy and joyful 2010!
Elin said…
Hi Piggy,
Happy New Year and I love this banana chocolate cake. Will want to try this out. Thanks :)
Y said…
I reminisce too much too, I've just realised. Does that mean... argh.

Love the way you presented this banana chocolate cake :)
Big Boys Oven said…
Just awesome to have accidently drop by, awesome, have a great 2010! :)
Stardust said…
Happy new year, Piggy. Astonish us with your new produce this year.

Well, you're doing far better. I've aged so much I can't remember what I did that night 10 years ago. Bleah.
Happy Belly said…
Thanks again for this recipe esp when u have graciously translated for us.

It took me a while to realise that the bananas are not sliced but it's a whole column of banana per slice. It's unique! Trust the japanese to come up with such beautiful cakes
; ))
Wish I can translate my Japanese pastry book into English too....

Am going to try this recipe tmr...
Happy Belly said…
Hi Grace
Tried this cake today n it is so easy to make! It looks n tastes great too ; p
carol said…

would like to replace the self raising flour to plain flour.

how many tsp of salt and baking powder... i need to add?