This is honestly the best cake I've eaten in a while and that's saying a lot! It came about by chance as I couldn't decide what to bake but I knew I wanted to bake with bananas. I didnt want to bake another banana muffin so I thought a cake would be better. I had a discussion with one of my work colleagues who loves cake as much as I do and we 'created' this cake together by discussing what ingredients she wanted in the cake!! I said I wanted to use bananas and she wanted chocolate, walnuts, honey and maple syrup. I thought about it and decided that I could make it work so I gave it a go! The results were truly amazing. I incorporated everything she wanted in the cake and added a cream cheese frosting as well. The cake was really moist and full of banana flavour. You can taste the walnuts and the chocolate chips in there which also added a depth of texture to the cake. Unfortunately you can't really taste the honey but you can clearly taste the maple syrup cream cheese frosting.
The following week, my colleague who helped me create the cake told me what happened when she took a slice home for her house mate. She described the cake to her housemate who did not look impressed particularly as she does not like bananas. However, she decided to have a taste and after a few bites said "if I'd known it was going to be so good, I'd have taken it to bed with me!!" That's honestly how I feel about this cake as well and I'm definitely going to have to bake it again.
I'm sending it to a few blog challenges this month...
Love Cake hosted by Ness from Jibber JabberUK. This month is the anniversary of the challenge and the theme is For The Love of Cake. This is not a typical Valentine bake but it came about through our love of cake and it's definitely one of my favourite cakes ever.
No Waste Food Challenge hosted by Elizabeth from Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary. This recipe uses up old bananas and ingredients from my cupboard.
Cook Blog Share hosted by Lucy from Supergolden Bakes
Recipe of the Week hosted by Emily from A Mummy Too
An original recipe by bakingaddict
For the cake
250g plain flour
100g brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
3 or 4 ripe bananas
80mls vegetable oil
100g chocolate chips
150g walnuts ( I left them whole for extra crunch but you can chop them up but not too finely!)
For the frosting
100g light muscovado sugar
85mls maple syrup
220g cream cheese
20-25g toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
- Preheat oven to 180C.
- Grease and line 2 x 18cm round baking tins.
- Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
- In a large bowl, roughly mash the bananas with a fork.
- Add in the milk, vegetable oil, honey and milk and mix well.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix.
- Finally stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts.
- Divide the batter evenly into the cake tins and bake for approximately 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Place the remaining walnuts for the topping in the hot oven and roast for about 5-7 minutes making sure that they don't burn.
- Allow the cakes to cool completely before decorating.
- To make the frosting, beat the butter and sugar until smooth.
- Add in the cream cheese and maple syrup and continue beating until very smooth.
- Place a generous layer of frosting on top of the first layer of cake. Place the second layer on top and spread the remaining frosting on top of the cake.
- Sprinkle with the toasted, roughly chopped walnuts.