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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Banana Coffee Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

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My mom’s parents, my grandparents, recently celebrated fifty years of marriage. It was quite the occasion—our entire extended family (all 19 of us) spent the weekend in Chicago where we had more fun than I can eloquently explain in a simple blog post (that being said, my cousin did a pretty great job of expressing it here). We laughed, we played, and we ate…oh baby, did we eat! After hitting up two separate Irish pubs for food and drink on Friday night, everyone was more than ready to eat again come Saturday morning! In our defense, we did go on a family run to at least slightly offset the previous night’s French fries, apple pie, sangria, and s’mores martinis!

This banana coffee bundt cake was part of Saturday’s brunch spread. It was quite a feast—two different egg dishes, cinnamon rolls, fruit salsa, yogurt and granola, bloody mary’s…we don’t mess around! Unlike many coffee cakes, this one actually had coffee flavor in it, thanks to a hefty dose of espresso (I actually used finely ground coffee). It would be wrong to call this coffee cake the highlight of the weekend, when there were so many other highlights (crazily dancing in the stretch hummer comes to mind), but that doesn’t at all take away from the fact that this was one fine coffee cake!
One Year Ago: Butter Pecan Ice Cream
Two Years Ago: Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Special thanks to those of you that entered Sunday's giveaway for 2 Tickets to Six Flags. I LOVED hearing everyone's favorite ice creams and I have plans to create a few that were mentioned. As for the giveaway, I used random.org to pick a winner, which is commenter #28: Janet M. who said "My favorite is vanilla sprinkled with twizzlers!!!!" Janet, send me an email at natalie@thesweetslife.com to claim your prize!

Banana Coffee Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake
adapted from Liesl's Confection Dissection

-2 cups all purpose flour
-1 tsp baking powder
-1/4 tsp salt
-1 tbsp ground coffee (original recipe called for 1 packet Starbucks Via)
-1/2 cup sugar
-1/4 cup brown sugar
-2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
-1/4 cup vegetable oil
-1/2 cup buttermilk
-1 large egg
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, ground coffee, sugar, and brown sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk together bananas, vegetable oil, buttermilk, egg, and vanilla extract until smooth and well-combined. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
3. Mix in chocolate chips and pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool for 5-10 minutes before removing from pan and cooling completely on rack.