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Friday, October 10, 2014

Chocolate Banana Bundt Cake

Chocolate Banana Bundt Cake | The Sweets Life
Chocolate Banana Bundt Cake 
We are buying a lot of bananas these days. All three members of our household eat bananas--me in my morning smoothie, Ryan as part of his lunch, and Brecken, as often as we'll let her. Despite the rate at which we're flying through them, I'm still occasionally over-buying with a not-so-secret plan of letting them go brown so that I can bake with them. I tried a new banana muffin recipe a few weeks ago that was good, but not quite Sweets-life worthy. More often than not I stick with what I'm pretty sure is my all-time favorite banana bread recipe. However, when I was on duty to bring treats to church a few weeks ago, I needed something that would serve a large group of people, so I turned to this recipe for a chocolate banana bundt cake.
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Adding chocolate chips to banana muffins or banana bread or banana granola bars is a no-brainer, but what happens when the entire thing takes on chocolate?! I was surprised to find out that more than anything, the banana flavor was still prominent. Of course you can taste the chocolate as well, but next time I might add some chocolate chips to the batter for even more of a chocolate boost! I kept things simple and dusted the entire cake with powdered sugar, but this would also be good with a chocolate glaze, like the one from this cake!
Chocolate Banana Bundt Cake | The Sweets Life
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Chocolate Banana Bundt Cake

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-2 cups all-purpose flour
-2/3 cup cocoa powder
-2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
-1 cup sugar
-3 large eggs
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2)
-1 cup buttermilk

1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease a bundt pan. Set aside.
2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 
3. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light. Beat in the eggs one by one. Beat in vanilla extract and bananas. Add half of the flour mixture, followed by the buttermilk, followed by the remaining flour mixture. 
4. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow cake to cool in pan for 15 minutes before running a knife around the edges and inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely. If desired, dust with powdered sugar before serving. 

from Baking Bites