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Banana, date and chocolate cake

May 13, 2009

Colder days call for superlative cakes, and an excuse to combine three much admired desserts: banana cake, sticky date pudding, and chocolate bits occasionally appearing out of no where. This recipe is borrowed from a mish-mash that I did about a year ago (I do believe it was one of my first posts) on the old Uber site. Of course if you’re not feeling all that adventurous (or simply don’t have an affinity for dates), removing the chocolate and the dates in this recipe will still yield an incredibly moist, dense, soft, and dark banana loaf. Which can even be considered a little healthy if you use the right ingredients.

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…and because my patience for cakes is limited, this also took very little time to whip up. Ok, I’ll be honest, the 45, bordering on 50, minute wait for it to bake (all the while torturing me with a smell I can barely begin to describe) was torture…then to worsen things I popped off for a meeting while it was cooling, plagued with thoughts of cinnamon and sticky dates and melted chocolate. BUT it is remarkably quick to knock up. This is the best excuse to let those bananas sit around until they’re almost all brown on the outside. As an added incentive, it lasts great – the next day it’s still as soft as ever, because it’s made exclusively with oil rather than butter. And despite how amazing it is, one slice will fill you up rather well – so don’t be greedy now. Share this stuff around for flat love (and your flatmates will forget all about that last time you left that lettuce at the back of the fridge for months…which, by the way I have never done…) Thanks for the bananas Bob!

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Fills one 9x4x3 inch loaf pan

3 very ripe bananas, mashed (should be brown almost all over)
2 eggs
1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 c finely chopped dates
1/2 tsp molasses (optional)*
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
115ml oil
1 tsp vanilla extract

* makes the cake really dark and intensely flavoured…plus it’s sort of healthy :P Alternatively, you can use dark brown sugar in place of light brown)

Beat the above well, until the mixture has lots of tiny bubbles all through it. Preheat your oven to 175C (350F). Then, fold in:

1 1/2 c plain flour
1/4 c wheat bran or germ (optional, but amazing)
1 1/4 baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
pinch salt

Mix until just incorporated and the mixture is uniform. Add as many chocolate chips or chunks or buttons (preferably dark) as you feel is necessary :D Pour into a well greased loaf tin or silicone loaf “tin,” pop into the oven in the centre rack, and let bake for about 45-50 minutes. It may need a bit longer – stick a skewer or small sharp knife into the center to check if it is done (the knife blade should come out clean). Once cooked, let cool in the tin until warm, then turn out (you may need to loosen it from the sides of the tin with that small sharp knife, by running the blade around the cake) and let cool on a rack. Try not to eat this too hot, as it will probably just fall apart on you. But if you can’t resist, I understand *pats consolingly*

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. May 14, 2009 2:12 am

    That sound amazing!!!!!!!!!

  2. May 14, 2009 5:25 am

    Bananas, dates and chocolate speak right to my heart! Wow, what a genius combination! Thanks for sharing. You can find similar creative recipes at Dove Chocolate Discoveries’webpage. Check out the recipe section, you will be surprised.

  3. twospoons permalink*
    May 14, 2009 11:01 am

    Jen: Oh, it is. It is. :) Without the dates and chocolate it’s a great base recipe for a banana cake too.

    Kelly: Thanks, I had a quick peek just then…chocolate and balsamic?! I certainly was surprised :D

  4. May 14, 2009 3:56 pm

    Hi Zo,

    I just tried out this recipe, and although I now smell like cake, I have to admit that it looks and smells great. I can’t try it until a movie night tonight, but hopefully my friends enjoy it!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    • twospoons permalink*
      May 15, 2009 2:06 pm

      …better than smelling like cajun!
      thanks for commenting, and hope your movie night goes well
      :)

  5. May 16, 2009 9:35 am

    That looks good! I have a lot of dates that need to be used as well.

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