Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Eggless Chocolate Banana Cake with Toffee Bits

As the name say it's a Chocolate Banana Cake, but believe me it taste like chocolate cake only...moist & chocolaty. If you are like me who's not a big fan of baking with banana(b'coz they over power all other flavors) than this cake is for you. Even after eating 2 slices each DH & DD didn't noticed that cake has banana in it. You might be thinking if I don't like baking with banana than why did I baked this cake.........I froze 4 bananas couple of weeks back, as the whole family was under the attack of cough & cold & no one was eating took out two to make banana oat muffin & then came the sweet request "can U make chocolate cake instead, so that we can eat like cake slice". So here comes the cake......

What U need :
  • 1 & 3/4 cup Cake flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tap. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tblsp. cocoa powder
  • 3 Tblsp. light brown sugar
  • 1 cup + 1 Tblsp. milk
  • 4 Tblsp. vegetable oil
  • 4 Tblsp. semi sweet choc. chips
  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

optional for filling & decoration :
  • handful of semi sweet choc. chips
  • handful of toffe bits

  • 4 Tblsp. cocoa powder
  • 5 Tblsp. icing sugar
  • approx. 4-6 spoons of warm water

What U do:
  • Sift all the dry ingredients. Add sugar to it & mix it.
  • Using microwave melt 4 Tblsp. of chco. chips along with 1 Tblsp. of milk. Stir it to make sure all the chips are melted. Let it cool.
  • Add all the wet ingredients to the above melted chocolate.
  • Now mix wet ingredients into dry ones & mix them gently, until well combined.
  • Pour the batter into prepared deep round 8 in. cake tin or into two smaller cake tins(I used two 6 in. round pan).
  • Bake at 325 degree F for about 1 hr.(do the toothpick test to check the doneness) if using deep pan. In case of smaller pans check around 22 min. or so, mine were done in 24 minutes.
After cake is cool, mix cocoa & icing sugar with warm water to make thick or thin icing as u like. Use less water for thick consistency.
Spread half of the icing on one layer of cake, spread it, spread  choc. chips & half of the toffee bits.
Stack the second layer on it & pour the icing on top of it & decorate with remaining toffee bits.

Note : 1) Cake is not very sweet as the amount of sugar used is very less but if U are planning to use icing than it's perfect.
2) Quantity of icing is not too much, it won't cover the whole cake(i mean all sides) but for our taste it was good enough, just to give you that little extra sweetness.
Needless to say half of the cake was vanished quickly, it was still warm when we ate it....yes I didn't had patience to wait for it to cool down completely, so I pour the icing when it was still warm & once it's ready it's hard not to eat...... so we had dessert before lunch......and we all loved it. Most important of all, other than me no body noticed(from the smell & taste) that it's a BANANA cake. And those two bananas in the picture are still waiting in the freezer for their turn, they only came out for the picture shoot.


AshKuku said...

SHEER ECSTASY!!!!! Splendid captures which make the prep more tempting for all of us..... Kudos!!!!


Pari said...

The cake looks absolutely divine.

Vrinda said...

One of the best combo...delicious cake

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Cake looks divine. Btw me too not a big fan of baking with banana :-) Can I have a slice :-)

Hamaree Rasoi

Apu said...

Goodness!! That looks yummy!!

Jay said...

very inviting colorful cake..thanks for the yummy recipe.

Rachana Kothari said...

Wow!!!! The Cake looks so goooooood...Wish I could have a slice!

I'm a Home Chef !!! said...

wow egg less cake! looks so gorgeous!

Sushma Mallya said...

wow what a beautiful cake,& very yummy wonder it got over so quickly

Spice said...

Thanks everyone.....

@Deepa & Rachna, U guys are more than welcome .....

tasteofbeirut said...

Oh you made me wish for a slice of that cake right about now; eggless is better as far as I am concerned; I will keep your cake in mind when we head up to the mountain in a month and welcome all the relatives.
To answer your question, I ma playing it by ear, I am hoping to divide my time between Beirut and the US for a while until my plans can be finalized.

Magic of Spice said...

Beautiful cake!

PJ said...

Looks so tempting!!!

BangaloreBaker said...

Spice, to answer your question, this is soft. I brushed with butter when done. But, it is not as soft as what you get in the stores. They bake it in covered pan and that makes a huge difference. Did you forget to send this cake to my bake-off? Looks fabulous.

suma said...

This looks delicious!! One more on my to-try list!!

Malar Gandhi said...

Whooo, looks perfect and chocolateeey, love it. Superb presentation.:)

Sanjeeta kk said...

Good one, kids will love the choco flavor.

BangaloreBaker said...

Spice, to answer your question on bread,
For the egg in the dough, either use yogurt or sour cream. It should work just fine. If you are alright using ricotta cheese, use part skim ricotta cheese in its place to get a nice crumb. For brushing, just mix 2 TBSP of milk with 2 TBSP of oil and brush them before baking. It probably will not give you this gorgeous color, but will be just fine. I do that for most of my bread since I don't consume eggs.