Chocolate Banana Pantry Cake

I have a problem with bananas. The problem is that I buy them, forget about them and then I’m compelled to bake with them. Yeah, I know, the epitome of firstworldproblems.

This started off as a banana loaf cake idea and then the Green & Black’s cocoa fell out of the cupboard (I really should tidy up more) and it seemed worth trying.  Then it turned into pantry cake when I started pulling more things out of the press, including cherries and walnuts. The cherries melt a little like dates and led to the tasters asking if there was booze in there. Not this time….

Makes a 1lb loaf. Preheat oven to Gas Mark 4, 180c.

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 35g of slightly salted, very soft butter
  • 50g demerera sugar
  • 50g soft brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 50g walnuts, chopped
  • 50g cherries, chopped (the natural ones)
  • 50g chopped dark 70% chocolate
  • ½ tsp good vanilla extract
  • 75g wholemeal flour
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ¼ tsp salt

Method

  1. Mash the bananas and butter together
  2. Add in the egg, vanilla, sugar, cherries, chopped chocolate and walnuts and mix together
  3. Sift the flour, cocoa, bicarb and salt together and add into wet ingredients
  4. Cook in a lined loaf tin for about 45 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean

Improves over a day or two too.

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5 thoughts on “Chocolate Banana Pantry Cake

  1. I have the same problem with bananas, but I freeze them because otherwise I’d never stop eating cake (even more so that I already do). So now my problem is a freezer full of bananas. Perhaps it’s cake time again…

  2. Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it, having just cleaned my misbehaving oven – maybe it will try harder not to burn things for me.

    Yes, bananas freeze wonderfully well. If you have any black ones in the fruit bowl, just peel , freezer-bag them, and chuck ’em in the freezer. You can also freeze fresh banana: it comes out with the most wonderful icecreamy texture and flavour – a great treat for kids. Sounds implausible, I know, but eating is believing. 🙂

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