Choco- almond – banana – cake

by Sunita on January 5, 2009

Hope you had a great start to the week. The kids’ school reopens tomorrow and the days of lazy mornings will be swiftly put to an end. But, we are more than ready for it. The last couple of weeks have been pure bliss in the company of the kids. Dinesh had a quite a few days off, which added to the pleasure. The days just flew by, and we are all rejuvenated enough to go back to the routine.

To enjoy the last day of the kids holidays, the three of us got into a bit of mess. No, nothing to worry about, we just got down to making their favouriteĀ  feta cheese and cumin crackers…yes, the same ones glorified in my last post. This time, with my two little helpers, and with flour flying everywhere, there was lots of laughter around. And, to make things even more fun, we cutĀ  out the crackers with cookie cutters. As these were much smaller than the earlier ones, i reduced the baking time by a few minutes.

I love cooking with the children …answering their questions, the laughter, the mischievousness, the mess… yes, the mess!

Now coming back to the main recipe of the day…choco almond and banana cake.

I made this when we had some friends over for tea. It is very simple to put together, but the taste left us asking for more. This is probably my best ever banana cake till now…great with a cuppa.

What’s needed-

3 eggs

1 large ripe banana, roughly mashed

6 tblspns of honey

1C whole wheat flour (atta)

2 tsp baking powder

6 tblsp of vegetable or sunflower oil

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

100 gms of dark chocolate, chopped

a handful of almond slivers

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C. Line an 8 inch square pan with foil and grease it.
  2. Beat the eggs for 30 seconds with an electric beater at medium speed.
  3. Add the banana and honey and beat again till fluffy.
  4. Add the oil and vanilla and beat for a couple of minutes more.
  5. Sieve together the flour, baking powder and cinnamon powder.
  6. Add the flour mixture, a few tblspns at a time, to the egg mixture. Gently fold in, preferably with a rubber spatula.
  7. Add the chopped chocolate and fold in.
  8. Tip the mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the almond slivers on top.
  9. Place the pan in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 27-30 minutes or till th top is firm, slightly darker round the edges, and a toothpick inserted through the centre comes out clean.
  10. Cool in the pan for a couple of minutes. Transfer to a rack and gently peel off the foil. Cool completely before cutting into 16 squares.

The smells that waft through the house while the cake bakes is simply divine.

Our friends absolutely adored the cake and so did we. It was not too sweet, moist, and the nuts added a nice bite. Rengoni has already begun asking as to when I’m going to make it again…exactly the same! Now, that’s the kind of comment, the ears love ;-)

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{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dragana January 6, 2009 at 1:37 am

Sunita,
This looks like my favorite kind of cake – moist, not too sweet and delicious! I’m definately making it.

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2 Sunita January 6, 2009 at 6:20 am

Thanks…do give it a try :-)

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3 Soma January 6, 2009 at 3:50 am

I am in love with your crackers, more so now with those shapes. My kids would just grab them..

As usual the cake looks gorgeous! I often make banana cake/bread but with lots of dry fruits in them, never used chocolate. next time for sure.

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4 Sunita January 6, 2009 at 6:19 am

Soma, try the crackers, my kids simply adore them, hope yours will too :-)

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5 Nirmala January 6, 2009 at 4:04 am

I have all of these at home. Am going to try this tonight! And I made my rocky road bars with homemade marshmallow. They were divine Sunita! Thanks for sharing!

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6 Sunita January 6, 2009 at 6:18 am

Do try it Nirmala…and you made your own marshmallows! Great!

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7 sig January 6, 2009 at 5:24 am

Oh boy, how great does that look? Banana is my favorite in cakes, muffins etc, so this is making me crave for some… Gotta stay away for a bit more though :(

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8 Sunita January 6, 2009 at 6:17 am

Thanks Sig…try it sometime, of course, not now :-)

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9 anudivya January 6, 2009 at 5:39 am

Very nice. I love your pics as always!

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10 Sunita January 6, 2009 at 6:16 am

Thank you :-)

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11 Sunshinemom January 6, 2009 at 6:31 am

I am sure that smelt divine! I would love to have a slice:), and with chocolate – kya kehne!

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12 Sunita January 6, 2009 at 9:53 am

Thanks S…it did smell divine indeed :-)

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13 Ivy January 6, 2009 at 8:33 am

I love the combo of banana and chocolate.

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14 Sunita January 6, 2009 at 9:53 am

Yes, the combo did work well indeed :-)

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15 Priya January 6, 2009 at 9:45 am

Omg…this cake looks gorgeous, loved the presentation..just drooling over them..

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16 Sunita January 6, 2009 at 9:54 am

Thanks Priya :-)

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17 Shreya January 6, 2009 at 12:51 pm

hi Sunita, such a delicious looking, gorgeous cake! awesome pics:-) Happy New Year!

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18 Sunita January 6, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Thanks Shreya…warm wishes to you and yours too :-)

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19 ttfn300 January 6, 2009 at 1:22 pm

oh my, this sounds just lovely! Glad you enjoyed your time with the kids :)

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20 Sunita January 6, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Thanks…we did have fun indeed :-)

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21 indosungod January 6, 2009 at 2:32 pm

They look delicious Sunita. Kids when given a choice between playing on the Video Game or Cooking, they’d always pick cooking ;) What do you say? They can utilize all their senses while cooking well video games we won’t go there.

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22 Sunita January 6, 2009 at 9:14 pm

You’re right, ISG :-D

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23 jo January 6, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Hi Sunita, happy new year. Also wow, this looks absolutely delicious and love your photos as well.

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24 Sunita January 6, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Thanks Jo…hope you had a great start to the new year too :-)

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25 vanamala January 6, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Looks delicious….

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26 sunita January 6, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Thankyou :-)

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27 Gretchen Noelle January 7, 2009 at 3:59 am

I adore banana snack cakes. They seem perfect with a cup of coffee. And I do have some bananas here…

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28 Sunita January 7, 2009 at 6:30 am

This cake is really perfect for a tea time snack :-)

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29 prema January 7, 2009 at 7:00 am

great start, looks so delicious.

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30 Sunita January 7, 2009 at 9:28 am

Thanks Prema :-)

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31 Divya January 7, 2009 at 8:32 am

Yummy cake Sunita..looks delectable..and healthy too wth atta..btw,theres no sugar added..is it sweet enough??

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32 Sunita January 7, 2009 at 9:28 am

Thanks Divya…btw, there was honey and a very ripe banana in it, which made up for it…it was not overly sweet, but we do like it that way.

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33 cooker January 7, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Sunita, happy new year to you.
As usual your creations are divine & photography stunning……in fact you are the reason I am hesitant to start my blog :-) …….its like , whats even the point of a blog if its not going to look like Sunitas :-)
Gosh girl, you set the bar real high !!!
Anyway, please just tell me what camera you use……maybe that will give me some hope…….. & a place to start :-)
Looking fwd to more amazing offerings from you.

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34 Sunita January 7, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Thank you for your kind words…but rest assured, all this did not come very easily…I started with very basic knowledge, and it has taken me all of more than two years to reach this. So get started, and don’t be too hard on yourself…it’s all about improving oneself. I definitetly learnt the hard way. Btw, I use a Nikon D40 :-)

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35 cooker January 8, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Thankyou Sunita.

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36 Sunita January 8, 2009 at 2:54 pm

You’re most welcome…now get going :-)

37 snooky doodle January 7, 2009 at 2:53 pm

How could you not ask for more of this cake. looks awesome , delicious, yummy and the addition of the flaked almonds makes it look so so nice :)

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38 Sunita January 7, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Thank you snooky…we did love the cake :-)

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39 rachel January 7, 2009 at 5:07 pm

This is what I term decadent!

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40 Sunita January 7, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Thanks Rachel :-)

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41 Usha January 22, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Hi Sunitha, the last point you said,.. peel of the foil. When did you put the foil. Can you let me know. I would like to try it tonight. Thanks.

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42 Sunita January 22, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Usha, I lined the pan with foil and greased it ( point 1) Do try the cake and let me know :-)

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43 Usha January 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Hi Sunita, I tried this cake last night and it came out very well. I used only 50%of the chocolate, may be next time I will add some sugar to it, to make it as a special event. :) . Thanks for the receipe.
Also when we line the pan with a foil why do we have to grease it? I used a nonstick foil, so didnt grease it.

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44 Sunita January 23, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Glad you liked the cake, Usha :-)

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45 Hema February 6, 2009 at 11:06 am

Hi Sunita,

I baked this cake last night and it came out well. I did some slight alterations. As I didn’t use eggs, I used 2 bananas and it came out well.

Thanks for the wonderful recipe. I love the way you write and present recipes.

Great work :-)

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46 Sunita February 6, 2009 at 11:57 am

You’re most welcome, Hema…glad you liked the cake :-)

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47 Detox Diet Recipes July 10, 2009 at 12:16 pm

oh i love to eat bananas raw. i also love foods and recipes with banana in it. they taste very very good

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48 Lakshmi December 28, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Sunita, I made this cake last week and turned out great. But mine wasnt as moist like yours. Maybe I used lesser oil?
Regardless the cake was very tasty.

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49 Joanne February 8, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Hello,

I tried the choco-almond banana cake this afternoon for our proposal cake. it was superb.. It’s moist and mmm.. yummy..

thanks

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50 Sunita February 10, 2010 at 1:07 am

joanne, I’m so glad you liked the cake :-)

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51 Rose March 13, 2011 at 11:24 am

Hi there,
I bumped across your site yesterday and made the banana cake. It was an instant hit with DH and kids. Thanks a ton.

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