I’m a firm believer that birthdays should be celebrated, and the celebrations shouldn’t be limited to one day. Instead, one week is more fitting. That way you can spread out the lunches, dinners, events, etc.
So with my special day approaching, this week’s priority was the right pre-birthday dessert.
Usually, I would turn to a favorite bakery. But this year it was up to me. I had some ideas…a banana cake, with frosting not a glaze. Full size would be too much and too tempting. I needed smaller. And I didn’t want anything that would take hours in the kitchen.
After a few unsuccessful clicks, I found the Easy Chocolate Banana Cake. It was perfect – chocolate, bananas, frosting, in an 8×8 pan.
The preparation time took longer than 10 minutes. However, it wasn’t complex, making my variations minor.
- I creamed the butter with the sugars before adding eggs. I’m just accustomed to this step.
- I reduced the oven temperature to 325 degrees for my glass pan. Baking time was the same.
- I only used 1.5 cups powdered sugar in the Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting not 2 cups. Made of butter, cream cheese, cocoa, and heavy cream, I adored the silky base and chose to keep more of its consistency.
My first slice of Chocolate Banana Cake was room temperature. The texture was deceivingly denser than it appeared. Its moistness left a lasting chew similar to a cake-like brownie. No doubt this was the banana’s influence, along with its mild flavor.
The Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting was a nice companion. Its sweet cream taste was most prominent, so it didn’t make the cake overly chocolaty.
I had two pieces that night. It’s not hard to talk yourself into another serving when you can justify the nutritional value of bananas. At this rate, I might need another pre-birthday dessert.
I give this Chocolate Banana Cake 4 out of 5 stars. As titled by the author, it is easy to bake. Moreover, it delivers both chocolate and banana flavor.
For the full recipe, please visit Oh, Sweet Basil.
P.S. The cake was also delicious warm. That makes three slices, if we’re still counting.