30 Apr 2010

Baking 101: Chocolate Banana Cake with Ganache Frosting

I promised my son that I'll bake a chocolate cake for him. So i started searching for an easy to bake recipe...and when i saw the picture of the cake from joyofbaking.com, i knew that this will be the perfect chocolate cake for us. Moist, dense and with velvety chocolatey texture in every bite

By the way, thanks to my ate and my cousin anne who "donated" the super yummy and best tasting baking chocolates...

Chocolate Banana Cake with Chocolate Ganache Frosting



ingredients:
1 3/4 cups white sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas (but i used four medium sized bananas -- more than a cup)
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup canola oil
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

chocolate ganache frosting:
8 ounce semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate
3/4 cup cream
1 tbsp butter (unsalted)

1. preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. in a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients, set aside.
3. in another bowl, mix well all the wet ingredients.
4. add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
5. pour the batter in a buttered pan and bake for 40-60 mins until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
6. remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. frost with the ganache when completely cooled.

ganache:
1. place the chocolate in a bowl.
2. heat the cream and butter over medium heat. bring to boil. pour the cream & butter mixture to the chocolate and stir until smooth. when the ganache has completely cooled, ( i put mine in the ref) beat until soft and fluffy. Spread the frosting all over the cake.

Shared the first slice with Joey...he liked it in fairness!

2 comments:

Anne said...

*drools*

my oven works now @ home.. so im defo gonna try to bake my own!! chocolate & banana.. AWESOME MIX!! :D

how do u get that yummy sweet, creamy icing texture?

iCyLiCioUs said...

hi anne! go try this one! i also tried it as cupcakes...equally good!

for the icing (ganache), you just have to beat it well to get the spreadable texture..