Thursday, April 30, 2015

Chocolate Banana Bundt Cake topped with Chocolate Ganache


I love baking and  my love for it is increasing everyday. I don't need any particular occasion to bake but yes, on every special occasion I like to bake something special. Yesterday, was our marriage anniversary :) So decided to bake something special for the special day. There were some ripe bananas lying on the counter top. So decided to combine chocolate and banana to make a decadent  CHOCOLATE BANANA BUNDT CAKE. This is a delicious , moist cake and can be put together in no time. This recipe makes a big cake , ideal when you have guests over.






INGREDIENTS:
Note: All measurements are based on the US measuring cup and spoon sizes where 1 cup = 235 ml
Serves : 12-15

For the cake, you will need:

  • Unsalted butter : 1 cup ( Two 8 oz sticks at room temperature)
  • Cocoa powder : 1/2 cup
  • Instant Espresso powder : 1 tbsp
  • Water : 1 cup
  • All Purpose flour : 2 cups
  • Sugar : 2 cups
  • Baking Soda : 1 tsp
  • Baking Powder : 1 tsp
  • Salt : 1/2 tsp
  • Bananas (Ripe) : 3
  • Non Fat Greek Yogurt or Plain Yogurt : 1/2 cup 
  • Eggs (at room temperature) : 3 large
  • Pure Vanilla Extract : 2 tsp
For the Chocolate Ganache , you will need:
  • Semi sweet chocolate : 4 oz (cut into small pieces)
  • Heavy whipping cream : 3 oz
  • Unsalted butter : 1 tbsp

PROCEDURE:

This is how you make the cake:
  1. Set the oven rack in the middle and preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a 10 inch bundt pan with a nonstick baking spray.
  2. Whisk together all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt).
  3. Mash the bananas roughly using a fork. Add in the beaten eggs, vanilla extract and the yogurt. Set it aside.
  4. Combine cocoa powder, espresso powder, butter and water in a medium sauce pan. Bring this to a boil on a medium heat , stirring continuously. Continue until the mixture is well blended. Turn off the heat and set it aside.
  5. Add the chocolate espresso mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix well.
  6. Add in the banana-yogurt-egg-vanilla mixture and whisk the mixture well.
  7. Add the cake batter to the prepared bundt pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until the toothpick inserted at the center of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Transfer cake to cooling rack and cool 10 minutes, then invert directly onto the cooling rack and cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.
This is how you make the Ganache:
  • Mix the heavy whipping cream and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Pour this hot mixture over the chopped chocolate bits. and let it stand for a couple of minutes. Whisk gently until its smooth.
Final touch:
  • Drizzle the ganache over the cake and serve..

Notes:
  • You can use dark brown sugar instead of regular sugar.
  • Instead of drizzling ganache over the cake, you serve the cake with some icing sugar on top.
  • The yogurt can be replaced with sour cream.
  • The baking time varies from oven to oven. So keep an eye.

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19 comments:

  1. Its mouth watering!!Loved it and loved it!!!

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  2. This chocolate cake is so tempting.Love the gooey texture. Perfect chocolate bundt cake !!

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  3. Belated wishes subha..Loved each click,wish i could grab some from here.

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  4. Wow ..the chocolate cake is Superb...tempting and mouth watering pics...

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  5. Excellent one shubha.... Love the combo and the cake has been baked to perfection....

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  6. Nobody can resist this tempting, mouthwatering cake.....Looks fantastic & belated anniversary wishes dear.

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  7. Scrumptious and yummy cake dear...Very tempting:)

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  8. A happy wedding anniversary to you dear Shubha. This is so so indulging and appealing. Fabulous share my dear. Loved it! :D

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  9. Happy wedding anniversary and the cake?? so nice.

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  10. Bundt cake is looking perfect and love love the addition of Banana, Shubha! Yumm!!

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  11. Looks gorgeously delicious! :-) chocolate & banana cakes are two of the most common cakes I bake - but other than putting choc chips in my banana bread I haven't tried them together - this looks like a great recipe to start with!

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  12. Yummy cake..belated anniversary wishes dear shubha :)

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  13. My My!!! Look at that cake... looks so so tempting!!!Gorgeous clicka

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  14. Great cake, made it a couple of weeks ago. Company coming over for dinner tomorrow, making it for desert.

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  16. This looks super tempting!
    Happy anniversary dear! Enjoy!

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