Very Moist Banana Cake I"Ve Ever Had

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Pin ItIlike to bake with bananas as they make things so flavorful and moist. A goodexample is this Banana Cake, which has the delicate sweetness of mashed bananaswith a texture that is wonderfully soft and moist. While quite tasty on its own,I love to lớn cover it with a creamy smooth Chocolate Fudge Frosting. Perfect as aweekday dessert.
This Banana Cake is a delicious recipe I adapted from The Joy of Cooking. Instead of the more common 'creaming' method where the butter và sugar are creamed together and then you beat in the eggs, flour, and liquid, this recipe uses what we hotline the 'one bowl' or 'quick method'.This method entails first blending all the wet ingredients (bananas, sour cream, vanilla extract, & eggs) together. Then, in your electric mixer, all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, leavening, salt, và ground cinnamon) are mixed together. Next, the butter, along with part of the wet ingredients, are beaten into the dry ingredients.This batter needs khổng lồ be beaten for about 90 seconds (to develop the cake's structure) and then the remaining banana mixture is added. While this method may be a little unusual, it reduces gluten formation which results in a cake that literally melts-in-your-mouth with a velvety texture that is moist & dense.Just make sure to lớn have all the ingredients at room temperature và to follow the instructions on mixing.

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I baked this cake in a 9 inch (23 cm) round cake pan, but you could bake it in a bundt pan with excellent results. This cake can be stored for several days at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Since bananas go so well with chocolate, I chose lớn cover this cake with a chocolate fudge frosting. This recipe is one I adapted from the cookbook Chocolate Bar by Matt Lewis & Alison Nelson, who run a chocolate boutique in new york that they hotline a "candy store for grown-ups". It is the type of chocolate frosting my mother always used to cover cakes. Made with butter, confectioners (icing or powdered) sugar, vanilla extract và unsweetened chocolate, it is perfect for covering cakes and cupcakes. It uses unsweetened chocolate which is also known as baking, plain or bitter chocolate. This is chocolate in its rawest form. Chocolate liquor that has been refined và contains 50-55% cocoa butter.Since no sugar has been added to the chocolate it has a strong, bitter taste that is used in cooking và baking but is never eaten out of hand. When used in this frosting it imparts a deep chocolate flavor.
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Banana Cake: Preheat oven khổng lồ 350 degrees F (180degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven. Butter & flour, or spray with a nonstick vegetable/flour spray, a 9inch (23 cm) round cake pan.

In the bowl of your foodprocessor, place the bananas, sour cream, và vanilla extract. Process justuntil blended và smooth. Showroom the eggs & process until combined.

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In the bowl of yourelectric mixer, with the paddle attachment, (or with an electric hand mixer)combine the sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, & ground cinnamon.Add the softened butter, along with half the banana mixture, và beat on lowspeed just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Increase the mixer tốc độ tomedium (on high if using a hand mixer) and beat the batter for 1 một nửa minutes.Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the remaining banana mixture intwo additions, beating well after each addition. Pour the batterinto the prepared pan, smoothing the top, & bakefor about 35to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Remove from oven & letcool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before removing the cake from the pan. When completely cooled, frost with the Chocolate Fudge Frosting.

ChocolateFudge Frosting:Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl placed over asaucepan of simmering water (or in the microwave). Remove from heat và let cool khổng lồ room temperature.

In the bowl ofyour electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until smooth andcreamy (about 1 minute). địa chỉ the sugar and beat until it is light & fluffy(about 2 minutes). Beat in the vanilla extract. Showroom the melted chocolate andbeat on low tốc độ until incorporated. Increase the speed khổng lồ medium-high and beatuntil frosting is smooth và creamy & of spreading consistency (about 2 -3 minutes).Frost the top & sides of the cake. Can garnish with dried banana chips. Can bestored at room temperature or in the refrigerator for several days.