Aunt Bertha’s Chocolate Cake Goes Bananas

Chocolate Banana Cake with Seven Minute Frosting

I found a great chocolate cake recipe over on  Easy Everyday Eats, the cutest blog with so many wonderful recipes to choose from.  My husband was out of town, but I knew my five kids would have no trouble eating the entire cake.Chocolate Banana Cake with Seven Minute Frosting

So, I was all ready to make Aunt Bertha’s Chocolate Cake as is, when I opened the fridge and saw three bananas that I had thrown in there to save.  They needed to be used that day or be thrown out.  Adding bananas meant reworking the recipe a bit to make sure it still had the power to rise.  Bananas tend to be a little heavy.  I also wanted to add a little more chocolate so that the bananas didn’t totally take over the cake.  In the end, I decided it was a good thing that Aunt Bertha’s identity is a mystery, because her cake was a bit unrecognizable.  I also camouflaged it with a basic seven- minute frosting.

Chocolate Banana Cake with Seven Minute Frosting

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Aunt Bertha's Chocolate Cake Goes Bananas
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 3 mashed bananas
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • For Frosting
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 3 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 3 Tbsp cold water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine first six ingredients.
  2. Add eggs, coconut oil, buttermilk and vanilla, mixing well.
  3. Add the bananas, beating until smooth.
  4. Slowly and carefully add the boiling water.
  5. Pour the cake batter into a greased 9 X 13 pan.
  6. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes or until tests done with a toothpick.
  7. Cool cake completely before frosting.
  8. To make the frosting:
  9. Combine all of the ingredients in the top of a double boiler (that is already over boiling water)
  10. Beat with a hand mixer for 7 minutes.
  11. Stop when stiff peaks form (it may take more than 7 minutes and if you are making this on a very humid day, you may have trouble)
  12. Spread on top of COOLED cake.

Chocolate Banana Cake with Seven Minute Frosting

 

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