Friday, February 24, 2012

Banana Cake

This is amazing!
a few more steps than normal, but great none the less.
I found this in a book called 'Sprouted Baking' and it is a organic, whole food-ish style baking which I am excited to try baking with more. This means it uses whole wheat flour and maple sugar instead of cane sugar. 
This was seriously the best cake I have made EVER and not so hard to make!

2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups maple sugar (can substitute for cane sugar) 
2 large eggs
1 cup lightly mashed bananas (about 2 med size bananas)
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup yogurt or sour cream 

1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup maple syrup

Makes 12 Servings

 Here is what you will need! plus i forgot to put butter and sugar on counter for photo! oops...

Preheat oven to 350 F. 
 in mixing bowl combine first 6 dry ingredients; mix.

in mixing bowl cream the butter until it is fluffy, 
then add sugar and cream again till fluffy
 next add eggs one at a time, mixing between additions.

In third bowl (I used a 2 cup measuring cup) mash the bananas with the vanilla and yogurt.
I used greek yogurt! so good!

add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in two parts, alternating with the banana mixture. 

after each addition stir until smooth.

Once smooth and blended grease your bunt cake pan

 Pour into your bunt pan try to put equal parts batter all around

as you can see mine wasn't perfect.. 
just pick up the pan and pat it around the edges till it smooths out around evenly.

Put in oven at 350 for 35 minutes
Once done let cool for at least 30 minutes!

By now your kitchen is smelling delish and you are probably ready to devour this delightful cake!
the topping is something I came up with on the fly! 
take your chocolate chips, maple syrup and walnuts (equal parts of each)
and in microwave safe bowl microwave for 45 seconds
take out and stir together. 
this will blen the chocolate, syrup and make the walnuts a little soft as if they were baked!
once this is done drizzle over top and garnish with a few raw walnuts...

If this doesn't make you hungry I don't know what will!

This was not super sweet, because of the whole wheat it was nutty, banana made it nice and moist, the nutmeg and cinnamon made it spicy and the chocolate added the mmm...

This is a great dessert that won't make you feel too guilty!
Serve with a dallop of whip cream or some banana ice cream (chunky monkey from ben and jerry's) 
and some coffee or black tea and its a dessert your guest wont forget!

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