The Cake Slice: Banana Cake with Chocolate Frosting

April 20, 2010 at 7:30 am | Posted in cakes & tortes, groups, layer cakes, sweet things, the cake slice | 22 Comments

banana cake with chocolate frosting

This is the second time I’ve made a banana cake with The Cake Slice Bakers.  The two are quite different, but my reaction is the same:  bananas make for a darn good cake!  The cake itself was so moist and flavorful.  I can see it being great with a little cinnamon or espresso powder mixed in, or re-engineered as a snack cake.  It’s one I’ll make again, for sure…

…The chocolate frosting, though was a different story.  It turned super thick after I added the last addition of powdered sugar.  So thick, that I couldn’t spread it.  Rather than toss it in the bin, I put it over gentle heat until it just started to soften.  Then it was use it or lose it time, so I immediately swiped it on the cake in one pass.  I think I did a reasonably good job, all things considered, but can you see how the frosting looks a little dry and crackly?  It tasted good, and had quite a fudgy consistency, actually, but I think I’ll go with a tried-and-true chocolate frosting next time and save myself the stress.

Here’s a printable link to the recipe.  Or get your hands on a copy of Southern Cakes by Nancie McDermott.  Cruise through the list of The Cake Slice Bakers to check out all of our banana cakes this month!


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  1. Ciao ! here I come again !! Love your cake ! I didn’t have the courage to use all that sugar !!!

  2. I agree that this cake was deliciously moist and yummy. Glad to see I wasn’t the only one with frosting problems! Think its coated your cake quite well though.

    You say at the bottom of your post that its red velvet cake, must ahve been reused from another post – I do the same thing 🙂

  3. That looks so good. So good. I want some. Now.

  4. I do agree with you that bananas make for a darn good cake. Couple it with chocolate .. huh even better! Yours turned out great. Loved that you have kept it simple as it is truly the cake that just needs to be enjoyed.

  5. I enjoyed this cake as well! But I didn’t have such luck with the frosting. The frosting that I ended up using tasted good, but I think banana cake is better paired with cream cheese forsting, in my humble opinion. 🙂

  6. Yep A darn good cake! My frosting came out like yours- a bit dry and cracked.

  7. oh even though you had problems with the frosting the cake still looks good 🙂

  8. Mmm wow this cake looks delicious, sorry to hear about your problems with the frosting 😦 hopefully if you make it again itll turn out better :).

  9. Good save! I’m always nervous about chocolate frostings, they either seize up on me or are too thin. That was a brave move to heat it up. The cake looks perfect!

  10. That looks like one fine cake – I wouldn’t have any trouble eating it even with that thick frosting.

  11. espresso powder and cinnamon sound like an awesome idea..will give that a try the next time I make it.

    Your cake looks deliciously moist…and the frosting must have been wonderfully fudgy with that banana cake.

  12. This cake was so good! i think it’s interesting how different everyone’s frosting turned out though.

  13. I love all banana cakes. The combination with chocolate frosting seems to be perfect 🙂

  14. Lovely! This looks just delicious. – mary

  15. Perfect as always… I didn’t do layers this time.

  16. Oh gosh, I was JUST talking about how I would die for a piece of banana cake and now this pops up! I totally NEED to make this!

  17. Yum! I have all these bananas to use up – and now I know what I’m going to do with them! Your cake looks amazing. I can’t wait… chocolate banana cake, here I come!

  18. Hey Steph!

    How’s my favorite baker? Your banana cake looks super scrumptious, extra thick frosting and all- I swear that frosting is just cursed! I ended up going with the Instant Fudge Frosting in Sky High (after getting the go-ahead from Katie to deviate from the required recipe). All’s well that ends well I guess, as it turned out delicious. I finally got my post up (I’ve been bogged down by a wicked sinus infection so I’m a few days late) but I’d love for you to stop by if you get the chance. Thanks so much for taking the time to email me with your thoughts about my baking issues… you have a special way of always making me feel better. I’m so glad you’ve become my blogging friend! Oh and Mazel Tov on taking some time off- you deserve it, and I’m excited to see what you do next. No matter what you choose, I know you’ll be tremendously successful! 🙂 Please keep me updated.

    Hope you have a fabulous weekend- is the weather supposed to be nice there? Either way, have some fun and relax! And bake! Can’t wait to see what’s next on the menu…

  19. Wow, imagine that, I was JUST flipping through the book, deciding if I should bake this cake or not. I opted for a different recipe, the cake is waaay too moist, frankly, quite crappy and now I wish I made this instead. Ohwell, I have 5 bananas left to use!!!

  20. oh my god!
    That cake. I’m going to have to make that. I love this site AND cakes!

  21. Oh my gosh! This cake looks amazing, I will definitely have to try it ! Thanks for sharing!

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