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Saturday, 2 April 2011

Mother's Day Chocolate & Banana Loaf

Happy Mother's Day to my Mum and all those other Mums out there for tomorrow! This Chocolate and Banana Cake hasn't been made because I'm obsessed with recipes with featuring the yellow fruit, despite the fact that previous recipes might indicate otherwise! I've chosen to make it as I heard about an initiative Breakthrough Breast Cancer are running for Mother's Day. This amazing charity has linked up with the author Jane Green to release a free downloadablerecipe book to encourage people to get cooking for for their Mums. The recipe book is definitely worth a look with some great things to cook (I'm particularly liking the sound of Moroccan Chicken with Tomatoes and Saffron Honey Jam). All the recipes in the booklet come from Jane Green's new novel The Love Verb. If you don't know her books, Jane is one of those writers who manage to write unputdownable, miss your train stop, type of page turners. This book is based on when she nursed her best friend through breast cancer and helped her family by cooking for them. Her friend very sadly lost her fight.

I obviously wanted to a baking recipe so chose this cake - I've never tried the combination of chocolate and bananas together in a cakes and was a little sceptical, as was Mr CB, but he proclaimed the recipe a success - just have to see what my Mum thinks now!

The Recipe

175g plain chocolate (I used Green & Blacks 70% Dark)
225g unsalted butter
220g caster sugar
3 eggs, beaten
100g plain + 2 tbsp (the measurements are converted from US so I meant to weigh the total g but forgot)
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp cocoa powder
3 ripe bananas, mashed

Cream Cheese Frosting:

300g cream cheese
150g icing sugar
zest of 1 lemon

1. Preheat oven to 180c. Grease and line a loaf tin.
2. Melt the chocolate, either in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave. Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Gradually mix in the eggs.
3. Mix the dry ingredients together and mix into the beaten mixture. Add the bananas and melted chocolate and combine well.
4. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 45 mins - 1 hour.
5. Once cooled, spread the cream cheese frosting over the top. Make the frosting by mixing the 3 ingredients together well.


  1. I bet this must be so moist... dark choc and banana... what a perfect combo... I just made a choc cake with banana to celebrate my 1st blog birthday today... yipee!

  2. This banana loaf looks fantastic! I've got some ripe bananas on the counter that are just waiting for this!

  3. How could your mum not appreciate this, it looks delicious. It is also going on my ever growing "list".

  4. oooooooooo, choco banana joy. this looks great! thanks for sharing, lots of love happening for this and all your posts :)
    @ http://clutzycooking.blogspot.com

  5. I feel awful because I was still at uni on mothers day and almost forgot :S I'm going to have to maker her something like this to make up for it! I'm sure with all that choclatey goodness she'll love it, I hope your mum likes it (chocolate and banana is a great combination!)

  6. I hope your mom has a wonderful day. Your cake will really please her. This is my first visit to your blog and I just wanted to say hello. I really like the food and recipes you feature here and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  7. OMG, this cake looks so moist and I'll bet it was delicious! Mom's day is in May in the US.

  8. This looks so delicious. It looks really dense and chocolatey and with that creamy topping I bet it's amazing. I bet your Mum will enjoy it and I hope she has a lovely day.