Foodie Alchemist

My inspirations from flipping through recipes and tinkering with the ingredients in my pantry

Chocolate Banana Cake (and a whole lot of nuts)

This one is for you, birthday boy man!

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I adapted the recipe for Easy brownies from Anncoo Journal. The first time I tried it, it tasted more like chocolate cake than brownie to me. I guess it really depends on how you like your brownies – rich and dense or more cake-like. I prefer the latter, though I’m not sure if it can still be called a brownie.

This is recipe is easily adaptable. Feel free to add more bananas, choc chips, nuts etc.

Chocolate crumble:

20g plain flour

1 tbsp cocoa powder

10g sugar

15g soft butter

Cake batter:

65g soft butter

60g brown sugar

2 egg yolks

¼ tsp vanilla extract

2 egg whites

65g melted chocolate

75g chopped walnuts

30g chocolate chips

2 bananas, mashed

*sift the following together

70g cake flour

2tbsp cocoa powder

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

Chocolate crumble:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together until it resembles bread crumbs.

 

Cake batter:

  1. Beat the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg yolks one at a time. Mix well.
  3. Mix in vanilla extract.
  4. In another clean bowl, whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks.
  5. Fold the melted chocolate into the egg white.
  6. Fold the egg yolk batter into the egg white mixture.
  7. Add the chopped walnuts, chocolate chips and mashed banana. Mix well.
  8. Add the sifted flour mixture with 2 tbsp fresh milk. Fold well.
  9. Pour mixture into lined pan and sprinkle the chocolate crumble on top.
  10. Bake at preheated 170°C for about 30 minutes.

I thought the cake will look too boring and “browny” in the picture, and I have no interest nor decent skills in cream or fondant decoration. I opened my pantry and fridge and realized I have nothing colourful that I can use. But I do have a lot of nuts…And so I sprinkled some chopped pumpkin seeds and peanuts in an attempt to add some colour.  The crumble and nuts add a nice crunch to the otherwise fluffy cake.

Oh, and how can I forget  the amateur chocolate heart that even I am too embarrassed to mention how I made it.

P.S. If you observed closely, there is a crack in the cake. It happened when I was in the midst of transferring the cake.

Now,you know the secret of this nutty cake.

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Chocolate chip cookies

I made some tweaks to a cookie recipe and I am glad that it didn’t burn turned out pretty well. The cookies are not too dry, but also not soft like the Subway cookies. And I believe you can add other ingredients like raisins to the cookie dough if you like your cookies that way.

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Chocolate chip cookies are my favourite. Better if it’s double chocolate.

Cookie Dough

(Makes about 25 cookies)

Cake flour 80g

Cocoa powder 10g

Baking powder 1/8 tsp

*sift the above 3 ingredients

Oat 30g

Butter (softened)  60g

Brown sugar 30g

Fine caster sugar 15g

Egg (beaten) 25g

Chopped walnuts 40g

Chopped almond 20g

Chocolate chips 50g

Salt ¼ tsp

Vanilla essence ¼ tsp

  1. Beat butter with brown sugar, fine caster sugar and salt until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in egg in 2 batches. Mix well each time.
  3. Add vanilla essence and mix well.
  4. Using a spatula, mix in the sifted flour.
  5. Mix in the chopped nuts and chocolate chips.
  6. Using a cookie scoop, drop the cookies onto baking sheet.
  7. Bake in preheated oven at 190°C for 12-13 minutes.
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Me want banana!

What do you do with excess bananas? Make banana chiffon cake and banana chocolate muffin!

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I used the recipe from Passionate About Baking, which turns out pretty good! The cake kept its shape well. However, I think I mess it up when I tried to remove the cake using the this method. It worked the previous time I did it though…=(

As for the muffin, its another simple muffin recipe I used.

After all these goodness, I shall have tea instead of coffee. Love my OXO tea infuser too!

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