A simple reference to the word chocolate can change the look of any chocolate lover. No one can resist a good chocolate cake that’s filled with chocolate and covered in chocolate.
In this recipe, we want to teach you how to make the perfect chocolate cake topped with decadent chocolate and banana frosting.
Yes, you read that right: chocolate AND banana frosting! The addition of mashed banana in the frosting gives a slightly fruity and totally welcome flavor profile that is simply amazing.
Tips For Making A Perfect Chocolate Cake
- Use high-quality cocoa powder – Here at Foods Guy, we prefer dark cocoa powder with no added sugar. The quality of the cocoa will determine the color and flavor of the dessert after baking.
- Sieve all of the dry ingredients – All dry ingredients must be sieved, particularly cocoa. Biting into a lump of unsweetened cocoa in the cake is not enjoyable.
- Make sure the ingredients are room temperature – To facilitate the mixing of the cake, it is important that all the ingredients are at room temperature, especially the eggs!
- Wait for the cake to cool – It is important for all cake, but more so with chocolate cake, to cool completely before you remove it from the pan.
Optional Mix-Ins For Chocolate Cake
To intensify the flavor of the chocolate, you can add ¼ cup of espresso coffee. You can do this in one of two ways:
- Replace one part of the milk with an equal part of strong coffee (like espresso or an extra bold brew)
- Mix one teaspoon of espresso coffee powder into the milk
Add chocolate chips. If you want you can add chunks or chips of bitter chocolate or milk chocolate, this will make the cake softer and intensify the chocolate flavor.
What Kind Of Frosting Is Best For Chocolate Cake?
For the filling of chocolate cakes, I prefer buttercream frosting.
For this recipe, we will use buttercream frosting with a pinch of cocoa powder and crushed bananas. This gives a unique and delicious result.
Making the buttercream is very simple, you just need unsalted butter, powdered sugar, and flavorings.
For this frosting, we substitute a part of butter for a banana and cocoa powder. Cocoa also helps us give the cream a little firmness. The result is delightful.
How To Prepare Chocolate Cake For Frosting
We will prepare enough frosting to fill and cover our cake. When preparing the cake to be frosted, you have two options:
- You can make two small cakes and then join them together
- Make a tall cake and cut it in half (crosswise)
For this recipe, we made a single cake and cut it in half.
You must wait to frost the cake until it is cold enough. Keep it in the fridge for a couple of hours before decorating it. You can also leave the buttercream in the fridge for a few minutes so that it has good consistency when decorating the cake.
How To Make Chocolate Cake With Banana Frosting
Now let’s make this chocolate cake!
Step 1: Gather your ingredients and preheat the oven to 325 F.
Step 2: Beat oil and sugar together in a mixing bowl.
Put the oil in the mixer bowl, beat for a few minutes, and gradually add sugar. Make sure all of the sugar is dissolved in the egg and oil mixture before moving on to the next step.
Step 3: Add the eggs, one by one.
When the mixture acquires a crumb-like texture, add the first egg, beat, then the second egg, beat, and so on until all the eggs have been added.
Step 4: Add the vinegar and milk.
Step 5: Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder into the mixture.
Step 6: Pour the batter into the mold and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
Step 7: While the cake is baking, gather your frosting ingredients.
Step 8: Add banana and vanilla into a mixing bowl.
Mix until you get a creamy paste.
Step 9: Sift the cocoa powder with the powdered sugar.
Step 10: Beat for a few minutes until you get a firm cream.
Step 11: To assemble the cake, divide the frosting mixture into two. Put half as filling and the other part as the topping.
If you wish, you can use a pastry bag or simply spread the cream with a kitchen spatula.
Step 12: Refrigerate a couple of hours before serving. Then enjoy!
For the cake:
- 2 ½ cup multi-purpose flour
- 2 cups of sugar
- ¾ cup of oil
- ½ tbsp of vinegar
- 5 eggs
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ cup of milk
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
For the frosting:
- ¼ cup butter softened
- 2 tbsp of cacao powder
- 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 medium mashed banana
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
For the cake:
- Preheat oven to 325 F.
- Prepare the baking dish by topping it with a light coat of butter and then sprinkle flour on top. Make sure it is well covered in flour.
- Put the oil in the mixing bowl, beat for a few minutes, and gradually add sugar.
- When the mixture acquires a crumb-like texture, add the first egg. Beat a few minutes, and add the second, then the third, and so on until the fifth. Make sure all of the sugar is dissolved in the egg and oil mixture.
- Add the vinegar and milk.
- Sift the flour, with the cocoa, the bicarbonate, and the baking powder. Gradually add these sifted powders to the liquid mixture.
- Beat very well until all the mixture is homogeneous. Pour the mixture into the mold, which you prepared previously, and take it to the oven.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. When the top of the cake looks golden, open the oven, and insert a toothpick all the way down. If the cake is dry, it is ready, otherwise, bake it for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.
- Once the cake is ready to be taken out of the oven, wait at least 30 minutes before unmolding it.
- Unmold it, and with a bread knife cut it crosswise in half. Put it on separate plates. Reserve it while preparing the frosting.
For the frosting:
- Crush the banana, place it in the mixing bowl, and add the vanilla. Mix until you get a creamy paste.
- Sift the cocoa powder with the powdered sugar.
- Beat for a few minutes until you get a firm cream.
To assemble the cake:
- Divide the frosting mixture into two. Put half as filling and the other part as the topping. If you wish, you can use a pastry bag or simply spread the cream with a kitchen spatula.
- Refrigerate the cake for a couple of hours before enjoying it.
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