Tuesday 17 January 2012

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake with Cinnamon Streusel Topping

Overripe bananas are a common occurrence in my house. We always buy lots as everyone likes to eat them at varying degrees of ripeness. I personally prefer them on the slightly firm side, and also when they are fridge cold, added on top of my morning cereal or porridge. However, the inevitable often happens where the odd banana goes too ripe for anyone and rather than be thrown away they get cut up and stashed in the freezer to be used in baking later. Overripe bananas may not be nice to eat but as many of us know, they make for wonderfully sweet banana cake.

Plain banana cake is good, but I’m very much a flavours and textures kind of girl. I like to have each bite tasting a little bit different, which adds excitement and interest. In this instance I added a handful of dark chocolate chips and some cinnamon. Spices really complement the flavour of bananas and I love how using chips of chocolate, rather than simply cocoa powder, result in little pockets of intense chocolate bitterness, the perfect contrast to the sweet cake.

In place of a standard icing or glaze I instead decided on a cinnamon streusel topping. Crisp, crunchy and a little bit crumbly it adds another texture to the cake without being overly sweet.

The cake itself is moist and closely textured from all the banana. The use of the bananas also adds structure to the cake meaning tasters had no idea it was actually gluten free. It would be very easy to make it dairy free too if that was required.

I love it eaten slightly warmed, so they chocolate chips just start to melt and the aroma from the cinnamon and banana becomes more apparent. A great way of using up those over ripe bananas.

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake with Cinnamon Streusel Topping
Chocolate Chip Banana Cake
180g butter
40ml sunflower oil
220g light soft brown sugar
3 eggs
275g very ripe banana, mashed (about 3 large)
280g gluten free plain flour (I used Doves Farm)
1½ tsp gluten free baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
60g dark chocolate chips

Cinnamon Streusel
50g gluten free plain flour
40g caster sugar
20g butter
½ tsp cinnamon

Cinnamon Streusel Topping
Make sure the butter is soft but not melted. Rub all the ingredients together using the tips to your fingers to form crumbs. Add ½ tbsp water and mix to form a few larger clumps, but you want it mostly fine. Set aside while you make the cake.

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake
Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line an 8inch round springform cake tin.
Beat the butter, oil and sugar together until fluffy and pale in colour.
Beat in the eggs and cinnamon.
Add the banana and chocolate chips and mix to combine.
Fold the flour and baking powder gently into the banana mixture using a spatula. Do not over mix.
Transfer the mixture into the prepared tin and sprinkle the top with the streusel topping. Bake for 55mins until lightly golden.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes before removing from the tin and leaving to cool.
Tastes delicious served warm with custard for a quick dessert.


Beth (jamandcream) said...

I like my bananas on the green side of yellow! Always looking for black banana recipes though as I always seem to buy far too many.

Rolling Pin Claire said...

I have 4 brown bananas in the freezer crying out for a good recipe. This will do nicely!

Snooky doodle said...

looks so good.

Caroline said...

Sounds lovely - I like the idea of the streusal topping and little chunks of melty chocolate in there - yum indeed. I have to admit to liking my bananas on the firm side, so often find myself in need of a banana cake recipe!

I love your new banner by the way - is the middle cake a gf one?

Katie said...

Hi C,

Yes the middle photo on the banner is GF. Its a parsnip cake and one of the tastiest cakes I've ever baked.
It can be found here:

Elle said...

Sounds delicious...and I always seem to have some ripe bananas once a month or so. Your photos are stunning, too.

Choclette said...

Katie, your cake looks perfect. I'm not really keen on bananas, but I do like a good banana cake and this one looks one of the best. I made a whole string of cakes using bananas just before Christmas as I bought up a batch of cheap going slightly black bananas. it was really fun to try different cakes with them. Do like your streusel topping idea.

Monica H said...

This doesn't even look gluten free! The texture really looks great and those flavors sound so good together.

Unknown said...

This sounds gorgeous and I have way too many bananas residing in my freezer at the moment so am thinking of making this at the weekend! Love the idea of the streusel topping, so un-gluten-free like! :) But I wonder Katie if this works with margarine instead of butter? Thanks in advance!