Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Brown Butter Chocolate Banana Cake


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This little cake isn't adorned in frosting, doesn't have a glaze and isn't sprinkled with powdered sugar. Nothing to make it look stunning, but you'll forget about fancying it all up after you taste it! To Read More, Click On The Recipe Title.
This is the best chocolate banana cake I've ever made! Call me crazy but the browned butter, chocolate chips and banana in this cake reminded me of a cookie. Yes a cookie! I ate a slice while it was warm, then I snuck another slice cause the first was so good! Moist - that's the first thing you notice. There's a slight crisp on the top of the cake-not much, just slight-then you hit that moist soft cake filled with bananas, chocolate chips and browned butter and your mouth is doing the dance of joy!
Oh yes, I'll be making this again...this is cake I'll be thinking about as I watch those bananas get ripe on the counter!


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Browned Butter Chocolate Banana Cake
Fine Cooking

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. (1 cup) unsalted butter; more for the pan
1-1/3 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup finely mashed ripe bananas (2 medium bananas)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. table salt
7-1/2 oz. (1 2/3 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour; more for the pan
1-1/4 tsp. baking soda
2/3 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips


Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 10-cup decorative tube or bundt pan. Tap out any excess flour.


Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Once the butter is melted, cook it slowly, letting it bubble, until it smells nutty or like butterscotch and turns a deep golden hue, 5 to 10 minutes. If the butter splatters, reduce the heat to low. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the browned butter through a fine sieve into a medium bowl and discard the bits in the sieve. Let the butter cool until it’s very warm rather than boiling hot, 5 to 10 min.


Using a whisk, stir the sugar and eggs into the butter. (Since the butter is quite warm, you can use cold eggs for this.) Whisk until the mixture is smooth (the sugar may still be somewhat grainy), 30 to 60 seconds. Whisk in the mashed bananas, vanilla, and salt. Sift the flour and baking soda directly onto the batter. Pour the chocolate chips over the flour. Using a rubber spatula, stir just until the batter is uniformly combined. Don’t overmix.


Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it evenly with the rubber spatula. Bake until a skewer inserted in the center comes out with only moist crumbs clinging to it, 42 to 45 min. Set the pan on a rack to cool for 15 minutes. Invert the cake onto the rack and remove the pan. Let cool until just warm and then serve immediately or wrap well in plastic and store at room temperature for up to five days.

56 comments:

Donna-FFW said...

Love each part of this post. You girls are terrific. But that banana cake I am making if not tonight, tomorrow!And that cheery limeade, I am adding your addition. Delicious, delectable, and downright dandy! Three D's, I agree!! Or would that be 4? Huh?

Claudia said...

Well, I have dinner tonight. Defrosting chicken and was going to do a cold salad and then the weather went cold - and I thought - warm is best! What to do? What to do? Go to Bunny's Warm Oven and find the perfect recipe! And i have all the ingredients. The banana bread is of course warm,soothing and delicious - chocolate and bananas? Mmmm. And the drink? Yep, you have it all wrapped up - definitely going to do that.

Barbara Bakes said...

Visiting your website always makes me hungry with all your gorgeous pictures. Sounds like three great recipes!

Dawn said...

there is always a little bit of everything in each post. it's almost like a funtastic buffet--where we can feast.
I do love that brown butter cake though, I might have to try that in the midst of my crazy coconut kick.

Risa said...

This is one meal I would definitely love to sit down to. That chicken is really speaking to me...Yum!

Ingrid said...

Great job, ladies! I'm going to try the chicken tonight!

Bunny is this cake better than the one with the browned butter frosting? Lemme know 'cause that one was darn good! L-O-V-E that frosting.

Sorry Cyndy I'm not a drinker but if I was I'm certain that would be right up my alley! :)
~ingrid

Kristen said...

Yes please and yummy to all three recipes! I'll be right over ;o)

giz said...

Any and all of this so works for me. I actually have to do a bzz agent post about pork and that sauce would be amazing. I'll do it.

Elra said...

All of this food and drink you made together look so mouth watering. Love the glistening and silky looking on your chicken.

Susan S. said...

OMG....these all look so delicious. And I LOVE your style of writing....it's so descriptive and it just make me want to go home and COOK! I also clicked on the sidebar...the blueberry chiffon pie caught my eye. The color is beautiful and it sounds delish. I'm going to try that and share with my neighbors this weekend. :)

Kerstin said...

Can I come over? Everything looks fabulous - nice teamwork :)

ButterYum said...

Yummy!!! I will definitely try the chicken.

Heather said...

ohh. i cake that tastes like a cookie?! that sounds great :)

and i love the chicken, too. so light and delicious!!

onesassy said...

What a great dinner you ladies put together! Set an extra place at the table for me!

Reeni♥ said...

I'd love to sit down to this meal! The chicken sounds simple but so delicious! And anything with brown butter and banana in it makes my mouth water, such divine flavors. And the drink is so nice and refreshing!!

Lynn said...

That banana cake looks so good. My daughter would love it.

Katy ~ said...

Top shelf, all the way!

CookiePie said...

What a fabulous dinner -- I love it all!!

Mary at My New 30 said...

Fabulous!

Katherine Aucoin said...

i love your whole ensemble. i was looking for something different ot make tomorrow night and I have found it! I'll down a few of those cocktails while they are scarfing this down!

Bellini Valli said...

The sweet little lady was right, this does sound like one for the books.

Melissa said...

Oh wow! Everything looks so scrumptious. Cherry Limeade is a favorite!

Katrina said...

They all three look great, but you really had me at banana cake! My favorite!

MaryBeth said...

Every component of this meal is outstanding... The drink looks very refreshing.

noble pig said...

Where to begin with all the deliciousness! That cake..that cake...with chocolate chips even.

Cristine said...

Everything looks and sounds fantastic! YUM!

Marie said...

Those all look fantastic Caroly, Bunny and Cyndy. All I can say is WOW!!

Sophie said...

OOOOOH Bunny, This all looks excellent food!
How can I choose?"

Grace said...

my favorite drink at sonic is the strawberry limeade, and cherry limeade sounds delightful too. the cake is soooo appealing (perhaps the chocolate has something to do with that), and the chicken doesn't sound too shabby either. wonderful work, ladies!

Debbie said...

Oh it all looks so delicious. I'd love to try the chocolate banana cake...YUM!

Sara said...

Everything looks great! I am loving that chicken, I will definitely be trying that.

Ivy said...

Perfect trio, main course, dessert and drink. The chicken sounds delicious and lovely that shiny sauce on it.

pigpigscorner said...

What a feast! I must get some bananas now!

Claudia said...

Addendum: Made the chicken. Huge hit. Will be a staple! Thank-you!

Denise said...

Chicken looks great and I have bananas getting nice and brown on my counter.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I love the chicken. My husband would go nuts for it. That's a keeper.

Your cake looks delicious and it has no need of looking fancy. I like it's nice, unpretentious chocolatey-ness.

Elyse said...

Ooo, I'm loving the three Ds. How awesome! I have to make the San Francisco chicken considering I live in the Bay Area and go into San Fran everyday! And of course, who can refuse cake and a cocktail?! Certainly not me! Everything looks great. Fabulous collaboration!

Ann said...

I am going to make the cherry limeae tomorrow. I really like your blog and I am going to follow it.

Gloria said...

Look so nice and really tasty Bunny, I love them Thanks by the recipes Bunny!!! XOXOXOXOGloria

Gloria said...

I really ove brown butter Chocolate Banana Cake, Love it xoxoxo Gloria

Jacque said...

Wow, you all are quite the culinary powerhouse! Everything sounds wonderful.

Gotta say I'm partial to browned butter, it's the bomb in desserts.

Oh, and I forgot to reply to something you commented to on my blog a little while ago... regarding celebrity gossip blogs. I've been visiting perezhilton.com and thesuperficial.com. Then I just found something on E!online about "true, false, and Ted" (or something like that). You have to put up with their personal agendas and that gets a little annoying sometimes, but it's still entertaining.

Kevin said...

Banana breads and cakes are always good! I like the use of the brown butter in this one.

The chicken sounds nice and quick and tasty!

Jaime said...

I LOVE limeade!!!! that recipe looks so refreshing.... and the brown butter in the cake must make it so delicious

Susan said...

This trio looks and sounds so delicious. I adore that chicken recipe I have to make it- the cake is sinful and I better make it for company because if its in my house and no one is here to eat it I WILL...I don't share well! The drink is perfect...I deserve a treat and its the perfect one! Thanks so much-

Thanks for stopping by my blog- our rain stopped too and it sure did the plants good. Im so impatient I want the garden to grow yesterday!!!

Ricardo said...

Wonderful to see all these great cooking in just one posting ..a meal a drink and a desert well I am stuffed after all this, is so delicious and well presented and photographed. :) xx

Lori said...

I love the chicken as I love teriyaki. And the cake well good God I am drooling! I do like your addition to the drink. Great job all of you!

Lucy said...

What a wonderful post, filled with such goodies... a feast for sure!!

Mommy's Kitchen said...

I love all of it. The cherry limeade looks so refreshing. It is my favorite thing to order at sonic.

Lisa said...

The chicken looks great! And the cake and drink sound so summery and appealing. Yum!

♥Rosie♥ said...

I just love everything - what a great cook/bake up you've had.

I just want to rush into my kitchen and cook/bake from this post!

Dragon said...

The brown butter banana cake has me drooling!

Amanda said...

Bunny I just love how you post all your recipes together! I have to try that cake, it looks and sounds amazing!

Happy cook said...

That chicken looks so yumm. And the cake i would eat half of that,looks so dlecious.
Beautiful colourfor that drink.

Jeff said...

I am always looking for great and quick ways to do chicken or pork.

Happy to see I am not the only person who enjoys a good cherry drink too. Such an underutilized ingredient in drinks.

Joshley and The Charles said...

Your recipe's all look so yummy! I can't wait to try them :) I love your blog!

Corinna said...

Everything looks awesome! Great pics too. I am now hungry and thirsty LOL YUM