Use those ripe bananas on your counter to make a pan of this Chocolate Banana Cake with Nutella Frosting. You will have a hard time stopping at just one slice…or maybe that was just me.
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Nothing like getting a call from a college for your first baby boy to make you feel old. Grant it that baby boy is now 15…but still! That doesn’t mean I am allowing college calls yet. We are totally not ready for that kind of talk yet.
A few weeks ago I had a message on my phone. As I listened to the call, my eyes got bigger and my mouth dropped open. I basically threw the phone at my husband and made him listen to it too. It was a college that was going to be visiting the private school that our children attend. Now I realize the school probably provides lists of the high school students, so they were just doing their job in calling. I’m sure this girl had no intention of making us feel older than dirt. How in the world is my kiddo old enough to be getting college calls? Nope, so not ready for this.
I might need some more cake to stuff in my mouth to drown out my feelings of getting old.
We had some ripe bananas on the counter that were on their way to becoming fruit fly heaven, so I needed to use them up quickly. This Best Banana Cake is one of my all time favorite ways to use up ripe bananas, but I decided to change it up some. I used all butter and changed out some of the sugar. Then I added a little bit of dark chocolate cocoa powder to give it that rich chocolate look and taste.
The best part of the cake though was the Nutella Frosting. Seriously, I couldn’t stop eating spoonfuls of it. I might have also scraped it off the last few pieces of cake. Oh, the cake is just as good, but after eating half the cake I was trying to cut calories somewhere. Eating just the frosting was how I did that for today!
Now that I am in a sugar coma, I think I’m ready to take the next call. Well, as long as it isn’t a college or a girl for my son. There isn’t enough sugar in the world to get me ready for those two things.
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For the Chocolate Banana Cake
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups smashed ripe banana (3)
For the Nutella Frosting
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup Nutella
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 4 tablespoons whipping cream
- chocolate curls or sprinkles
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat again.
- Stir together the salt, baking soda, cinnamon, flour, and cocoa powder. Slowly add to the butter mixture alternately with the smashed bananas.
- Spread in a greased 9x13 pan. Bake for 30-32 minutes. Let cool completely.
- In a mixing bowl, beat the butter, vanilla, salt, and Nutella until creamy. Slowly add the powdered sugar and whipping cream. Beat until light and fluffy.
- Spread over the top of the cooled cake. Top with chocolate curls or sprinkles. Store in a tightly sealed container on the counter. Cut into 24 squares.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 245Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 175mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 2g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and are not guaranteed to be accurate. If you need special diet advice, please see a registered dietician.
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