Just to celebrate today, I wanted to bake a cake. My last cake (baked in April, way too long ago) was with cranberries, hazelnut and orange juice, a real delight! But for today, I wanted something different, this also meant no cranberries… I absolutely love their sweet sourness and they would’ve done wonderful in this cake, but what to use next? Well… lot’s of chocolate, mostly dark, and BANANA!
My grocery list looked like this:
120 grams chocolate (I used 75 gram dark and 45 grams milk)
120 gram softened butter
60 gram brown sugar
90 gram normal sugar
60 ml milk
200 gram flower
1 teaspoon backing powder
hand full of walnuts
pinch of salt
new batteries for my kitchen scales (VERY IMPORTANT!)
First make sure your kitchen and supplies are clean. With cats running around, it’s better to check if there aren’t any hairs around than to find them after taking a bite… Turn on some music. You need to be happy when baking a cake! Also, preheat the oven at 180 degrees.
Crush the banana with a fork and put it aside. Mix the flower, salt and backing powder and put it aside. Crush the chocolate. Save a part of it to use later! Melt the rest of it au bain marie on low heat. When the chocolate is melted, put the bowl aside (and off the heat!).
Put a lump of butter in the cake pan and let it sit in the oven for a couple of seconds to melt. Take it out, and spin it around to make sure the cake pan is greased well. Or… use your special melted butter brush!
Mix the butter and sugars in a big bowl. Add the egg and the milk, the melted chocolate, the crushed banana, walnuts and selfmade chocolate chips. Stir it all together until it looks bubbly enough. Add the mixed flour and fold it all together until you don’t see any white spots anymore. (Folding instead of mixing it in, prevents the air to be beaten out of it again)
Pour the batter into the cake pan. Sprinkle some of the walnuts (and chocolate, but ofcourse I ate my leftovers…) on top. Bake in the oven and wait impatiently for 65 minutes. Meanwhile, eat the leftover batter and chocolate you didn’t get out of the bowls with YOUR FINGERS!
PS: pictures are a bit dark, my kitchen doesn’t have good lighting… :-(