Hello there– This is one of those friendly little cakes that you can put together in just a few minutes– warm and homey. I made this one to drop off for a friend who has sisters fly in for a “sister week” every year. They bicycle and spend a couple days down by the beach, cook together and talk and laugh and talk… They’ve been doing it forever through the ups and downs of life. …I hope they all like the cake.
BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP CAKE
1 large banana, smashed
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup dark chocolate chunks*
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (or more if you like nuts as much as I do)
Smash the banana in a big mixing bowl. Then stir in the oil, brown sugar. egg and vanilla. Second, blend in the flour, baking powder and salt. And finally mix in the chocolate and nuts. The batter will be stiff–turn it into a 9″ cake pan or springform pan** sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, just until it is fully set and firm to the touch. (better a bit mushy the over baked!) Last step–share some with a friend.
*I used the Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips– they are bigger, brighter than regular chips.
** I like a springform pan because it’s easier to get the cake out of the pan and onto a pretty cake plate to serve it up.