Walnut Banana Cake with Chocolate Ganache

IMG_1496Hello all– If you’re as nutty about nuts as I am, you’ll love this cake– plus there’s banana and there’s chocolate.  But the cake is loaded with walnuts and has candied walnuts up on top.  It’s a crunchy, banana-y, fudgy delight.


3 very ripe bananas
1  1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup oil
3 eggs
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tab. butter
8 oz. chocolate chips (1  1/3 cups)

Nuts on top:
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup sugar

IMG_1502Smash the bananas with a fork until they are thoroughly smushed.  Then stir in the sugar, oil and eggs.  Next mix in  the flour, baking powder and salt.  Fold in 1 cup of chopped walnuts.

Spoon the batter into a 9″x13″ baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. (–or I used a 10 1/2″ springform pan so I could serve it out of the pan)

Drop into a 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until the cake is even browned and firm to the touch.

Take the cake from the oven and let it cool.


To make the ganache, bring the cream and butter to a low simmer in a heavy pan on the stove top.  Take it off the heat and stir in the chocolate chips until they melt.

Beat the mixture for 3 or 4 minutes to bring out the gloss.  Then spoon the ganache over the cake.

Sugared Nuts:

In a heavy skillet, mix together the 1/3 cup sugar and 1 cup walnuts.  Stir over medium heat until the sugar completely melts and turns a pretty caramel color and coats the nuts.  Keep stirring the whole time or it may burn!

Turn the nuts out of the pan onto a piece of foil, separating them with your spoon as they land on the foil and let them cool.

When they are cooled sprinkle them over the cake.   Bon appetit!


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