I had been dying to bake this cake for ages, but my boyfriends doesn't like it (at least he claims he doesn't), which makes baking it a very dangerous thing for me to do. The reason it's dangerous is that if this cake is in my kitchen, I WILL eat it, and within long I will have devoured an entire cake. I could freeze it, but what can be frozen can be defrosted, within minutes with the help of a microwave oven, so that won't help. It will call my name from the freezer, and I will do its bidding.
I considered inviting some friends over, but that's pretty much impossible for me these days, since my exams are claiming my every waking minute. That's why the other day, when a couple of my colleagues at work were jokingly trying to get each other to bring cake, I screamed with excitement, "I will!". Not sharing my love of spending time in the kitchen, they asked me if I was serious, but soon understood that I was. Very serious. As one of them left work a few hours later, she casually suggested that I bake banana cake and was once again baffled by my excitement when I screamed, "thats EXACTLY what I had in mind!"
When this was first served to me by my very best sugar-loving buddy, I immediately asked for the recipe. Every time I have served it to friends since, someone has asked for the recipe. It's the gift that keeps on giving.
FYI: In spite of the addition of fruit, this cake is packed full of calories. Ye be warned!
This portion was big enough to feed my entire office. It can easily be halved, in which case I normally bake it in a 31x11 centimetre bread tin. This one I baked in a 35x25 centimetre baking tray.
Banana cake with chocolate chips:
280 grams salted butter (Soft)
360 grams sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
The seeds from half a vanilla pod
360 grams of plain flour
5 ripe bananas (the riper the better)
100 grams dark chocolate, roughly chopped
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.
In a bowl, mix together butter and sugar, and whisk until white and fluffy. Add the eggs and stir well. Add baking powder, bicarbonate, cinnamon, vanilla seeds and flour, and mix thoroughly. In another bowl, mash up the bananas and add them to the dough, followed by the roughly chopped chocolate. Pour the dough into a tin lined with baking paper, and bake in a preheated oven for 35-40 minutes (Maybe more, maybe less, depending on your oven).
Leave to cool, if you can wait that long!