Banana Chocolate Bundt Cake

I don’t know which makes life feel more like an episode of the Twilight Zone right now – living life on lock down because of Covid 19 or my husband & I baking a cake together for the first time in 34 years together. Either way, I’m looking forward to lock down being a thing of the past & really hope that Ralph will continue helping me cook!

 

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Having bananas to use up seems to be the story of my life sometimes. This time, I wanted something chocolate & had a devil’s food cake mix in the pantry. Voila! Banana Chocolate Bundt Cake! The acidity of the buttermilk gives the cake a lighter crumb and allows the bananas to give moisture without making the cake too heavy or dense. Adding cinnamon to the cake and the glaze really takes it up a notch.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 (18.25 oz) devil’s food cake mix – I use Duncan Heinz
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray bundt pan with Baker’s Joy or grease & flour.
  2. Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer until blended, scraping as needed.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Smooth evenly. Place pan in oven & bake for 38-40 minutes.
  4. Remove pan from oven & cool for 20 minutes. Flip onto a cake carrier or plate, remove from pan, cover with tea towel or bread cloth, & cool for another 30-45 minutes. While the cake continues to cool, prepare the glaze.
  5. Once the cake has cooled, pour glaze evenly over cake.

 

Glaze

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

 

Directions

  1. Place sugar, butter, and milk into heavy bottomed saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring, until butter melts and mixture starts to boil. Boil, stirring, for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Stir in cocoa powder and chocolate chips until melted and well combined.
  3. Stir in vanilla and cinnamon.
  4. Set aside to cool and thicken.
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