My eldest daughter turned 9 in the middle of March. I wasn't in the mood to do any baking but it just didn't feel right not to prepare anything for her. So as usual, I baked a cake for her to share with her friends at the day care centre. I know kids just love chocolate so I decided to bake a chocolate & banana cake with a simple chocolate ganache. Excuse the decor as I was like really pressing for time :-( But I was very happy that all the kids enjoyed the simple cake I did.
A slice of the cake (extra cake I did to celebrate at home)
The original recipe is taken from BBC Goodfood I skipped the crumble topping and used brown sugar and replaced the chocolate with dark chocolate (my favourite).
Here is the recipe with my changes. I double the recipe and baked in an 9 inch baking pan and with some excess I pour into a small about 6inch pan or you can use a loaf pan.
100g dark chocolate, melted by double boil or microwave
150g butter , softened
175g brown sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
175g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
25g cocoa powder
2 large bananas, peeled and mashed
170g cream (dairy or non-dairy)
170g semi-sweet choc chips or anything choc that you like (sometimes I use more for thicker ganache)
1. Heat the oven to 180C
2. Cream together the softened butter and caster sugar until pale and fluffy, gradually add the egg, beating well between each addition
3. Sift together the flour, baking powder and cocoa and fold in using a large metal spoon
4. Add the mashed banana and chocolate and mix well
5. Pour into a greased and line baking pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean
6. Cool on a rack and then frost it with the ganache
7. For the ganache, heat the cream till you see bubbles at the side of the pan and add the choc and stir till all is melted, leave it to cool before use