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I cannot believe how quickly time is flying by lately. When I was little it felt like every minute clicked by and the year went even slower. I couldn’t even imagine getting older, living away from home or ever being married with a little family of my own and now here I am. 40, 60 and even 80 don’t seem that far away. Ok, maybe 80 still seems pretty far away, but life is truly moving quickly. One moment I’m playing barbies with my dream beach house and the next I’m baking up an easy chocolate banana cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting.

 

Sinful and Easy Chocolate Banana Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting ohsweetbasil.com

 

And not only that, but it’s for a blog. A blog! Things have changed so much. I remember when we first got a car phone. Haha, can you believe it wasn’t even a cell phone, but a car phone. It was ginormous, black and only used in case of emergency or if my dad had an important work call. The antennae should have been able to call in aliens with how big it was.  My kids can’t even figure out what to do with a phone on the wall. No really, they don’t know how to answer one. I can’t imagine what they would think if time went backwards.

 

But since you brought it up…

 

Sinful and Easy Chocolate Banana Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting ohsweetbasil.com

 

4 Things I’d Embrace Again

1. No cell phones~

I’m probably the only person in the world that would say this, but when I really think about it I know it’s definitely my number 1. I miss that vacations were a way to literally get away. People didn’t get a hold of you, and no one was taking phone calls at the beach. We were probably safer on the road too. I didn’t look up any stats because I’m busy munching on the new CRUNCHY CLUSTERS Brookside Chocolates, but I bet there’s something out there about it. In the end it’s mostly that I liked that people had to call and leave a message if you didn’t answer, and you didn’t get to it until you got home or got a minute.

 

2. Having Energy Like a Toddler~

Now I’m really sounding old but I look at these little kids who just go nonstop all day and night and run everywhere they go, like literally run, and I just can’t imagine having that kind of energy again. Let’s be clear though, it’s only the energy I want and not the floppy fingers that can’t tie shoes, get the buckles undone from my overalls, or having an early bed time.

 

3. Limited Internet~

I don’t think I could ever fully give up the internet as it answers so many questions so quickly for me, but I grow tired of a world that’s constantly “on”. Social media, email and youtube never seem to stop and while we can all choose to walk away more we all know we could do it more than we do.

 

4. No Tv~

GASP!!!!! Ok, I love a good movie so I wont get crazy and get rid of movies, but I’m tired of tv. I don’t like that kids want to plant themselves in front of it all day, and adults all night, and I hate the garbage shows that play and teach horrible values, language and ideas. Too much junk. I bet if we had to go without tv shows we would reconnect more, play more games, go on more walks and have healthier relationships with our loved ones. Or maybe not and I am just tired of the noise of the tv. 🙂

What would you embrace again from the past?

 

How Do You Keep Bananas From Ripening Too Fast?

To slow down the ripening, you need to slow down the chemical reaction.

Cool temperatures will slow down the chemical reaction, so place bananas in the refrigerator once they are ripe.

Refrigerating bananas will make the peel turn black, but the banana will be just fine to eat.

You can also wrap the stems in some plastic wrap.

Re wrap each time you remove a banana from the bunch.

 

Is It All Right to Use a Banana That Has Turned Black?

Bananas often turn black if kept in the refrigerator.

Bananas will also ripen to the point of turning black.

Peel the banana and look at the insides.

If the banana is still pale in color, it is great for eating as is.

A banana that has turned black and is even starting to turn a light brown when peeled, has higher sugar content, is sweeter and is excellent for smoothies and for breads and cakes.

 

Can Banana Cake Be Frozen?

Most cakes, including banana cake can be frozen.

Just wait for the cake to cool completely and then wrap will in plastic wrap.

Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Easy Chocolate Banana Cake

Easy Chocolate Banana Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs, slightly whisked
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup ripe bananas, smashed

chocolate cream cheese frosting

  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablspoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray an 8×9″ baking dish.
  3. In a standing mixer, combine the butter, sugars, vanilla and eggs until smooth and creamy.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  5. Whisk well.
  6. Alternating between the dry ingredients and banana, add a little of each to the butter mixture, mix a little and then add a little banana, and back and forth until you’ve used everything up.
  7. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Ours was 26 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool a little while you make the frosting.

Frosting

  1. In a bowl using a hand held mixer, combine the cream cheese, butter, heavy cream, cocoa and powdered sugar.
  2. Pour over the slightly warm cake and gently frost the top.

Serve warm or room temperature.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 9 servings, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 369 Calories
  • Total Fat: 14.4g
  • Cholesterol: 75.4mg
  • Carbohydrates: 59.9g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 42.9g
  • Protein: 4.6g
All images and text ©Carrian Cheney for Oh Sweet Basil.

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Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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26 comments on “Easy Chocolate Banana Cake”

  1. Great recipe, I made a peanut butter frosting to top it, and it was moist and delicious. The family enjoyed it.

  2. Hi.can someone post a picture or to tell me how it must look that cup we must using for sugar or other ingredients. .size I mean. Thank you.:)

  3. Oh, there are so many things I could give up. I miss when kids went outside to play, rather than sitting in front of a screen all day. I miss corded phones (yes, I REALLY, truly do!), I miss the days when keeping in touch with your friends and family, meant you went to each other’s homes, talked over a cup of coffee face-to-face, rather than texting, “liking” someone’s page, or sending the occasional email. And how I miss that programming went off at 10:30 p.m., right after the evening news. Who else remembers the American flag and the national anthem, followed by static, that signaled the end of another programming day? I could easily give up the cell phones, laptops, bluray players, and most other technology (though I’d be hard pressed to sacrifice my super-fast coffee maker).

  4. I see so many recipes calling for heavy cream, it’s something I have never even bought, so I never make the recipes. Is there anything that can be substituted or mixed together to take its place. ( for example, the way you can mix vinegar with regular milk, to make buttermilk.)

  5. Can you tell what do you mean by cream cheese for frosting, can we use philadephia or the other cheese, also i have a cream that come in powder form so when I beat it ,it becomes fluffy can I use it instead of heavy cream . Thanks

  6. I don’t have an 8×9 pan. What do you think aboutmaking a double batch and using a 9×13 pan?

  7. I just made this cake today. Very very good and moist. Only thing I noticed was it didn’t seem to be quite as sweet as I like. I think when I make again I will add a bit more sugar. Otherwise spot on. Very good cake. Will definitely be making this again.

  8. This combo sounds so good right now! I know what you mean about unplugging – we got rid of our cable TV when our son was just under 1 and while I miss it sometimes, it is much better for our family overall!

  9. I’ve already sort of gotten rid of t.v. I refuse to pay for cable and my boyfriend is very good about finding the shows we want to watch. We’re mostly a movie family, and it would be perfect to settle down for a movie with a slice of this delicious looking cake!

  10. Oh I am so with you, time is flying by way too quickly!! I too long for the days before cell phones. I know they make life so convenient, but man – I love the days when everyone wasn’t always on their phone! Oh well, I guess such is life. P.s. those brownies look to die for!

  11. This cake has my name written all over it!

  12. Time is moving too quickly! I could totally give up TV, and I’m right there with you about the kids always asking for a show. We’ve seriously considered canceling our cable, and might do so soon. This cake looks delicious. That chocolate cream cheese frosting is calling my name!

  13. yeah it prob. wouldn’t kill us to unplug a little! lol

    This cake looks AMAZINGG-I totally thought they were brownies at first because they looks so moist and chocolatey–they fact that it’s a cake makes it even better! especially with that chocolate cream cheese frosting, mmmm