Friday, May 3, 2013

Banana Chocolate Cake

Resepi: Ma Saly
Source: Joy of Baking 

2 cups  ( 400g) Granulated white sugar
1 3/4 cups ( 245 g) All purpose flour
3/4 cup (75 g) cocoa powder
1  1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1  1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup mashed ripe banana ( about 2 med size bananas)
1 cup (240 ml) warm water
1/2  cup (120 ml) milk
1/2  cup (120 ml) corn oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Ganache Frosting
8 ounces (227 grams)semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup (180 ml) heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon ( 14 g) unsalted butter

1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F (180 degrees C) and place rack in the centre of the oven. Butter, or spray with a non stick vege spray, 9 x 13 inch ( 23 x 33 cm ) pan. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl wrisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa pwder, baking soda and salt. set aside.

3. In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs, mashed bananas, water, milk, oil, and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir, or whisk, until combined. You will notice that the batter is quite thin. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

4. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. When completely cooled, frost with the Ganache.
Ganache: Place the chopped chocolate in a medium sized stainless steel, or heatproof bowl. Set aside. Heat the cream and butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Bring just boil. Immediately pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. When ganache has completely cooled. beat until soft and fluffy. Then spread the frosting on top of the cake. Can garnish with dried banana chips.