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Delightful Banana Cake Recipe
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Delightful Banana Cake Recipe

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Nuts and chocolate chips add fun flavor in this cake that feeds a crowd. And there's so much delicious browned butter drizzle, you'll wonder how this one is light; but it is! Vicki Raatz - Waterloo, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter, softened, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 to 3 medium)
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fat-free milk

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 283 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 220 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.


  1. Place egg whites in a small bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, beat 1/4 cup butter and 1 cup sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add egg yolks; mix well. In a small bowl, beat the bananas, sour cream, applesauce and vanilla until blended. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to the butter mixture alternately with banana mixture. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and remaining butter; stir until smooth. Cool slightly; stir in water.
  3. Beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff glossy peaks form and sugar is dissolved. Fold into batter. Fold in walnuts.
  4. Coat a 10-in. fluted tube pan with cooking spray and sprinkle with flour; add a third of the cake batter. Drizzle with half of the chocolate mixture. Repeat layers; top with remaining batter.
  5. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. For drizzle, in a small heavy saucepan, melt butter until lightly browned. Remove from the heat; stir in the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle over cake. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Delightful Banana Cake in Healthy Cooking October/November 2008, p44

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 283 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 220 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

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Reviewed Sep. 1, 2014

"This was a very nice cake...I left the choc chips out because we like it without them."

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"I don't know where I went wrong, but it didn't turn out anything like the photo. I prepared everything ahead as usual, but by the time I got the egg whites whipped, and the chocolate melted, the cake batter had "fallen", the chocolate had cooled so much that I had to remelt it, and the egg whites fell as well. The cake ended up being no taller than 2 inches, and although it tasted good, I won't make it again."

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2011

"Tastes very good! My brother liked this cake a lot! I used fat free sour cream and it worked great. However, this cake wasn't extremely moist like I expected. But it was moist enough. It looks spectacular!"

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"This was a fun recipe with great results. Took it to work - it flew off the plate. Even the crumbs were attacked. Lots of smiles and Mmmm's from those who got there in time to have some."

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2011

"So good! I added some almond extract to the icing... this recipe is a keeper!"

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