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Delightful Banana Cake Recipe

Delightful Banana Cake Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 283 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 220mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein .

Reviews for Delightful Banana Cake

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t-macka 152874
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2014

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

expeditus 154415
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."

BakinGymnast 138247
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!"

barbklingbile 152823
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."

tjdtoh08 157334
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2011

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

bdonnelly20 161146
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2010

"This was DELICIOUS! I omitted the walnuts/pecans. Everyone raved about this - loved how moist it was. Couldn't even taste the applesauce. Definitely will be making this many more times!"

mrestani 86350
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2008

"This cake was delicious! I used 1 cup of blueberries instead of the chocolate and omitted the nuts....YUMMY!"

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