Chocolate Banana Cake

By now you may have noticed I have a bit of a thing for chocolate, and for bananas.

In this recipe two of my favourite ingredients have been combined to make an simple,  moist chocolate banana cake.

Chocolate Banana Cake

1 1/2 cups plain wholemeal flour

3/4 cup self-raising flour

2/3 cup cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup caster sugar

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 large overripe bananas, mashed

3/4 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup vegetable oil


1 1/2 cups icing sugar

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

2 tablespoons milk, warmed


Preheat oven to 180C.  Lightly grease an 8-cup capacity, 24cm fluted ring tin.

Sift flours, cocoa, bicarbonate soda and baking powder into a large bowl.  Add husks from the sieve.  Add sugar and stir to combine.  Make a well in the centre.

Combine eggs, banana, buttermilk and oil in a jug.  Pour into the well in the dry ingredients.

Stir to combine.

Spoon cake mixture into prepared tin and smooth the surface.

Bake for 40 – 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.  Leave cake in the tin for 5 minutes.  Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

To make the icing:

Sift icing and cocoa into a bowl.  Add milk.  Using a wooden spoon, mix until smooth.

Pour icing over the cooled cake.  Using a flat-bladed knife/spatula, spread over top.  Allow icing to run down the sides.  Stand for 20 minutes or until icing sets.