Make Ahead

Better-than-Writing Banana Cake

August 22, 2009
0 Ratings
  • Serves 8
Author Notes

Ah, a few moments alone at the lake house at last. A rainy day, the perfect opportunity to get some writing done. But wait,. those bananas in the hanging basket are getting awfully black, and we have nothing for dessert this evening. Better make a cake. There's no loaf pan and no baking powder. I have baking soda, and the rum from the dark 'n' stormys we drank during last night's dark and stormy power outage will be a nice addition. I adapted this recipe from Aunt Hollys Banana bread, which appeared in Cookie Magazine in March 2009 and I found on This cake is fabulous for breakfast, tea time, or dessert. —Giulia Melucci

What You'll Need
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 11/2 teaspoon dark rum
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter and flour a 9-inch cake pan
  3. Mash the bananas in a large bowl,
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  5. Pour into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes.
  8. Invert onto plate and let it cool a little more.
  9. Serve on its own, or with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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3 Reviews

thevegedge March 26, 2012
This cake is delicious! I doubled the recipe but used only 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar, and it was plenty sweet. Fantastic with cream cheese frosting.
mtrelaun December 10, 2011
Funnily enough, I not only had 3 small bananas that were starting to look forlorn, but I was also procrastinating about a writing assignment. So I happy I took a break and made this cake instead of working. It's delicious!
Midge January 17, 2011
Ha! I stumbled upon this as I was thinking of posting my own banana cake creation made while I was supposed to be writing myself. Yours looks much better though!