Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Marbled Banana Bundt Cake


I have been searching for a good banana cake recipe for the longest time. And believe me, I have collected a few recipes but as usual I sat on it. But when I saw Ann's very unusual looking Best Banana Bundt Cake, I was immediately sold! This recipe is originally from Dorie Greenspan's cookbook "Baking : From My Home to Yours". Ann said that this recipe has gotten very good reviews and it is in her opinion that this recipe is awesome and definitely a keeper.


It was just as well that I had plenty of ripe bananas leftover after I baked my Nutella Banana Muffins. I also bought a tub of sour cream. My auntie told me that sour cream is an important ingredient in banana cakes, and this recipe uses 200g of sour cream. Of course I did not want to be left with 50g of leftover sour cream so I just dumped the whole tub in. And as usual, I like to be a busybody and mess around with other people's recipe. My friend K. Nor refers to this as an "act of treason" (menderhaka) to the original recipe. Something that she does every now and then hee..hee...


I decided to make this banana cake into a chocolate marbled banana cake as I love the combination of chocolate and bananas. Besides, I wanted to try out the marbling techniques that I have watched on You Tube. I also wanted to bake this cake in a bundt pan so that the pan that my auntie gave me would be well used.


Whenever I am trying out a new recipe, I tend to get nervous.  However, my fears were unfounded with this lovely cake. It is always exciting to remove the cake from the pan. When I flipped it over, it came out very easily and I can't tell you how happy I was when this came out :


It smelled so wonderful, the mingling of chocolate and bananas and when I tasted my first slice, mmmm....I nodded my head in appreciation. Ann was right. This banana cake is awesome and is a keeper. It is moist, full of flavors and is a delight to the senses. I will definitely be baking this cake again. And maybe next time, I'll be a little bit extravagant and drizzle some chocolate ganache over top. Oooo....can't wait for that!









Marbled Banana Bundt Cake
Recipe Source : Adapted from Anncoo Journal

Ingredients :
- 300g self-raising flour
- 250g butter
-150g sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 4 very ripe bananas (about 370g without skin), mashed
- 1 tub sour cream (250ml)
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder mixed with 3 tablespoons hot water to make a paste

Method :
1. Preheat oven to 160C
2. Butter and flour the bundt pan and set aside
3. Sieve flour in a mixing bow and set aside
4. In a mixing bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add sugar and continue beating until pale and fluffy.
5. Beat in vanilla, and add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
6. Fold in mashed bananas (from here onwards I used a spatula to fold)
7. Mix in half the flour, fold gently and add all the sour cream followed by the remaining flour. Mix well.
8. Divide batter into two.
9. Mix one portion with the cocoa paste.
10. Alternate dollops of the plain batter and chocolate batter until all batter have been used up.
11. Using a butter knife, gently swirl the batter.
12. Bake for 65-75 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean (My cake was done in 45 minutes).
13. Put cake pan on a cooling rack and wait for 20 minutes before unmoulding the cake onto a rack to cool to room temparature.

60 comments:

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    1. Mas, boleh start hujung minggu ni!

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  2. Hi Phong Hong, your banana cake looks very pretty! Sounds so perfect to mix with cocoa powder, mmmm... I'm already smell the cake thru my screen :D

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    1. Ann, thanks to you I finally baked a banana cake!

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  3. Yum! Looks so good! Adding the marbling effect, makes it a very pretty cake! And the texture looks moist and soft. BFMHTY is one of my favourite baking book!

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    1. Joyce, this cake is really good. I was so in love with it hah! hah!

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  4. Hi PH, mind sending a 'few' slices over. Haven't tried baking banana cakes with cocoa powder. Wonderful idea.

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    1. Kimmy, this is a big cake and there's lots to share :) You should try this cake, it is really good.

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  5. this cake looks so lovely...
    i suka apa2 kek berasaskan pisang... sentiasa mendapat tempat di hati.. yummmy!

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    1. PH pun peminat kek atau kueh yang ada pisang. Memang sedap sekali!

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  6. What a wonderful looking cake. I can imagine the smell of sweet banana and chocolate coming from this cake. I like it a lot. Like Madihaa I suka any bakes using bananas :)

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    1. Gertrude, banana and chocolate is so yummy. And bananas happen to be one of my favourite fruits.

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  7. This cake has a gorgeous texture and bananas and chocolate really do go well together.

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    1. Mich, I always love bananas and chocolate. Once I melted some chocolate and dipped bananas in it. My God! It was soo good!

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  8. What a moist looking cake! Banana and chocolate is a great combination.

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    1. Yen, try this cake. I am sure you and your family will love it :)

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  9. I also bookmarked this recipe but now I know I gotta bake this for sure soon!

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  10. Baked a banana bread few days ago, and yours look so much more luxurious with the marbled effect!

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    1. Kelly, I got to try banana bread next. Curious what is it like :)

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  11. Banana cake always attract me....it usually turn out soft and moist which I like most. Chocolate and banana together sounds wonderful to me.

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    1. Mel, I love all kinds of bakes with bananas. But I know you love kumquats more :)

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  12. complimenti questo dolce alle banane sarà gustosissimo!!!un saluto...

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  13. Phong Hong your cake look so yummy and it also look so pretty .It must be moist from the look of it.I wonder how it taste like with cocoa.Never mind next time bake for me to eat.OK?

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    1. EE, guarantee I will bake this cake for you. Very sedap!

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  14. It seem everyone also like banana cake! can send few slices for my afternoon tea now? nothing to eat lar, hehehe..

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    1. Sonia, can, can! You must get ready kopi-o kaw-kaw hee..hee...

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  15. This cake looks really good!

    I am sold.

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    1. Angel, do try this cake. It is quite an easy cake to bake.

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  16. Phong Hong, I notice that you really like bundt cake a lot hoh? It looks so nice in the picture, must be very tasty too!

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    1. Jessie, now I am crazy about bundt cake. The shape is very nice, hor? If you like banana cake, you will love this cake a lot.

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    1. Ola, you must bake this banana cake! It is so delicious :)

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  18. This looks perfectly baked. nice clicks too

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    1. Thank you, Swasthi! The cake turned out well and tasted very good.

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  19. Very nice marbling effect, I like this combination too but bundt cakes are really too big for me! I shall have to buy a small one!

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    1. Thanks, Jeannie. Yah, it is a big cake and I gave most of it away :)

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  20. Hi Phong Hong! You are getting better and better with your baking!

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    1. Thanks, Alvin! Improvement is always good :)

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  21. Your "act of treason" paid off! What a gorgeous Bundt...and you aced the marbling!

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    1. Thank you, Lizzy! I guess I got a Royal pardon for that hee..hee...

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  22. Phong Hong, I love your marblaed Banana Bundt cake...so moist, and totally amazingly delicious. I had to smile to myself when you mentioned the bananas in your ingredients, without skin!...of course without skin. I did understand the amount of the bananas in weight, without the skin! Got it! Love the recipe, so different from the average banana bread!

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    1. Elisabeth, I was stating the obvious right? Hee..hee...When I was sitting for my exams, the lecturer told us that we should always state the obvious so that the examiner knows that we know. Guess I haven't kicked that habit :)

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  23. I don't like banana but love banana cake. Yours is marble one looks more attractive n I bet it taste extra flavour.

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    1. Li Shuan, you are funny! So you only eat banana if it is a cake hah! hah!

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  24. Hi PH, lovely cake you have there, love the marbling effect and the banana/chocolate combo, very yummy!

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    1. Thanks, it is a very good cake. I am so glad I baked it :)

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  25. oh, you sound so excited! so we shall be seeing more bundt cakes from phong hong? most of the time we also like to make changes here and there to the original recipe, i'm glad nobody makes it unlawful to do so..otherwise we sure go to jail! :D

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    1. Lena, I was thrilled when the cake came out nicely! You are right, I will be baking more bundt cakes soon hee..hee..diet kaput already :D

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  26. I love banana cake. Wah!!! Marble some more... I've never tried baking - must get down to it one of these days. Try baking some plain ones first.

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    1. Arthur, this is quiet an easy cake. I think you can do it with Melissa's help :)

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  27. This is such a beautiful cake!! I NEED to buy a bundt pan!!

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  28. Phong Hong,
    This bundt banana cake looks so inviting.
    It good to have this with a cuppa of kopi o hor!! heehee
    Can i have a big piece please?..:p

    mui

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    1. mui mui, I will give you one big piece with a cup of hot kopi-o kaw-kaw :)

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  29. Wow~ I need to try this cake~ Looks yummy~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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    1. Hi Lynn! Oh yes, you must try this cake. I bet you will fall in love with it!

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