Saturday 9 July 2011

Banana, chocolate and chocolate raisin cake

Yes, you did read that correctly... chocolate raisins. I was looking round for inspiration for something to do with a very over-ripe banana. Just the one. Not the three or four called for by most recipes for banana bread. So I decided to make something up of my own. Hence the looking round for inspiration. And then my eyes landed on a lonely, unloved looking packet of white chocolate raisins. Don't ask why I bought them... being on special offer probably definitely had something to do with it, because I have to be in the right mood to want raisins, and white chocolate isn't my favourite either... I really don't understand myself sometimes! Anyway, the raisins seemed to be good for baking with. And once I'd decided that chocolate was the way to go I had to add some dark chocolate too, just because that's my true chocolate love.

So here we go...

Banana, chocolate and chocolate raisin cake
140g very soft butter
100g golden caster sugar
75g light muscovado sugar
1 very overripe banana, mashed
3 eggs
100g wholemeal self raising flour
125g self raising flour
65g dark chocolate, chopped small (or you could use more white chocolate)
100g white chocolate coated raisins

- Preheat the oven to gas 4/180C. Grease and line a small baking/roasting tin 20x23 cm.
- Cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the mashed banana and mix.
- Add the eggs and flour and beat until well combined.
- Stir in the white chocolate raisins and chocolate.
- Spread into the prepared tin and bake for 40 minutes until risen, golden and an inserted cake tester comes out clean.
- Allow to cool on a wire rack.

Excellent, moist, light texture and the chunks of chocolate and juicy raisins in the cake were delicious, but then I think you can never really go wrong with chocolate and cake, especially in combination! Most of the white chocolate surrounding the raisins disappeared during baking - you can just see a raisin with a little of its white chocolate in the middle of the picture above. So in that respect, the experiment didn't work - the white chocolate vanished. Overall the cake was delicious, but without a pronounced banana flavour. Win.


Unknown said...

Looks divine! Very light too. I love the idea of thewhite chic raisins and I totally get what you mean about buying stuff you're not sure why you did. I do that all the time but I guess that makes for an interesting store cupboard!

Anne said...

I adore chocolate raisins, the milk choc version are a guilty pleasure of mine!

The cake looks scrummy and great use of just 1 banana, glad it found a such a delicious looking home!

cocoa and coconut said...

OOH! All of my favourite ingredients...banana, chocolate and dried fruit! How delicious!

Lisa said...

I love chocolate covered raisins. What a yummy idea to add them to this cake. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till tomorrow night and I'd love it if you'd come by and link your cake up.

The Caked Crusader said...

Great idea - I bet they added lovely texture and flavour

Maggie said...

I could eat banana bread every day and I love your recipe.

Caroline said...

Dom - my storecupboard is always interesting. My bank account less so!!!

Anne - thanks! My dad loves milk chocolate raisins, we always used to buy them for him when we were kids trying to think of birthday presents!

Brittany - thank you!

Lisa - sorry I missed your linky, I'll have to stop by soon.

CC - it was a pretty good cake, but a shame all the white choc disappeared!

Maggie - thank you :-) this cake wasn't that banana-ry though!

Alissa Josephine Hope said...

Wow! I like this. Yummy!


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