Let Him Eat Cake

Today is my husband’s birthday!

We began celebrating this past weekend with a party at a bar, and will continue tonight with a nice dinner and of course, cake.

What is a birthday without cake?!

Normally I would head to Sweet Mandy B’s for birthday treats; but this year I decided to bake instead.

Once my husband’s request for Chocolate Chip Banana Cake had been placed, I began searching for the perfect recipe. I stumbled upon a fitting recipe from Robin of All Things Heart and Home.

I must admit I was quite impressed with the finished product, especially since this was my first attempt making a two-layered cake. The cake was moist and had the perfect ratio of chocolate chips to cake. And the chocolate frosting was unreal – sweet, rich and finger-licking good. Literally.

Needless to say, my husband is having a very good birthday! 

Adding the eggs, one at a time

Banana and mini chocolate chips

Batter poured, ready to bake


Banana Chocolate Chip Cake


Slice of heaven

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake

What You Need

    For cake:
  • 1½ cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ sticks of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups buttermilk
  • 6 ounces mini chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
  • For chocolate frosting:
  • 12 ounce bag chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate)
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1½ cup butter
  • 5 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • NOTE: This makes an excessive amount of frosting; you could cut the recipe in half and still have plenty.

What To Do

  1. Preheat oven to 300°
  2. Grease and flour 2 round cake pans (size wasn’t specified but I used 9 inch rounds)
  3. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. With electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Then stir in vanilla.
  6. Beat in the flour mixture alternating with the buttermilk.
  7. Stir in the bananas and mini chocolate chips.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  9. Bake for 50 minutes to an hour, or until a tooth pick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  10. Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes (this is supposed to make the cake moist, tested and true!)
  11. When cake has cooled, frost cake.
  12. For the frosting:
  13. Combine the chips, half and half, and butter in a saucepan.
  14. Stir over low heat until melted and combined.
  15. Put in mixing bowl and mix in the powdered sugar (it will be think frosting).
  16. Put the bowl in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Mix again with mixer until frosting is a good consistency. Chill more if still too thin.

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