Friday, January 22, 2010

Wacky Banana Cake

This recipe is adapted from my Better Homes and Gardens Baking Book and it's in a section called Baking with Kids. This should tell you how easy this recipe is! It's so good, too. The original recipe calls for chocolate chips and butter, but you can easily substitute carob or vegan chocolate chips and margarine. It's called Wacky Banana Cake because you mix all the ingredients right in the baking dish.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
2/3 cup mashed banana
6 Tb. margarine, melted
1/4 cup cold water
1 Tb. vinegar
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips or carob chips
1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional, but a delicious addition)

In an ungreased 8x8x2 in. baking pan, stir together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add the bananas, melted margarine, cold water, and vinegar to the dry mixture. Stir until just combined. Sprinkle the chocolate or carob chips over the top of the cake. Bake in a 350 degree oven 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Halfway through the baking time, sprinkle the nuts over the top of the cake. When done baking, remove from oven and cool in pan on a wire rack.

Yield: 9 servings

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