Saturday, June 23, 2012

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake Using a Cake Mix Recipe

My sisterinlaw  Theresa Colenzo, gave me this fabulous pedestal cake plate that was her parents (RIP) I am so honored to be able to have this memento from them, as I will cherish it. While visiting recently in my home town, Utica N.Y., she gave me this to take home. So I decided to make a cake and feature it on this gorgeous vintage cake plate.

Amazing light in texture banana cake made with a cake mix and chocolate!

A delicious moist cake no one can tell it's made with a cake mix!

Mini bundt pans

Dress this cake up to make it for special occasions.....

Plain cake with a dusting of powdered sugar, it's still fabulous!

4 eggs
1 box of yellow or white cake mix
1 cup heavy cream (I have used evaporated milk or sour cream too)
8 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder like Hershey's
1/2 cup chocolate chunk style chips
1/3 cup canola oil
3 very ripe bananas

Heat oven to 350 degrees and in the meantime prepare the pans you will use. I used two mini bundt pans and a large bundt pan. You can also use a 13x9 sheet cake. The cake will rise nicely and be full. Generously grease your pan and set aside.
In a large bowl with either a hand mixer or a Kitchen aid, beat all ingredients above for at least two minutes.
Using a spatula, carefully empty into your prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees.  Baking time varies. If using the small bundts this takes around 25 minutes testing with a toothpick in the center. The larger cakes take around 45 to 50 minutes.
Garnishing these cakes are so much fun and versatile. Some suggestions: decorate with fresh fruits and whipped cream like a banana split. Try some whipped cream, ice cream of choice and hot fudge sauce. Or keep it simple as it is super moist cake with just some powdered sugar. A light glaze will be delicious too. Have fun and enjoy!
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