this weekend, i wanted to make a chocolate cake. a basic, everyday sort of chocolate cake. the kind that fixes a snack craving and a chocolate craving, but in a balanced sort of way.
this cake, it doesn’t do that. i started out by reading deb’s recipe and then reading reviews of her recipe and then deciding that i didn’t want a dry cake. to be fair, i don’t have the slightest idea if this cake would have been dry, but i wanted something moist and i was second guessing myself.
so, i added bananas. and along the way, some of the flour was replaced with whole wheat flour. and then, eventually, we ate it for breakfast on monday. and on tuesday. and we will probably eat it tomorrow as well.
as cake goes, it’s healthy enough that you can eat it for breakfast. yet, it’s tasty enough to serve it for dessert.
chocolate breakfast cake
makes one 9×13 pan
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 cup buttermilk
2 bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
preheat the oven to 325°F. butter and lightly flour a 9×5×3-inch loaf pan, or spray it with a butter-flour spray.
in a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
add the sugars and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. add the egg and beat well, then the buttermilk, mashed bananas and vanilla.
sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt together right into your wet ingredients.
stir together with a spoon until well-blended but do not overmix.
scrape down the batter in the bowl, making sure the ingredients are well blended.
pour the batter into the prepared (sprayed, buttered or parchmented) pan. ‘
bake for 60 to 70 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
cool in pan on a rack for about 10 to 15 minutes, at which point you can cool it the rest of the way out of the pan.