Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel

I do my grocery shopping once a week and I will buy big bunch bananas to last us for a week and normally towards the end of the week at least 3-4 bananas will be over-ripe. So the over-ripe bananas will end up in my baking. If you are a fan of banana cake and chocolate this cake is for you. This cake is incredibly moist, light and chocolaty. I am submitting this cake to Aspiring Bakers #7: Chocolate Delight (May 2011) , hosted by Doris of Tested & Tasted.

Coffee cake is intended to be served with coffee or for similar breaks and snacks. Under this definition, a coffee cake does not need to contain coffee. They are typically single layer cakes that may be square or rectangular or loaf-shaped rectangular cakes. Coffee cakes are typically flavored with cinnamon, nuts, and fruits. These cakes sometimes have a crumbly or crumb topping called streusel and/or a light glaze drizzle. Some similarity to teacakes may be found, though teacakes are often smaller individual items served with tea


2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 sticks/3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (4 bananas)
2 eggs
4 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

Streusel Topping:

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and line an 8” x 8” square baking pan with parchment paper, overhang on both side (for easy removing your bars later)
2. Combined chocolate chips, brown sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon, salt in small bowl. Mix well and set streusel aside.
3. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat sugar, butter until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, one at a time until well incorporated into the butter.
4. Beat in mashed bananas, vanilla and milk. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Do not over beat the mixture.
5. Spread half of batter into the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with half of streusel. Repeat with remaining batter and streusel. Bake the coffee cake for 50 minutes or until tester inserted into center comes out clean. Cool coffee cake in pan on rack before removing it. Cut into square and serve.


ann low said...

I saw many bloggers made this popular cake lately. Will surely make this yummy cake when I have over riped bananas.

lena said...

i know how a banana and chocolate combination will make us go gaga but i havent really tried bananas with coffee but i can sense how aromatic it can be and am pretty sure that this will also get me going gaga!!

Alice said...

very nice combo!

Anonymous said...

Hi I'm a fan of banana n chocolate.I'm just wondering where does the coffee come in? I do not see it under ingredients.

ReeseKitchen said...

I like it when you sliced the cake in small squares. Something new compare with those banana cakes I've baked...this is a must try..:) Thanks!

Jeannie said...

You always managed to slice your cakes into neat little squares...I somehow always make a mess:P

WendyinKK said...

I tried this recipe some time ago and it was very nice

The Sweetylicious said...

initially when i was ignorant, i thought why arent there coffee in coffee cake? is nice that you explain it and we all learn it (: anyways, the cake look so fluffy and yummy! (:

Meg Luby said...

holy gosh, i am a huge banana chocolate person annnnnnnnnnd, wow. this kicks! thanks for sharing, love this. your blog is always so fun :)
@ http://clutzycooking.blogspot.com

pigpigscorner said...

Banana and chocolate is the best combo!

Yummy Bakes said...

Streusel cake my favourite and I just bought a bunch of bananas.

Katie said...

Looks gorgeous! I love choc chips with banana bread rather than it being completely chocolaty. That way you get all the melty chips.
Sorry to read someone has been stealing your blog content!

Shereen said...

The writing in purple is specially for me is it..hahaha.Remember???
How did you managed to cut your cakes so beautifully?Whenever I cut mine,all senget-benget..even if I used a ruler..hahaha and worse,all very untidy,,crumbs and all.Did you use a special knife or what?
I am not surprised if the person who has been stealing your blog content also copied your special note to him/her in red.Maybe if she/he ic clever,he/she might change the name Food-Drink to My Kitchen Snippet instead...muahahaha!!

Elin Chia said...

Gertrude, I like them cut into small squares. It makes them look dainty :) Banana and coffee ...I can already imagine the taste of this cake. Yummyummm hungry just looking at them :) Must try this for sure. Have KIV this :) Thanks and I hope they don't come stealing from you again.

Cheah said...

Mmmm..... have bookmarked this! Looks so appealing!

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

What a coincidence! I have just baked a banana chiffon and Honey Bee has also just baked a chocolate banana chiffon... It's raining bananas!

Linda ong said...

Wow, look so delicious! Still a newcomer in cooking and baking, I'm so ignorant, thought coffee cake should have coffee content in it! Now I know
And can made for my 3 monsters! Thank you! Your blog is my inspiration! I must continue to "jia-you" even made a few failures! still learning....

Little Corner of Mine said...

I like the added streusel touch!

ICook4Fun said...

Ann, this is actually different from what other bloggers blog about. Totally different recipe :)

Lena, no coffee in the cake. It is just the name of the cake.

Alice, thanks.

Anon, thee is no coffee in the cake. It is just the name. Please read the highlighted text on this post.

Reese, I hope you try this cake out. They are delicious!!

Jeannie, thank you. I sliced it with a long serrated knife.

Wendy, this cake is good.

Sweetylicious, I kinda of expected people might think I forgot to put in the coffee in the ingredients that is why I added the extra text to the post.

Meaghan, thank you for your kind words.

ICook4Fun said...

Pigpigscorner, yes they are.

Yummy Bakes, mine too. I like the crunchy topping :)

Katie, oh yes. The melted chocolate chips are so addictive. Yea that person still stealing it

Shereen, no lah not for you. I knew someone might mistaken the name coffee in the cake and expected coffee in the ingredients :)I cut the cake using a long serrated knife and the cake needs to be really cold before cutting into it. You are so right, that person copied it again. Even with the warning I gave him/her...go figure!!! I think they don't understand ENGLISH or just don't give a damn :(

Elin, no coffee in the cake but I hope you try out this cake. Oh yea they stole it again!!

Cheahm thank you.

Shriley, I have yet to try out banana chiffon cake. Maybe tomorrow since I have 2 over-ripe bananas on the kitchen counter.

Linda Ong, thank for stopping by and your kind comment. Practive makes perfect and you will be good at it in no time.

LCOM, yea streusel is nice.

DG said...

Great combo and love the generous amount of chocolate chips on the cake!

Lisa said...

Wow, what a coffee cake! That streusel looks and sounds sensational. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday night and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your cake up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/05/sweets-for-saturday-19.html