It has been one of those weeks that desperately required a sweet. Not just any little ole sweet but a down and dirty, honest to goodness, sweet. Which for me is anything that includes chocolate.
I think this cake has it all. It’s totally and unabashedly sweet. The kind of sweet that requires either a large glass of milk or a lovely cup of tea. A cake rich with banana, dark chocolate, marshmallow cream and another drizzle of chocolate. I believe I have achieved my goal.
This cake recipe came from one of my favorite chocolate cookbooks written by Max Brenner, Chocolate, A Love Story. The original title is so fun it caught my eye immediately – Lipstick Banana Chocolate Cake Bonbons enrobed in well-behaved white chocolate and a nutmeg lady’s coat. How fun is that? It stopped my page turning immediately. I read through it, bookmarked it and now it’s one of my go to sweet recipes for when I need a little indulgence. I’ve made the recipe as written and then I’ve deviated. I think you know by now I love to deviate.
This is my deviated version, or one of them at least. I was too lazy to cut squares out of the cake to make the bonbons, so I decided to make the recipe using these cute little cupcake papers. Rather than topping these cakes with the white chocolate glaze, I did what I often do… top that cake with some marshmallow cream. I know, you can’t believe I have marshmallow cream in my pantry! I do. It sneaks in the pantry once a year around the holidays for baking and for dipping into with large spoons for general holiday merriment. For some reason my jar of marshmallow cream was never opened this last holiday. So I put it to good use on these cakes.
These are fun, festive and most of all, satisfies the sweet tooth!
I’m taking a little time off to enjoy my family this next week. A little hiking, a little biking, lots of reading, my daughter hopes a little shopping is included, definitely exploring some new restaurants and popping open that bottle of Rocca wine I’ve beens saving. If you are on Instagram I’ll be posting some candids of our week so be sure to check it out. And I promise I’ll post something completely delicious when I return. Happy Spring!
Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,
Cake recipe by Max Brenner from Chocolate, A Love Story
- 4 ripe bananas
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 1/3 cup sour cream or creme fraiche, room temperature
- 3/4 sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 3 tablespoons aged brown rum (I used 1 teaspoon rum extract)
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 ounces dark chocolate chips (I probably used a bit more)
- Marshmallow Cream
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate
- 1 tablespoon water