Monthly Archives: May 2011

Cooking: Banana Walnut and Chocolate cake/bread

I found this Banana Walnut and Chocolate cake recipe on and wanted to save it here with proper measurements for future reference.

  • 187.5g flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 113.5g butter
  • crushed or chopped dark chocolate
  • 1 packet walnuts (about 100g)
  • 200g sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2-3 bananas
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract

As per the recipe on

Preheat oven to 180°C . Butter and flour a small metal bread loaf pan. Whisk first 4 ingredients in medium bowl to blend. Combine chocolate chips and walnuts in small bowl; add 1 tablespoon flour mixture and toss to coat.

Beat butter in large bowl until fluffy. Gradually add sugar, beating until well blended. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Beat in mashed bananas, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Beat in flour mixture. Spoon 1/3 of batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with half of nut mixture. Spoon 1/3 of batter over. Sprinkle with remaining nut mixture. Cover with remaining batter. Run knife through batter in zigzag pattern.

Bake bread until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour in an oven assisted fan. Turn out onto rack and cool.

In case I don’t read the baking soda instructions again, the lemon juice helps to activate the bicarbonate and helps with the cake rising.  No lemon juice  = flat cake.