Friday, March 23, 2012

Chocolate Chunk Banana Pudding with Banana Chocolate Cake

I brought this magical cake to work to help celebrate a coworker's Birthday and the end of the week! Hooray for Friday!! And in case you are wondering....the entire cake was gone in 8 minutes!!
Yes, I counted. Yes, with a stop watch!

Never was there a more perfect marriage of ingredients than when Bananas and Chocolate mated together! Well, that's if you don't count Wine and Cheese or Chocolate and Chocolate....

Aaannyways...the point is....this cake is THE BOMB. It's an explosion of flavors that you never thought could be achieved by a banana! Forget the boring old Banana Bread you've been making...this is Banana Bread on crack, yo! And before you ask, NO, it's not TOO much Banana in the recipe!

Upon tasting this beast of a dessert, my very health conscious coworker commented, "I've never in my life tasted anything like this. EVER!". Mind you, Sarah is as health conscious as pretty, tall, thin and gorgeous women come. So her review was like getting a five star Zagat rating! I was even surprised she tasted it, because she never so much as eats a cookie even!

Try it out and let me know what you think. How many Zagat stars would you give this dessert?

Banana Chocolate Cake...Hey if it ain't broke....
I love our original Chocolate Cake recipe so I stick with it. Just add 2 large bananas, pureed; to this recipe. You will need over ripe bananas.

Chocolate Chunk Banana Pudding
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 small banana, pureed (over ripe banana)
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 oz. semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

For the cream cheese mixture:
  • Beat cream cheese and sugar until nice and fluffy.
  • Add banana, egg and vanilla and mix together until combined.
  • Stir in chocolate chips and set aside.
For the chocolate mixture: follow the tried and tested recipe linked above. Just add the Banana puree when mixing the wet ingredients.

You MUST line your baking pan (I used a loaf pan) with parchment paper. This is a deliciously gooey cake and the parchment will help remove it from the pan, in one piece.

1. Fill the pan with the chocolate cake batter first.
2. Next, pour the pudding mix on top

Bake for about 30 minutes or until done (I had to bake it for almost 45 minutes, just do the jiggle test to see if the pudding on top is cooked through).

Let it cool completely!! DO NOT be impatient or the banana pudding will end up all over your kitchen counter instead of in your stomach!

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