Banana Cake with Chocolate Frosting
Way back in early November, when we all really needed a big hunk of chocolate cake, I got together with my good friend and gluten free baker, Katie (brains behind the amazing blog The Fancy Duckling), to discuss the perils of humanity and how to make chocolate frosting without sugar. Both conversations led to a mutual understanding that there can still be good in this world, you just have to improvise.
Upon dissecting this recipe, Katie and I discovered that there are two kinds of people in this world, those who eat the frosting off a cake/cupcake first, and those who scrape it off all together. I have, admittedly, on more than one occasion, eaten frosting right out the tub. So needless to say, I don't understand the people in the latter camp. But at the same time, I don't blame them. Sometimes, frosting can be sickly sweet. This is where the genius of this recipe comes in (taken from the internet and tweaked by Ms. Fancy Duckling herself). It doesn't hit you over the head with sugar, and it still offers enough sweetness to satisfy.
So whether you're a no frosting person (how?) or a right out of the tub kind of gal or guy, this recipe will make both parties happy. And isn't that what we really want, anyway?
For the Cake:
makes 1 9x13 sheet cake, or two 8x8 round cakes
3 Cups Almond Flour
¾ Cup Tapioca Flour/Starch
¾ Cup Coconut Sugar
2 Tsp. Baking Soda
½ Tsp. Xanthan Gum
1 Tsp. Chinese 5 Spice
½ Tsp. Salt
¼ Cup Earth Balance, melted
2 Tbls. Lemon Juice + ½ Cup Cashew Milk (or any milk prefer), combine
2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
4-5 ripened Bananas, mashed
For the Frosting:
2 Cups of Sweet Potatoes (about 6 potatoes, depending on size), cubed and boiled in large pot until tender (YES, you read that correctly!)
10oz. 70% dark chocolate
For the cake:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease 1 9x13 sheet pan with shortening, Earth Balance, butter, or any alternative you choose.
- Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Create a hole in center of dry ingredients.
- Dump the mashed bananas in the center. Do not mix.
- Pour in the melted Earth Balance and the vanilla. Do not mix.
- Pour the milk/lemon mixture over top.
- Mix with a fork to evenly incorporate everything.
- Pour into greased pan.
- Bake for 26-28 mins.
- Remove from oven and cool in pan completely before frosting.
For the frosting:
- Puree the sweet potatoes in a food processor or with a potato masher.
- Place pureed sweet potatoes into a medium saucepan and heat on low heat.
- Once heated through, add the chocolate in 1-inch pieces.
- Mix until chocolate in thoroughly melted and incorporated.
- Remove from heat and cool.
Eat and enjoy!!
Make this delish cake for your office holiday party or for yourself. Make it for your friends and family. Make it for the hope of peace on earth and good food for all.