January 20, 2006

There Goes the Cake

Mexican Monkey Cake
from one of my favorite blogs Farmgirl Fare

This cake is one that will fulfill your chocolate craze and you all know we get them. I've had this recipe from Farmgirl in my "To Do" List of Recipes for awhile now. I'm always finding new recipes from my cookbooks, friends and farm newspapers and magazines. This recipe has been sitting there for months and I finally needed some sweets the other night and this made life perfect. Don't laugh, we all need sweets and chocolate...

Makes One 8-Inch Square Cake
1-3/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
2/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick/4 ounces) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1-1/4 cups mashed, very ripe bananas (they cannot be too ripe)
2 Tablespoons yogurt or sour cream
1 Tablespoon milk
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees (325 if using a glass pan such as Pyrex). Grease an 8"x8"x2" baking pan.

In a small bowl, combine chocolate chips, brown sugar, walnuts (if desired), and cinnamon; set aside.In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, and egg with an electric mixer until fluffy (I use a hand held mixer). Add bananas, yogurt, and milk, and mix well. On low speed, beat in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt just until blended.Spread slightly more than half of the batter in the pan. Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon streusel. Carefully spread the remaining batter over the streusel and then top with the rest of the streusel.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 40 to 50 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.This cake tastes even better the next day, and it freezes beautifully. You can freeze the cake whole or cut it into pieces, wrap them tightly in plastic, and place them in a zipper freezer bag. Defrost at room temperature.


farmgirl said...

So glad you enjoyed the cake! : )

Anonymous said...

Oh my god does that look aweosme! It makes me hungry...