This post was supposed to be up yesterday. But I developed cold feet. The cake as far as I am concerned is just above average with respect to texture.But full marks on the taste category. Easy to make but a bit dense and thick thanks to banana. Then again I genuinely liked the cake and kept on munching on it.Not being a great fan of PB or even the banana I was surprised at the rate with which I kept on munching! I had seen this recipe from Skippy and twisted it a bit by adding cocoa powder. Do give it a try may be you can do better than me.
All Purpose Flour: 1 1/4 cup
Baking Powder: 1/2 tsp
Unsalted Butter: 1/2 cup softened
Sugar: 1 cup
Egg /Egg replacer: 1 large (1.5 pkd tsp of Ener G whipped with 3 tbsp of water + more water in tbsp as needed)
Banana: 1 large mashed
Peanut Butter: 1/3 cup
Cocoa Powder: 4 tsp heaped (almost 2 tbsp )
Boiling Water: 1-2 tbsp
Mix together flour and baking powder. Cream together butter and sugar. Add in egg and mashed banana and beat on medium speed till fully blended. Beat in the flour-baking powder mix on low speed until combined. The batter should resemble cake batter -a bit liquidy, but this one was too thick similar to a spread. So I added 1-2 tbsp of water to get a consistency that atleast resembles a cake batter.
Remove half cup of batter and beat in the peanutbutter until well blended. To the remaining batter, mix in cocoa powder. It is better to first mix together the cocoa and 1-2 tbsp of boiling water and then blending this paste with the batter. I feel, if you go for the second method, the cake will be more lighter. But thats my opinion.
Spread the cocoa batter in a lined and greased 8' inch square pan. Tap at the edges so that the batter spreads evenly. Spread the pb batter on top and make sure it spreads uniformly - my wasn't that uniform!. You can leave the layers as such or just swirl it in with a palette knife for a marbled effect. I did not go for the marbled look.
Bake in a preheated oven at 350F for about 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Take out the pan and cool on the rack for 10 minutes, after which remove the cake to the wire rack to cool completely.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with fruit or icecream cutting into mini squares.
A simple cake with a average texture,great choco banana pb taste -none of them too less or overpowering,. Each having a distinct taste,each blending very well with the others. My daughter and myself loved the cake whereas from my husband it was a thumbs down right from the texture. Will I be making this again? Yes,definitely. but with more liquid for sure and would also aim for a better texture.