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Category: Desserts

Clara Joslin's Banana Nut Cake With Chocolate Chips

Baking a cake from scratch is scary. You can tell this from supermarket aisles lined with cake mixes, and the scant likelihood of ever running into a homemade cake at an office party or potluck dinner. Cookbook author Susan G. ... Read more

Total time: 50 minutes | Serves 9
  • Shortening
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 large ripe bananas, thoroughly mashed, about 1 cup
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ, optional

Step 1Spread shortening on the bottom and sides of a (9-inch-square) baking pan. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

Step 3In the large bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until well blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Alternately add the dry ingredients and the mashed bananas to the batter, beating slowly after each addition. Stir in the nuts, chocolate chips and wheat germ if used. Spoon the batter into the pan, smooth the top evenly, then spread the batter slightly toward the pan edges.

Step 4Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean and the cake is lightly springy to the touch, 30 to 35 minutes. Cut into squares to serve.

Each serving:
405 calories; 265 mg sodium; 74 mg cholesterol; 19 grams fat; 9 grams saturated fat; 56 grams carbohydrates; 6 grams protein; 1.87 grams fiber.
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