Chocolate Banana Cake

by aimee @ shugarysweets on June 22, 2011

Chocolate banana snack cake recipe

Do you always have bananas rotting on your counter too? Yeah, me neither. Actually I lie. There are weeks when my family eats 3 bunches of bananas, and weeks when those bananas get neglected. Most of the time those bananas get put into a smoothie, or into the freezer for later use. But sometimes, a girl has to bake. And oh my word is this cake good.

It tastes like banana bread, in a lighter, cakier form. Does that even make sense? Is cakier a word? Don’t judge. Go bake this soon. You won’t regret it.

Here’s the thing. It’s so good out of the refrigerator the next day. I can’t decide if I like it better plain or topped with nutella and walnuts. Maybe we can take a vote. Go make this and let me know what YOU think!

Chocolate Banana Cake

Yield: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 medium bananas, mashed
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup nutella, melted (optional)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts (optional)


  1. In mixer, blend butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg and vanilla, beat until combined. Blend in bananas. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. Divide batter in half. In one half of batter, add cocoa and mix until combined. Spread in bottom of greased 13x9 pan (I use my butter wrapper to grease the pan). Spoon remaining batter on top, spread with spatula. ****this will seem like a small amount of batter in the pan- trust me it bakes up fluffy****
  3. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Refrigerate.
  4. I like it best served the next day, out of the refrigerator. You can also dress it up by drizzling some nutella on top and some chopped walnuts. You decide!
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pictureperfectcooking June 22, 2011 at 11:45 am

Yum! This looks delicious. I found your post at the These Chicks Cooked site.


Jessica @ How Sweet June 22, 2011 at 12:10 pm

I LOVE the chocolate and banana combo! Seriously on of my favorites. :)


Holly June 22, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Mmmm perfection!!


Amanda-The Sweet Details June 22, 2011 at 1:11 pm

oh this looks great! i’m putting together a post on all sorts of recipes u can make with bananas can i include this?


Aimee June 22, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Amanda- of course!


briarrose June 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Delicious. Chocolate and banana are just wonderful together. I wouldn’t be able to pass up the Nutella topping….definitely a must.


Cheryl @ Sew Can Do June 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Sounds delicious. Stopping by from WOB Wednesday – I could get into a lot of treat trouble with all this yummy recipes!


Just Jaime June 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Love the combo! Thanks for sharing!


Greenderella June 22, 2011 at 3:25 pm

It looks DELICIOUS! Can I have a piece please? : )

Reply June 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm

This looks so good. Sorry, I know I’ve already invited you but these look amazing! Please come over to my link party and share some of your tasty recipes with us at Cast Party Wednesday.
I hope to see you there!


alissa June 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I guess bananas were a popular item this week! This looks delicious.


Lisa June 22, 2011 at 7:35 pm

That dollop of Nutella on top just makes it all so perfect.


Lizzy June 23, 2011 at 12:26 am

What a lovely cake…so beautiful and sounds tasty, too. And I had to comment on your cute doggie, too…such an innocent look on his face :) We have a sweet yellow lab so I’m quite familiar with their antics~


Lark (SparkyLarky) June 23, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I just wanted to say thank you Aimee for always linking up to Made it on Monday! You are so supportive of my blog & I wanted to tell you I DO notice! :)


Stella June 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Banana bread is always being made in my house. This looks absolutely amazing!!


teri@thefreshmancook June 24, 2011 at 6:29 am

This looks so good! I have way to many bananas and they are overtaking my freezer. I will be making these this weekend. Thanks for a great post!


Miz Helen June 24, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Great recipe that we will really enjoy. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and I look forward to seeing you again real soon.
Have a great week end!
Miz Helen


Kim McCallie June 25, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Yes, I always have rotting bananas in my kitchen. My children want bananas in the grocery store but no one will eat them when we get home. Thsi looks delicious. I’ll bet the nutella and banana work well together. Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life’s Sweet Indulgences Sunday.


Shirley June 26, 2011 at 12:31 am

Chocolate and bananas are a match made in heaven. This cake looks so moist! Thanks for sharing.


Andrea the Kitchen Witch June 27, 2011 at 2:44 am

Hi Amiee! Thanks for your kind words on my blog :) I’m glad I found yours, its awesome and I love the recipes! This chocolate banana cake sounds amazing, and I just happen to have some bananas in the freezer begging to be baked already. I’m making this!!


Mindie Hilton June 28, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Love it, going to feature your cake on Friday at Bacon Time. Thanks for linking and hope to see you this week.


Our Italian Kitchen June 28, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Yum! That cakes looks so good! Great recipe!


Mo 'Betta July 1, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Yum! I’m going to buy some bananas just so I can let them get overipe and make this! (My kids always ask for them and never eat them!) I think the Nutella would be delish!


Nicole {WonkyWonderful} August 18, 2012 at 5:30 pm

I love finding new ways to use those over ripe bananas! This looks amazing – pinning & fb sharing :) Have a wonderful weekend!


May October 15, 2013 at 10:25 am

It seems very yummy but there is one thing wasn’t clear, you said divide the batter into two and add coca , what happens to the other half?


Marly April 10, 2014 at 8:27 am

Chocolate, cake, and breakfast are some of my favorite words to be said in the same sentence!
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Paula - bell'alimento April 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

This is my kinda breakfast! Chocolate & Banana are amazing together.
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aimee @ shugarysweets April 10, 2014 at 6:15 pm

I am so with you on this!!!


Allison April 24, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Made this today. It was a little dry. Shouldn’t it have some other type of liquid, like buttermilk?


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