Even in the midst of strawberry season, you didn't think my kids would let me stray long from the chocolate dessert cookbook, did you? I didn't either.
All of the kids enjoyed this, although one of my big sons griped about the nuts in the streusel. My response to him was something to the effect of "Suck it up, sweetie."
Chocolate Dessert #9:
CHOCOLATE BANANA SPLIT STREUSEL CAKE
1 stick butter or margarine, softened
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sour cream
Chocolate Streusel Filling:
4 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1 cup chocolate chips (which I did not use)
Preheat oven to 350F. Beat together the butter and granulated sugar until well mixed, 1 to 2 minutes. With mixer on low speed, add bananas, cocoa and vanilla, beating until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift together flour, soda, powder and salt. Beat into cocoa mix alternately with sour cream until just combined. Spread 1/3 of batter in the bottom of a greased bundt pan. Top with half the streusel filling. Spread another third of the batter over the streusel, top with the remaining filling, and finish with the balance of the batter. Bake 50 tol 55 minutes, until the cake tests done. Let it cool for about 15 minutes in the pan, then turn it onto a rack to finish cooling. Sift powdered sugar over the top of the cake to serve.
Note my confession that the recipe calls for chocolate chips, and I didn't use them. I thought this cake provided plenty of opportunity for a chocolate coma without the extra chips. Feel free to further enhance your own chocolate coma, however!
I also suspect you could replace all of the dry ingredients in this confection with a boxed mix, and come up with virtually the same results. I might do that the next time my kids beat me into making this. If any of you try it, let me know!
Tomorrow, Thor hosts "other dogs" for Dogs on Thursday. Hope you're all having a wonderful Wednesday. I'm working on sending my rain to some of you who are more needy, but putting steering rudders on clouds is proving to be tricky.