Banana-Chocolate Tea Cake with Sweet Cream Cheese Frosting

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Prep time: 1 hourCooking time: 30 minutesTotal time: 1 1/2 hours


This tea cake relies on the natural sweetness of very ripe bananas plus a little bit of granulated sugar. One cup of buttermilk ensures that it stays super moist.


1 1/3 cup
all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cup
white whole-wheat flour
1 cup
1 1/2 teaspoon
baking soda
1 teaspoon
3/4 teaspoon
baking powder
3/4 cup
1/2 cup
canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoon
vanilla extract
1/2 cup
dark chocolate
16 ounces
cream cheese
1/4 cup
maple syrup


Preheat oven to 350F; grease 9-by-13-inch pan with butter or coat with nonstick cooking spray.

Combine flours, sugar, baking soda, salt and baking powder in a large bowl. In another bowl mash the bananas, then stir in the eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Fold the dry ingredients and chocolate into the wet ingredients and stir just to combine. 

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center still has crumbs clinging to it. Cool completely on a baking rack.

Meanwhile, whip cream cheese in a stand mixer or with a handheld mixer to lighten. Slowly add maple syrup and combine. Frost cake and serve.