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david lebovitz – banana cake

May 9, 2009


Ella is always emailing me links for recipes she finds off food blogs.  She’s a funny kid that way.  But funny in a good way.  And we always have over-ripe bananas languishing in the fruit bowl.  There is a slight window of about two days when people will eat them – after they are just ripe – but then they sit in the bowl and rot.  

So to tackle our rotting banana problem, Ella emailed me David Lebovitz’s banana cake recipe.  Then she printed it off and baked it.  It tasted lightly of bananas and it was gooey with chocolate.  This is a very pleasant cake – easy on the tummy.  Best served warm and slathered in butter and jam.  (But isn’t that true for just about anything?).

We subsequently ordered David’s newly released book, The Sweet Life in Paris to immerse ourselves in all things David Lebovitz.  I think I have mentioned before that he has surpassed Jamie Oliver as a demi-god in our house.

David Lebovitz’s Banana Cake
-adapted by Ella, age 12

1½ cups white flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¾ cup sugar
 2 tablespoons melted butter
1 large egg white 
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 cup banana puree, made from about 2 very ripe medium-sized bananas
½ cup sour cream, regular
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup chocolate chips

Butter a 9-inch square pan. Preheat the oven to 350F

1. Mix together the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.

2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, egg white, egg, banana puree, sour cream, and vanilla.

3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and stir in the wet ingredients with a spatula until almost mixed. Add in the chocolate chips and stir until just combined.

4. Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 40 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean.

5. Cool on a baking rack.  Cut and serve warm.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2009 1:54 pm

    We are big Jamie lovers at our house, I think he still ranks as #1 for us.

    Here’s hoping that I somehow manage to raise my baby to be to grow up to be the kind of child that finds delicious recipes and then cooks them for me. I think if all kids did that our population numbers would be very different.

  2. May 11, 2009 2:42 pm

    I heart Jamie for the savoury stuff, but he’s been dethroned in the sweet category by David…

    I believe if you raise your kids in a house that respects and loves food, you will get what you hope for. Kids model what they see…I think loving food and not treating it as an enemy is especially important for young teenage girls…they get so many mixed messages about that…and they watch us moms carefully to see what we do. We are NOT allowed to diet in our house…and we do not even own a scale.

  3. August 8, 2009 5:10 pm

    Yum! I just made this, without the cocoa powder, substituting whole milk yogurt for the sour cream (hey, you use what you’ve got) and the better part of a Theo Vanilla Milk Chocolate bar for the chocolate chips (ditto). Delicious!

    While I am a girl who doesn’t mind a wait, I love how quick this is. A few stirs and I went from overripe bananas to lovely dessert in less than an hour. If only my house were so easily remedied.

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