Easy Banana Chocolate Chip Cake

 

by Diana Laskaris

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting
Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting

 

We were recently invited to by Hamilton Beach to test their Stand Mixer.  We were not financially compensated for this review. The opinions shared are our own and based on the experience we had. 

As you may already know, I am known not only for my tasty food, but also for being the “messy gourmet.” Well, as a Brand Ambassador for Hamilton Beach, I have been given the opportunity to try out their Stand Mixer, and shock of all shocks, it actually helped me be…neat! Yes, I know it’s a surprise to have kitchen equipment that actually improves upon your kitchen prowess, but let me tell you, I felt like a new person with this lightweight, “good thinking” machine that has some useful features I really liked.

Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer
Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer

 

I thought I’d try it out with one of my tasty but somewhat messy recipes. The easy banana chocolate chip cake with vanilla buttercream frosting that usually gets devoured in a day or two by sweet-loving goblins. I’m notorious for creating a thin layer of white, whether flour or confectioner’s sugar and I’m proud to say, though still stunned, that didn’t happen this time. I’ll walk you through the recipe and also show you some of the cool features of the Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer at the same time.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients

Banana Cake

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Vanilla Butercream Frosting

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened at room temperature
2-3 cups confectioner’s (powdered) sugar
3-4 Tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

Prepare the cake:

1. Preheat your oven to 350degrees F. Grease or spray with nonstick spray a 9 x 9 square glass pan or glass loaf pan.

The first cool thing I noticed about the mixer is that it is light and easy to move around. It has some cool, strong suction cups on the bottom that secure it well, preventing some of the mess that I usually make!

Suction Cup Feet Keep Mixer Secure
Suction Cup Feet Keep Mixer Secure

 

2. Using paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar in stand mixer until creamy and light.

Mix Butter and Sugar
Cream Butter and Sugar – Action Shot!

 

Three handy attachments come with the stand mixer: the paddle for regular mixing, the whisk for making things nice and fluffy and the dough hook for mixing heavy duty doughs like bread dough. There’s also an easy push button the lifts the mixer so you can easily change the attachments without a lot of hassle. Good thinking, Hamilton Beach!

Stand Mixer With Attachments
Stand Mixer With Attachments

 

3. Add eggs, one at a time, incorporating the first egg fully before adding the second.

4. Blend in mashed bananas.

Add Mashed Bananas
Add Mashed Bananas

 

5. Sift flour, salt and baking soda together into a medium bowl. Add dry ingredients to the stand mixer bowl with the banana mixture and blend until smooth and even.

Blend Ingredients with Paddle
Blend Ingredients with Paddle

 

6. Add chocolate chips and gently fold into batter.

Add Chocolate Chips
Add Chocolate Chips

 

7. Pour into greased pan and bake in preheated oven about 45 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Pour Into Sprayed Pan
Pour Into Sprayed Pan

 

8. Remove from oven when golden and cooked through and let cool completely.

Baked Banana Cake
Baked Banana Cake

 

While cake is baking, prepare the frosting:

Change to whisk attachment on stand mixer:

1. Clean stand mixing bowl and add butter, vanilla, heavy cream and 1 cup of confectioner’s (powdered) sugar.

2. Start out on slow speed and gradually combine ingredients. When combined add another cup of confectioner’s sugar.

Whip Frosting Till Fluffy
Whip Frosting Till Fluffy

 

3. Incorporate and whisk at higher speed until light and fluffy. Add additional confectioner’s sugar if necessary to get consistency as fluffy as you like.

Whisk Tool Great For Fluffy Frosting
Whisk Tool Great For Fluffy Frosting

 

Put in refrigerator while cake cools.

Putting it all together:

Remove frosting from refrigerator and soften slightly until ready to spread easily. Frost cooled cake. If you like, you may remove from pan and frost sides as well.

Frost The Cake
Frost The Cake

 

As you can see by these photos, there was very little mess, even from me. The cake came out great and has already been partially consumed. The Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer got a thorough workout from this messy chef, and I have to give it a thumbs up for its compact size, ease of use and good thinking when it comes to practical use in the kitchen.

Now, go make your own easy banana chocolate chip cake, slice and enjoy!

 THE QUICK BITE: This easy banana chocolate chip cake with vanilla buttercream frosting that usually gets devoured in a day or two by sweet-loving goblins. I’ll walk you through the recipe and also show you some of the cool features of the Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer at the same time.

 

2 thoughts on “Easy Banana Chocolate Chip Cake

  1. Made this the other night sans frosting. Loved it!

  2. Sweet-loving Goblins? I resemble that remark. This was one very tasty and super moist cake.

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