Chocolate Banana Swirl Cake (Nut-crusted) 

FOR THE PAN:
2 Tbs. granulated sugar
1/3 cup medium-fine chopped walnuts
Softened unsalted butter for the pan

FOR THE CAKE:
9 oz. (2 cups) all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. table salt
6 oz. (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, completely softened at room temp.
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 very ripe medium bananas (unpeeled, about 14 oz. total), peeled
2 tsp. vanilla
3 large eggs
3 oz. (6 Tbs.) buttermilk
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled

Prepare the pan: Position a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 350F. In a small bowl, mix the sugar with the walnuts. Generously butter a large bundt pan and coat with the nuts and sugar, pressing the nuts with your fingers to help them stick. The pan sides will be coated and some of the nuts will fall to the bottom - that's fine.

Mix the batter: In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, soda, and salt until well blended. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until smooth, then add bananas and vanilla until well blended and bananas are almost smooth. Add eggs one at a time, beating just until incorporated. Remove the bowl from the mixer. With a rubber spatula, alternately add half the flour mixture, then all the buttermilk, then the rest of the flour, stirring until blended. Spoon half the batter into a medium bowl, stir in melted chocolate until combined. With a large spoon, alternately add a scoop of each batter to the pan, working around the pan until all batter is used. Gently run a knife through the batter once clockwise and once counterclockwise to slightly swirl the batters. Gently tap the pan on the counter to settle the ingredients.

Bake the cake: Bake until a pick inserted in the center comes out with just a few crumbs on it, about 40 min. Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 15 min. Gently tap the sides of the pan on the counter to loosen the cake. Invert the pan onto the rack, lift off the pan, and let the cake cool completely.

Source of recipe: Abby Dodge

http://www.taunton.com/finecooking/recipes/chocolate-banana-swirl-cake.aspx?ac=fp

 

Chocolate Banana Swirl Cake (Nut-crusted)