Chocolate Chip Banana Cake with Banana Cream for #SundaySupper

Feb 10, 2013 by

Welcome to the Valentine’s edition of #SundaySupper. Today we are sharing things we prepare for our loved ones. Our fabulous host is none other than Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! I’m looking forward to seeing all the wonderful main dishes, desserts and drinks being shared today!

My family loves sweet treats. Because of this, I try to substitute and lighten things up a bit or just keep it really simple. I love cooking and baking for them. Its one sure way that I can express my love for them. I knew exactly what I was going to make for today’s #SundaySupper. My kids ask for this cake often enough ever since I made it for the first time a few weeks ago. My baby girl can probably list the ingredients because she has been right there beside me each time I have made it. I’ve even offered it as a gift to a gathering that we went to recently. Total win. Simplicity at its very best.

Originally I was planning to post Bailey’s Banana Cream but it didn’t taste the same as how I did it the first time. So since I clearly haven’t perfected it, I will stick with the Banana Cream. It is the perfect complement to the Banana Cake. This recipe is from my very special book, A Real Taste of Jamaica by Enid Donaldson. There is absolutely no way that bananas should ever go to waste. Not with recipes like this one.


Chocolate Chip Banana Cake With Banana Cream



Chocolate Chip Banana Cake with Banana Cream for #SundaySupper


  • 1 Cups All Purpose Flour, Unbleached
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Eggs
  • 1 1/4 Very ripe Bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 Stick of Unsalted Butter
  • 2/3 Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • A pinch of Cardamom
  • 1/4 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips
  • **Banana Cream**
  • 1 Very Ripe Banana
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp Allspice
  • 3/4 Cup Whipping Cream


  1. **Banana Cream**
  2. Do this before you make the cake so that it can be refrigerated for a while.
  3. Whip cream either using a whisk, mini blender or regular blender. I used my Magic Bullet.
  4. Mix in the banana, sugar and allspice.
  5. Store in a small container in the fridge until the cake is ready to be served
  6. ***
  7. Preheat Oven to 375F
  8. Grease an 8-inch pan and line the base with parchment paper.
  9. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom and salt
  10. In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar and butter.
  11. Add egg and mix to combine
  12. Add mashed banana and vanilla, then mix to combine
  13. Add the flour mixture into the banana mixture and mix just until combined. Finish combining by hand with a spoon if needed.
  14. Fold in the chocolate chips
  15. Bake for 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean
  16. Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
  17. Allow to cool for about 30 minutes before slicing.
  18. Serve topped with Banana Cream


I didn’t change much when it came to the ingredients. I added a pinch of cardamom – just because. For the Banana Cream I replaced nutmeg with allspice. Nutmeg isn’t my favourite. I’ll use it when I have to but for this recipe, the allspice was a lovely addition.


Chocolate Chip Banana Cake Collage


The chocolate chips are an additional treat for this recipe. By itself, it is simply wonderful. The aroma while it is baking is heavenly. Once baked, you’ll find yourself wanting more and more. I speak from personal experience. The banana adds such rich moisture to this cake.


Chocolate Chip Banana Cake With Banana Cream

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake


I was bringing desert over to a friend’s house recently. I wanted to dress up this sweet wonderful cake. I doubled the recipe and split the batter. Added chocolate chips to one half and left the other one plain. I decorated the plain cake with slices of banana. Oh, how I love a pretty cake. This cake goes well with Vanilla Ice Cream, of course.

Banana Cake as a gift

Banana Cake as a gift


The cream was really lovely. I wondered at first if Banana Cream with Banana Cake would be too much banana. Well, the answer was no. It wasn’t. It was awesome. My kids loved it and have grown to expect it whenever I make this cake. I think I will have to break them out of that expectation.

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake With Banana Cream

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake With Banana Cream


I just can’t get enough of this cream! I really should figure out the Bailey’s version. I must!!!


Chocolate Chip Banana Cake With Banana Cream

Chocolate Chip Banana Cake With Banana Cream



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Spelt Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jan 11, 2013 by

Cookies are a wonderful treat. Some cookies, take a little time to prepare and others can be made on a whim if you have the right ingredients on hand. I really have to be in the mood to make the type of cookie that takes up time in the kitchen. These cookies? Nothing short of brilliant. I came across it some time ago but wasn’t into making cookies yet. I’m glad I saved it and I am definitely glad that I made them.

I found the recipe for Cream Cheese Cookies and wanted to make it as is. No adapting. I wanted to know what the original cookie tasted like. And I almost succeed.

I have been buying a variety of flours, all with the intention of experimenting and finding alternatives to regular flour. There are so many flours that have wonderful nutritional value. The one I have used the most in the past, is Quinoa flour. For this cookie, I chose to use Spelt flour. I didn’t plan to. My hand just steered to the right of the all-purpose flour. Sometimes in life, you just have to take chances.


Spelt Cream Cheese Chocolate Cheese Cookies

Spelt Cream Cheese Chocolate Cheese Cookies


Spelt Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe Type: Cookie
Author: Lyn, adapted from Food52
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 12 mins
Total time: 32 mins
A delightful cookie made with spelt flour, cream cheese and mini chocolate chips
  • 1 Stick Unsalted Butter
  • 4oz Light Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1 Cup Spelt Flour
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 4 Tbsp Mini Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a mixing bowl, add butter, cream cheese and sugar. Cream until light and fluffy.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt. Add to the cream cheese mixture and mix until just combined
  4. Using a cookie scoop, add batter to parchment lined cookie trays, leaving about an inch and a half between them.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes until the edges are browned and be careful not to over-bake
  6. Remove from oven and leave on the tray for about 3 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.


The chocolate chips didn’t actually make it into the batter until half way through. The first batch was so wonderfully fragrant but I wondered  what I could add that would go nicely with these cookies. I added a few mini chocolate chips. The  regular chocolate chips seemed too large for these delicate cookies.


Spelt Cream Cheese Cookies

Spelt Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies


I’m not sure how many cookies were taken from this rack while I wasn’t looking. Sticky fingers around here. I don’t blame them.


Spelt Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Spelt Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies


I liked how delicate and dainty these cookies looked. I’m sure they’d make an excellent gift or even a quick treat if company popped by.


Spelt Cream Cheese Cookies-5

Spelt Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies


These cookies are absolutely delightful. With or without the chocolate chips, you’ll absolutely LOVE them. A definite keeper.





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Easter Muffins

Apr 7, 2012 by

It has been a busy few days and I’m just getting to post this now. The kids were tugging at my legs to get at these little treats. I did not decorate all the muffins because, well… my kids do a really cute thing. They eat the frosting and then say “Mommy! I’m finished!” – and they literally leave the muffin behind. Seriously. If there is frosting, more than likely, they will not eat the cake. Maybe this little thing they do isn’t so cute after all.

I found this recipe in a little book called “100 Muffins From 1 Easy Recipe”. Chances are, I’m going to make every muffin in this book. What caught my eye about this recipe was not necessarily the theme, even though I was certainly looking for an Easter recipe. The cupcakes were adorable! Very simple, compared to what I’ve seen out there, but adorable none the less. I will be the first to say it out loud that I’m not the best at decorating cakes. I only just started a few months ago (barely). I’m teaching myself so that I can at least do something, if needed. Practice makes perfect. I did my best so here’s my first Easter Muffin :-)


Easter Muffins - Chocolate Muffins with Nest Frosting and Mini Chocolate Eggs



Easter Muffins
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Lyn
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Serves: 12
A simple chocolate muffin, decorated with a simple frosting and mini chocolate eggs for Easter
  • 1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour, Unbleached
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • 6 Tbsp Sunflower Oil or Melted Butter (cooled)
  • Frosting:
  • 6 Tbsp Butter, Softened
  • 1 1/2 Cups Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Milk
  • A small pack of Sugar Coated Mini Chocolate Eggs, to decorate
  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Grease a 12 cup muffin pan or line with liners
  3. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt into a large bowl
  4. Stir in the brown sugar
  5. Lightly beat eggs in a large measuring jug. Beat in the buttermilk and oil
  6. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the buttermilk liquid
  7. Stir until just combined. Do not over mix
  8. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan
  9. Bake for 20 minutes
  10. Allow muffins to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool completely
  11. Frosting:
  12. In a large bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy
  13. Sift in the confectioners’ sugar and beat together until smooth and creamy
  14. Lastly, beat in the milk
  15. When the muffins are cooled completely, put the frosting in a pastry bag with a large star tip attached and pipe a circle around the top of each muffin to form a “nest”
  16. Place chocolate eggs in the centre of each nest as decoration


I found these a few weeks ago. So perfect! I love that they are reusable and colourful too.


Silicone Muffin Liners


I wore my apron to do this. I’ve been powdered up by Cocoa one time too many! :-)


Sifting the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt


So this recipe called for only 1/2 Cup of brown sugar. The muffins were not overly sweet so I can see myself adding chocolate chips to this recipe in the future. No frosting needed, of course.


Fold in the brown sugar



Muffin batter ready for the oven


These came out quite wonky to me :-) The photograph in the book looked waaaaaay better than mine. A+ for effort though, right? :-)


Easter Muffins, decorated


And then my Diva daughter decided that she did not want the cupcake with the mini chocolate eggs. Actually, she said that they were not in fact cupcakes because they had no sprinkles on them. She pointed to where I keep the sprinkles and requested that I make “real” cupcakes for her so that she could eat it.

Well excuse me.

The sprinkle princess had her way.


Cupcakes with Sprinkles


Take good care of you




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Chocolate Stout Cake

Mar 13, 2012 by

I tried to resist making this. I really did. But I had all the ingredients! I just had to.

I picked up a little recipe book called Irish Favourites and the recipes were interesting… as in, I’d make most of the recipes in the book! It was perfect timing seeing that St.Patrick’s day is right around the corner. The original recipe had a cream cheese frosting but I opted out. The chocolate cake is bad enough. And by bad, I mean good.


Chocolate Stout Cake


Chocolate Stout Cake
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Lyn of the Lovely Pantry
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Total time: 1 hour
Serves: 12
Chocolate Stout Cake, adapted from Irish Favourites Cookbook
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour, unbleached + more for dusting the pan
  • 3/4 Cup unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 3/4 Cup (1 1/2 Sticks) Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 1 Cup packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Stout, at room temperature (I used Jamaican Dragon Stout)
  • 1 1/2 Cup Icing Sugar
  • 3-4 Tbsp Hot Water
  • 2 Tbsp Green Sprinkles
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Spray a 10 inch Bundt Pan (a 13 X 9 inch baking pan) with cooking spray, then dust with flour
  3. Combine flour, cocoa and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside
  4. Beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy
  5. Beat in vanilla
  6. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition
  7. Add flour mixture alternately with stout, beating after each addition
  8. Pour batter evenly into prepared pan
  9. Bake for 35-40 minutes until a sharp knife or toothpick inserted into the centre comes out
  10. clean
  11. Allow to cool completely in the rack
  12. In a small measuring cup, sift in icing sugar. Add hot water and stir until smooth. Pour over the cake and add sprinkles for final touch


Look what I found – Jamaican Dragon Stout. The sweeter alternative to Guinness. My hubby had a stash and was nice enough to let me use one. I’m not a stout drinker myself, but I think I may like cooking with it.


Jamaican Dragon Stout


Dragon Stout - Close Up


The recipe called for a 13 X 9 inch baking pan but I thought it would be more interesting to use a Bundt pan. Okay, I just really wanted to use it. This is my first Bundt cake. Chocolate Stout Bundt Cake. Sounds good!


Chocolate Stout Cake Batter


Glazing was some messy fun! Me and my daughter had green fingers for a while…


Glaze and Sprinkles



Chocolate Stout Cake Slice


A rich but not too sweet chocolate cake, made with a Jamaican stout…just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.


Chocolate Stout Cake


About how long do I need to walk on the treadmill to fix this?

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