Tuesdays With Dorie: Black-and-White Banana Loaf

Yay! No fruit! (Or, to be precise, no identifiable bits of fruit!) This week’s Tuesdays With Dorie pick (courtesy of Ashlee of A Year In The Kitchen; head on over there if you’d like the recipe) had a much subtler fruit presence than most of the recent recipes. It’s essentially a banana pound cake; half of the batter is mixed with chocolate, then the yellow and brown batters are swirled to make a lovely marble cake.

My ongoing issue with loaf pans (9×5? 8×4? who knows?) led to this being baked in one of those disposable aluminum pans, whose label said quite clearly that it was 8×4 (and was bought for that very reason). But no, when measured (alas, too late), it turned out to be 7×3. There was spillage. (Which wasn’t terrible, because I scraped it up off the foil I had presciently put under the pan and ate it!)

So the finished cake was not the prettiest thing I ever made (although Sunday’s challah may have been), and I don’t think it was entirely baked in the middle. But it was delicious, especially drizzled with homemade chocolate syrup. Husband said it seemed more like a quick bread than a pound cake, but he’s insane. It wasn’t entirely pound cake-y, but I think that’s because it didn’t bake long enough.

A lot of comments on the TWD site mentioned that their batter was too runny for good marbling. I don’t know why that would be; mine was quite thick. (The photo is terrible — I enlisted #1 Son to shoot it, and there’s really no natural light in my kitchen — but it does show the consistency of the batter.)


The finished product was moist and dense and banana-y and chocolate-y and really all you could ask for in a cake. This one’s a keeper. Go and make it. Now. And check out everyone else’s versions at Tuesdays With Dorie.

banana pound cake


14 Responses to “Tuesdays With Dorie: Black-and-White Banana Loaf”

  1. Sihan Says:

    After looking at all these posts. I’m beginning to realist that maybe the super-moist situation is perhaps normal. Maybe mine is not a failure after all!

    Fantastic job anyway!

  2. Esther Says:

    I was very happy when I found out that we were doing this! No fruit! Yipee! Great job! Love the chocolate sauce!

  3. Rigby Says:

    Your cake looks very tasty! The chocolate sauce is a good idea :)

  4. sara Says:

    I used mini disposible loaf pans, and got the bread to come out fairly well… Nice photos!

  5. Cindy Says:

    Okay – the chocolate – that would have made the difference for me. Great job.

  6. Rebecca Says:

    I’m sick of fruit, too! Isn’t that terrible? Bring on the chocolate!!!

  7. Christine Says:

    Oh the chocolate sauce is making me drool! Looks great!

  8. Caitlin Says:

    Homemade chocolate syrup? Yes please!

  9. Natalie Says:

    Nice pictures! My husband is all for moving to chocolate and away from the fruilt too :)

  10. pamela Says:

    Mmmmm…chocolate drizzle! Nice touch.

  11. Roni Says:

    My batter was pretty thick, too. That last picture is evil incarnate! YUM!

  12. Cecilia Says:

    So very moist! Drizzled in homemade chocolate syrup, that piece of cake looks absolutely sinful.

  13. LyB Says:

    I love that you drizzled some chocolate on it. I have to try that next time! :)

  14. TWD Rewind: Black and White Banana Loaf | Joanna’s World Says:

    [...] made similarly small, similarly darling cakes; Bungalow Barbara has picture-perfect marbling; and  Confectiona’s Realm served hers with chocolate sauce for a extra [...]

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