This banana bundt cake recipe uses oil, rather than butter for an extra moist crumb. We like our banana bundt cake with all of the chocolates — chocolate chips in the batter, chocolate ganache glaze, and chocolate chips sprinkled on top!
All About Ganache
The chocolate ganache is the secret ingredient that really makes this delicious cake sing. Chocolate ganache is so popular that it has all but wiped out the original meaning of the French word “ganache,” which was a synonym for “sot” or “idiot.” This meaning was so widely used in the 19th century that one can find English uses of the word “ganache” with the same meaning.
Two pastry chefs are associated with the invention of ganache. In the 1862, a wildly popular play by Victorien Sardou called “Les Ganaches” opened in Paris. The play told the story of an unfortunate Marquis from the countryside who realizes in the first act that he is an old fool. Through the helpful interventions of a young orphan, he is fortunately, by the end of the play, able to open his mind to youth, progress, and modernity. Pierre Siraudin, who was both a playwright AND a candy-maker, capitalized on the success of the play by offering a chocolate truffle known as a “ganache” in his sweet store.
A, perhaps more apocryphal story, attributes the invention of ganache to famous French pastry chef Paul Escoffier and dates the invention to the 1920s. One of Escoffier’s apprentices accidentally spilled a bowl of hot cream onto some expensive chopped chocolate. Escoffier, furious, yelled “ganache!” at the boy but then began to stir the cream into the chocolate…and the rest is history.
Modern ganache is made with equal parts heavy cream and chocolate. It is used in liquid form to decorate cakes, and in more solid forms (once chilled) as the base for truffles.
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Useful Tools for Making this Banana Bundt Cake Recipe
Triple Chocolate Banana Bundt Cake
- 10-cup bundt cake pan
For the cake:
- 1 cup mashed overripe bananas about 2 large bananas or 3 small bananas
- 3 large eggs at room temperature
- 1 cup vegetable oil or canola oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
For the chocolate ganache glaze:
- 4 oz semisweet chocolate
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips we like to use a mix of white and dark
- Preheat oven to 350 F and spray a 10 cup bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Add the 3 eggs, oil, and vanilla to the mashed bananas and stir to combine. Add the sugar to the banana mixture and stir to combine.
- Sift the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt) into the wet ingredients. Stir the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until just combined.
- Fold the chocolate chips into the batter.
- Pour the cake batter into the prepared bundt cake pan.
- Bake 45 minutes until the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan and the top feels firm when touched.
- Allow cake to cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then immediately flip onto a wire rack. Bring to room temperature before decorating.
- To make the ganache:
- Pour the cream and chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in 20 second increments, stirring in between bursts, until the chocolate is starting to melt into the cream. Stir to fully combine and melt the chocolate. Do not overheat or the chocolate will burn.
- To decorate:
- Once the ganache has cooled enough to hold a bit of shape, put the ganache in a piping bag with a small round tip and drizzle over the top of the cake. Top with mini chocolate chips.
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