Saturday, January 7, 2012

Banana Bundt Cake with the Works

I always say I am not a real baker.  I just like to pretend I'm one from time to time. I am a cook by nature because I like to throw little bits if this and a little bits of that into a batter and put it into the oven with a prayer to see what comes out.  Well, I believe if you put enough good things into a baking pan something good should come out of the oven and that's just what I did with this cake.  I decided to finish up all the fresh cranberries, oats, chocolate chips and flaked coconut that I had leftover from my holiday baking with four  sad ripe bananas.  I could have called this a Banana, Oat, Cranberry, Chocolate, Coconut Bundt Cake, but decided to just call it a Banana Bundt Cake with the "Works".   I put it into the oven with a prayer and my prayers were answered. This cake came out even better than I expected. I loved the chocolate with the tartness of the fresh cranberries and the texture given by the flaky coconut and oats.  When I got two thumbs up from my daughter and my husband decided he wanted a second slice... I knew I had a winner on my hands.

PS:  For my international friends that are unfamiliar with the phrase "the works" it just means adding everything you can into something.

1 cup of flour
1 cup of old fashioned oats (not instant)
1 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of cinnamon powder
1 cup of sugar (or baking splenda)
1 tsp of vanilla
4 ripe bananas mashed
2 eggs
1/4 cup of buttermilk
1 cup of chocolate chips
2 cups of fresh cranberries
1 cup of baking coconut flakes
1/2 tsp of salt
walnuts (optional)

Chocolate Glaze:
3/4 cup Chocolate chips
2 Tbs of milk

Mash your bananas and mix in the eggs, sugar, cinnamon, buttermilk and vanilla.  Then add your salt, flour, oats and baking soda. Stir gently.  Finally add your chips, cranberries and coconut.  Mix all the ingredients gently without over-mixing.

Pour into a sprayed or butter bundt pan and put into a 350 degree oven for 45-55 minutes. Bake until a knife comes out clean.

Allow to cool at to room temperature before adding the chocolate glaze. 

Pour chocolate glaze over cake and serve.  Enjoy.

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