Chocolate Banana Celebration Cake

Chocolate Banana Cake Recipe
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This cake is perfect for a variety of celebrations including birthdays, anniversaries or a job promotion.
1:00
Prep Time
4:35
Total Time
15 servings

Ingredients

Cake

1 (15.25- to 16.5-ounce) package
yellow cake mix
3 to 4 (1 1/4 cups)
very ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup
sour cream
1/4 cup
vegetable oil
3
large Land O Lakes® Eggs
2 (1-ounce) squares
unsweetened chocolate, melted, cooled slightly
2 teaspoons
vegetable oil

Frosting

6 cups
powdered sugar
3/4 cup
Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 tablespoon
light corn syrup
2 teaspoons
vanilla
5 to 6 tablespoons
Land O Lakes® Half & Half

Decorations

Mini pastel colored decorator sprinkles or decorator sugars
Large gumballs
Peel-apart licorice
Curling ribbon, if desired

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 13x9-inch baking pan with aluminum foil; grease and flour foil. Set aside.
  2. Combine all cake ingredients except chocolate and oil in bowl; beat at medium speed until well mixed. Reserve 2 cups batter; set aside. Spread remaining batter into prepared pan.
  3. Combine melted chocolate and oil in bowl until well mixed. Stir into reserved batter; mix well. Drop by spoonfuls over batter in pan; using table knife, swirl chocolate batter into banana batter.
  4. Bake 33-38 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely. Freeze 1 hour.
  5. Meanwhile, combine all frosting ingredients except half & half in bowl. Beat at medium speed until well mixed. Continue beating, adding enough half & half for desired spreading consistency.
  6. Remove cake from freezer; carefully invert onto large 15x10-inch platter. Frost top and sides with about 2 1/2 cups frosting. Place remaining frosting in pastry bag fitted with large 3/4-inch star tip. Pipe large stars onto frosting on outside edge of cake. Sprinkle with decorator sprinkles.
  7. Place 7 or 8 large gumballs on cake for balloons. Place licorice pieces under gumballs for strings. “Tie” strings with licorice, if desired.
  8. Let stand at room temperature for 2 hours before serving.

Recipe Tips

- Freezing the cake for 1 hour makes it easier to work with. A frozen cake helps reduce the risk of cracks occurring in the cake as it is inverted onto a platter. It is also easier to frost.

- If you don’t have a large platter, cover a large sturdy piece of cardboard with aluminum foil.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories
550
Cholesterol
75mg
Carbohydrates
84g
Protein
5g
Fat
24g
Sodium
340mg
Dietary Fiber
2g

Recipe Comments and Reviews

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I made this recipe for our daughter's birthday. It was pretty easy to make and everyone loved it.

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