Monday, May 26, 2014

Fried Banana Brownie Cake with Honey Whipped Cream

Fried Banana Brownie Cake with Honey Whipped Cream | acalculatedwhisk.com #primal #glutenfree #grainfree

It was my birthday on Saturday, and I had an amazing day.  I started the morning by opening the present Ben got for me, which was a Kitchen Aid stand mixer!  I've wanted one for years, and finally feel like I count as a real food blogger now that I own one.  I haven't used it yet because I have need to clear a special spot for it in the kitchen, but I've been peering into the box every few hours and just kind of smiling at it.  After opening my mixer, I met up with a friend to go for a run, and then went home and moved a bunch of furniture and hung pictures with Ben.  (Our landlords have been renovating our apartment, so we have a lot of rearranging to do.  One secret about me is that I love organizing things around the house, even though I put it off like crazy and almost never do it.  I am not at all sure why I dread it so much, because once I get started I really enjoy it.  So, oddly enough, moving furniture and hanging pictures was one of my favorite parts of the day.)

My mom, Ben, and I went to dbar for dinner, which is within walking distance of our apartment and is one of my favorite restaurants ever.  Pro tip: it starts gradually turning into a nightclub around 10 pm on Friday and Saturday.  I've never been able to convince anyone to stay with me for that phase, but we got to witness the beginning of the transformation last night: one of the waiters walked by, casually pushed a button on his bracelet, and made a screen drop from the ceiling.  No big deal.

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Also, my dinner was amazing.  I got pan-fried grouper, which came with pickled watermelon radish, green garlic puree, a sweet potato latke, baby yellow carrots, and lemony frisée.  I thought about it for a while, and I decided it's one of the best restaurant meals I've ever had.  All the colors, flavors, and textures went together perfectly, and all the components were beautifully styled as well.  We also shared a side of fiddleheads, which I love to order there every spring, and the soup of the day, which was sweet English pea with creme fraiche and bacon.

Since I wanted a grain-free and paleo-friendly cake for my birthday, I had to make my own.  I had been perusing Kirstin's blog Troyers Loving Life since it was my May assignment for the Secret Recipe Club, and spotted a recipe for brownies that were made with pureed sweet potato.  Kirstin had made them in a round pan, which gave me the idea of doing something halfway between a brownie and a flourless chocolate cake. Since the recipe only called for half a cup of all-purpose flour, it was a good candidate for a gluten-free conversion, and I just replaced the regular flour for almond flour and used a bit extra. I used mashed fried banana instead of the sweet potato, substituted raw honey for the sugar,  made some honey whipped cream in lieu of frosting, and topped it all off with fried banana slices.  (I also had a great time reading about Kirstin's adorable family and looking at some pictures of their puppy.  So much fun!)

Guess what?  This cake was a success beyond my wildest dreams!  It's one of the best desserts I've ever made, and is so rich and satisfying.  The cake itself does not taste much like banana (and even my banana-averse boyfriend loved it), but it does have a distinctive caramelized flavor and a nice hint of fruity sweetness.  It's ridiculously moist, deliciously dense, and wonderfully chocolatey.  The pillowy layer of whipped cream and slices of fried bananas elevate this dessert to something almost otherworldly.  You really have to try it!  I, for one, was extremely impressed with the flavor and texture, and cannot wait to go eat another piece as soon as I finish writing this post.


Fried Banana Brownie Cake with Honey Whipped Cream | acalculatedwhisk.com #primal #glutenfree #grainfree

Fried Banana Brownie Cake with Honey Whipped Cream
Yield: 8 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes, plus 1-2 hours cooling time
Cook time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

For the fried banana brownie cake (adapted from Troyers Loving Life):

4 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon butter or ghee, divided, plus more for greasing the pan
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
2/3 cup cocoa powder (I used Dutch process)
1/4 teaspoon finely ground coffee (not brewed coffee--just finely ground beans!)
1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup raw honey
1 large egg
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons almond flour, lightly packed
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

For the honey whipped cream:

1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon raw honey
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

For the fried banana slices:

1 teaspoon butter or ghee
1 ripe banana, sliced into rounds a little over 1/4-inch thick

To make the brownie cake, preheat the oven to 350.  Line the bottom of a 9-inch round cake pan with a circle of parchment paper, and thoroughly grease the paper and the sides and corners of the pan with butter or ghee.

Heat one teaspoon of butter or ghee in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.  As soon as the butter is melted, add the mashed banana and raise the heat to medium-high.  Fry the banana, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and beginning to caramelize, about five minutes.  Measure 2/3 cup of the mashed fried banana and place it in a large bowl.  (I immediately ate the remainder of the fried banana since there was only a bit extra, but you could also save it for smoothies.)

While the banana is still hot, sift in the cocoa powder.  Melt the remaining four tablespoons of butter (you can do this in the pan you just used for the fried banana if you'd like), and add it to the bowl.  Beat the banana, cocoa, and melted butter with a wire whisk or electric mixer until well-combined.  Add the coffee, vanilla, salt, honey, and egg, and beat again.  Finally, stir in the almond flour and baking soda.

Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs attached.  Cool completely in the pan, then carefully slide a knife around the edges of the cake to loosen it and invert it onto a plate.  If you would like to speed up the cooling process, let the cake cool in the pan on a rack for 20 minutes, then stick it in the freezer for an hour or so.  Freezing the cake briefly also helps it slice more cleanly.  Serve the cake with honey whipped cream and fried banana slices (see instructions below), plain, or with vanilla ice cream.

To make the honey whipped cream, place the heavy cream in a large bowl and beat until soft peaks form.  Add the honey and vanilla, then continue to beat until medium peaks form.

To make the fried banana slices, melt the butter or ghee in a small skillet over medium heat.  When the butter is melted, raise the heat to medium-high and add the bananas in a single layer.  As soon as the bananas are well-browned on the bottom, slide them onto a plate to cool.  If you don't have the patience to wait for them to cool they may melt your whipped cream, but everything will still be delicious.

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50 comments:

  1. This looks fantastic! What a great pick for this month's SRC!! And Happy Birthday, I'm sure you're going to love your KA mixer. I can't imagine not having mine on hand!!

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    1. Thank you, Susan! Setting up the mixer is today's project and I can't wait :)

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  2. Happy Reveal Day! And Happy, Happy Birthday!! This cake looks so yummy. I love bananas so much. I would love this cake too.

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    1. Thank you, Emily! I still have some cake left, so if you want to bring some brussels we can have a balanced eating swap :)

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  3. Looks gorgeous, Becky. I'm all over brownie in any incarnation whatsoever, and this one sounds fabulous.

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  4. That looks delicious and your dinner out sounds wonderful. Happy Birthday to you.

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  5. Happy belated Birthday! I am curious to see the color of the KA.. perfect gift!

    great pick for your assignment, I've seen cakes using pureed veggies and I am quite intrigued by them, but so far have not tried to make them.

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    1. Thank you, Sally! The KA is black and very professional-looking. If someone had asked me in advance I probably would have said I wanted pink (or some other bright color), but I'm actually loving the look of the black one!

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  6. What a great looking brownie cake!! Perfect for a birthday celebration!! Great pick this month :)

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  7. Oh yeah, you'll use that mixer every day for something or other! Well done on the brownie cake....great tweaks to suit your diet!

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  8. The fried bananas look like they would go together perfectly :) Happy reveal day!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! Also, thank you so much for hosting! :)

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  9. Happy birthday! The cake looks delicious!

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  10. Wow that sounds fantastic! I love the idea of combining brownie and fried bananas

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    1. Thank you, Erin! I've been frying bananas for snack and breakfast for a while, and as soon as it occurred to me to put them in brownies, I knew it would be awesome!

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  11. Happy Belated Birthday and CONGRATULATIONS on your new Kitchen Aid!! So exciting indeed!! What color did you get? Such a beautiful cake you made :-)

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    1. Thank you, Avril! It's the black one. I'll post a picture of it in action as soon as I get it set up :)

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  12. This brownie banana cake looks fantastic. Great SRC post and happy birthday!

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  13. Glad you found something yummy...I did almost become sad because my favorite thing about SRC reveal day is going through the links and seeing if I could find my recipe that someone made...I just couldn't find it...finally I clicked your link thinking "well, I did have a recipe for brownies...."...lol! I'll have to try your version!

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    1. Lol! I'm sorry to have sent you on a wild goose chase--I did not think of that when I wrote the title! Glad you found me, and that you introduced me to such an awesome brownie recipe. I had lots of fun perusing your blog :)

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  14. Hi Becky, that cake looks beautiful! Happy birthday and congrats on you new stand mixer! I can totally understand the excitement.

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  15. There isn't a better birthday gift than a stand mixer! :)
    And honey whipped cream... sounds perfect.

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  16. Happy Belated Birthday! You luck girl with your new Kitchenaid Stand Mixer!!!

    This brownie/cake looks amazing! I love how it's naturally gluten and grain free! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Bean! All of my recipes are gluten and grain free now (although some of my oldest recipes, from the 1st few months of my blog, are not)--I've pretty much given up the gluten :) Just hopped over to your blog and remembered you eat gluten-free as well--I'm looking forward to exploring more of your recipes!

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  17. That looks absolutely delectable!! What a fantastic creation!!

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  18. Happy Birthday! What a delicious way to celebrate!

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  19. Yay for your first Kitchen Aid! Brownies and Fried Bananas - yum!

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    1. Yes! Kitchen Aid, brownies, and fried bananas should be part of every celebration :)

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  20. I remember Secret Recipe Club...I wonder if I could join again...anyway, that cake looks so good, happy birthday!

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! I bet you could join again--I know they let people do that, although I think you still have to go onto the waiting list.

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  21. Hey Sweetie! I just read this post. Go Ben; such a great gift for you! Finding room for it will be the only challenge but you have room in your kitchen. :) Cake looks delicious as well. I know we'll talk details before but can't wait to see you Sunday. xoxo

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    1. I know, right? With that mixer and the donut pan you gave me (which I have big plans for and hope to write about in an upcoming post), I am pretty much all set to give Krispy Kreme a run for their money ;). Cannot wait to see you (in just about an hour!!). XO

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  22. This sounds great, I love bananas and brownies!

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  23. Happy Birthday! You sure do know how to celebrate. This looks delicious!

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  24. A screen dropping down from a push of the button at his wrist. That's the real deal right there!
    Great pick. Looks super yummy!

    Nicole @ I am a Honey Bee

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    1. Haha, it definitely is! Thanks, Nicole :)

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  25. This cake looks amazing, and just the thing for a chocolate cake craving I've had for awhile now!

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    1. Thank you, Nora! It is crave-worthy--I've been craving it almost everyday since I made it. Time to buy more bananas...

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