Swirled Banana Cake with Chocolate Malt Frosting


A soft chocolate and banana cake is topped with the silkiest malted frosting and  malted milk balls for garnish! lemonsforlulu.com


I made a swirled banana cake this weekend.   I found I had extra time this since my husband and I are childless.  Well, for 5 days anyway.  Let me explain, my 3 kids left yesterday to stay with my in-laws for five days.  My in-laws are saints aren’t they?   We’ll see how they feel by the end of the week!

Funny, how when you tell people  your kids will be gone for several days, they give you a funny smile and a wink.  I actually overheard someone ask my husband if he should expect baby number 4 after this!  What is wrong with people???  Is that all they think about???  What I think about is that I will have 5 days without a  chauffeur schedule-I won’t be driving anyone anywhere!  That’s 5 days without getting after someone to clean up.  5 days without convincing someone to finish their dinner.  That’s 5 days with eating whatever we want to eat, when we want to eat it!  That’s 5 days without constantly washing dishes!!!  5 days without breaking up fights and arguments!  Not too shabby.

But, that’s also 5 days without, “mommy, I love you”.  5 days without infectious screams and giggles.  5 days without little hugs and kisses.  5 days without peaking at peacefully sleeping faces.   5 days without lively chatter.  5 days without snuggling close to warm little bodies.  5 days missing  of my little ones.

Since there were fewer mouths here to munch on banana’s,  I made this swirled  banana cake.  Since I love Whoppers, I thought a chocolate malt frosting would pair perfectly.  I was right!  Wonderful combination!  The cake was so moist. Loaded with sweet banana flavor!   As I said, it’s a swirled cake, so part of the batter was combined with cocoa.  Mmm, mmm!  The frosting is very rich, you can certainly leave out the malt powder.  The chocolate frosting  would be fantastic atop a leather shoe, it’s that good!  I am going to  give this banana cake to my sister to share with her office since there’s only two of us here this week.  It suspect it goes very quickly there.   This banana cake is a wonderful way to use up banana’s.  A great alternative to banana bread.  And the chocolate malt frosting makes it a complete package!

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Swirled Banana Cake with Chocolate Malt Frosting
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A banana cake, swirled with chocolate and frosted with a rich, malt flavored chocolate frosting.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
  • For the cake:
  • ½ cup butter, softenend
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed.
  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t baking powder
  • ½ salt
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa.
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 cup Whoppers, chopped
  • Chocolate Malt frosting
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 6 T milk
  • 6 T malt powder
  • 1 t vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 pan and set aside. Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in egg and vanilla. Finally add in mashed banans. Stirring until just combine.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Create a well in the center of your dry ingredients. Pour in your wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Scoop out half of your batter into a separate bowl and combine that with your cocoa. Spread cocoa mixture on the bottom of your pan. Spread remaining batter over cocoa layer. Swirl batter with a knife.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes until or until edges begin to brown. Allow cake to cool before frosting. Sprinkle chopped candies over cake.
  4. Frosting:
  5. Beat butter in a mixer until creamy. Slowly add in powdered sugar. Gradually add in milk and cocoa, alternating between the two. Mix in vanilla and malt powder until frosting is creamy and easily to spread.

Recipe adapted from All Recipes

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39 Responses

  1. Hahaha wow, some people I just don’t get. If I had five days without my family, I’d clean the hell out of my house the first day and spend the rest of the time enjoying no dog hair, no stray shoes or napkins or soda cans, and curl up with a book or my DVR. Let’s just say Barry White would be nowhere involved in this, lol. BTW, this cake looks AWESOME. Banana cake is one of my favorites and that malted frosting looks to-die for!

    • BAHAHAH!!!No Barry White and NO bear skin rugs on the floor!!! And I did spend the first day polishing my floors and cleaning. Now I can spend time on Pinterest without worrying about neglecting my kids!

  2. Banana cake, well, banana anything is a favorite. Adding the chocolate malt frosting puts this cake over the top. If your kids find out this is the kind of thing you bake when they’re not around, they’ll be collecting Social Security and will still be living at home.

    • If the kids are living with us that long, I’m going to take a sledge hammer to my mixer!

  3. This looks so good! My girls would love it. They spent five days at my parents and although I missed them, they had a great time and I caught up on so much! You will appreciate them so much when they return. Well for an hour or so..until you’re perfect house from just you and your husband is again destroyed by your children. ; ) Ha Ha

    • Ha! So true, it will take about an hour for me to wish my in laws would take them again!

    • Thanks, I like the combo! Just linked up, thanks for the invite!

    • Thanks for the invite and for checking out my blog! Would love to link up!

  4. Nicki

    I made this cake and brought it in to work for a colleague’s birthday. It went over very well and all I brought home was an empty dirty pan! I highly recommend it.

    • I’m so happy to hear this turned out well for you and that you had an empty pan!! I want to work at your office!

  5. Oh wow this cake looks so good…had to check out some other recipes whilst I was visiting and now am a subscriber so I don’t miss out on the future ones!

    Thanks for sharing and I hope you enjoyed your kid free time (and the reunion!).

    • Thank you! Thanks for taking the time to visit! I’ll be checking out A Little Less perfect as well!

  6. Yummy! This cake looks soooooooooo sinful and delicious

  7. Thanks so much for sharing at Heavenly Treats Sunday! Every week you link up such awesome treats!

  8. Bananas and chocolate are a win/win combo imo!

    I would love to invited you over to my Link Party at The Purple Pumpkin Blog. Hope to see you there!

    • Thank you for the invite!! I’ll be there!

    • Thanks for hosting the BFF Open House!

  9. Right there with ya sister! I would clean my house, read a book and blog non stop!
    Thanks for sharing at I Freakin did it Friday

    • I like a girl who thinks like me! Thanks for stopping over!

  10. YUM! I love banana cake so this is definitely something I want to try! I’m a new follower and I’m pinning this! I’d love for you to visit my blog! Have a great day!

    • Thank you for stopping by! Can’t wait to check out your blog!

  11. Believe me that’s the farthest thing from my mind when I have child free days!! Haha! This cake is absolutely amazing!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  12. Oh my goodness! You are an excellent cook!! Thanks for bringing this to Foodtastic Friday too!

    • I’ll be back! Thanks for hosting every week!

    • I loved malted anything too! This was a good fix!

  13. This was a very sweet post, Tanya, and a great recipe! It’s funny how we can’t wait to get a break from the kids, but then we miss them when they are gone :)

  14. I love that you topped this with this delicous frosting. Whoppers are one of my favorite candies and I can almost tast this now Tanya! Hopw you enjoyed your kid-free time!

    • I have a weakness for whoppers too! Thanks Raquel!


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