Simply Whole Kitchen

February 10, 2012

Love Monkey Cake

I don't think these photos complete convey the deliciousness that is this cake. I guess my photography is still improving....

What you need to know is that this Love Monkey Cake (Peanut Butter Banana Cake with Dark Chocolate Buttercream Icing, I know, wow is right!) will make you fall in love with healthy eating and make you a believer in low sugar, whole wheat desserts.  
Trust me...I know the photos don't tell the complete story.  You will LOVE this one!
Super moist, light, fluffy, nutty and rich from the delicious dark chocolate, buttercream icing (not weight watchers approved, but very low in sugar).

Go ahead, make this for Valentines Day and share with them your love through a 'better for you' but incredibly delicious dessert!

Love Monkey Cake
Peanut Butter Banana Cake
2 c whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c sugar in the raw
1/3 c natural creamy peanut butter (no sugar added)
3-4 mashed bananas (4 small, 3 medium)
1/4 c warm water
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease your cake pan (either round or square). In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.  In a separate bowl, beat the sugar and peanut butter together until combined and smooth.  Then add your bananas (in pieces).  Add the water and vanilla and beat until mixed.  Add in the flour mixture and stir to combine (do not over mix).  Spread into a greased cake pan (either round or square) and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes our until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool completely before frosting.

Dark Chocolate Buttercream Icing
1 c chopped dark chocolate (at least 60% cocoa, you can use chips or a bar)
1/2 c heavy cream, at room temperature
1/2 lb butter, at room temperature
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon

In a double boiler, combine cream and chocolate and vanilla and heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is combined.  Once melted and combined, remove the mixture from the heat and chill in the fridge until hardened and cooled (about 20 minutes).

In a separate bowl, with a mixer, beat the butter, cocoa powder and cinnamon until combined and fluffy (about 1 minute).  Add the chocolate mixture to the butter and beat to combine.  Once well mixed, ice your cake. 

Chill the cake in the fridge for 10-20 minutes to set the icing before serving.  Enjoy!


Blogger Texanerin said...

I love the ingredients in this! But how big should the cake pan be? 8 or 9 inch? I think it looks good but I'm sure you're right in that no photo could make it look really as good as it really is!

February 10, 2012 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Thanks Erin, you are too sweet! I know that better lighting would help but that is hard when I do most of my cooking at night after work. My cake pan was a 9" round. You can also make this in a square baking dish as well if you don't have a round.

And I realize I am giving you another banana recipe...sorry about next few Valentines recipe will be more up your alley!

February 11, 2012 at 1:04 PM  
Anonymous Diana said...

Sounds incredible.....will make for John on Valentines Day....let you know
how it goes, but I'm sure he'll love it......all the things he enjoys are in
it. Thanks.

February 11, 2012 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger Sara and David said...


Your Valentines recipes all sound amazing! These ideas will make it very exciting to get back to a kitchen later this year :). Until then, I will enjoy your awesome pictures!


February 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Sara!! I can't believe that you are all the way around the world and still making time to read my blog! I'll make this for you when you return from your trip!!

February 15, 2012 at 9:21 AM  

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