This really is a silly little cake because it’s so easy. It was born from necessity one late night during law school when my roommate and I were desperate for something chocolatey but couldn’t decide between cake or brownies and we were also a little short on eggs. Voila! Banana brownie cake!
We used to call it monkey cake but that makes it sound like the cinnamon pull-apart treat people serve at brunch sometimes so I’ve changed it to silly monkey cake. It was the perfect choice for our silly monkey’s faux 3rd birthday! He’ll turn three next week while my family is out of town so we had a little pre-celebration to let him open his gifts early. And also so I could be there for some epic toddler-spit-all-over-the-cake candle blowing. Is he still a toddler at three years old??
Anyway, this cake is dense like cake brownies and it’s got a double dose of chocolateness so I still cut it with bananas even when we have eggs in the house. In fact, you can double the bananas and cut the eggs completely if you really want to get that chocolate covered banana taste but I like the chocolateness with just a hint of something else.
Silly Monkey Cake
/// box of chocolate cake mix
/// box of brownie mix
/// 1 cup of oil
/// 2 eggs
/// 2 ripe bananas
/// 1 1/2 cups of water
/// chocolate icing (homemade or store bought)
/// butter and flour to dust the bundt pan
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Mash the bananas. Add the cake mix, brownie mix, oil, eggs, and water and mix completely. Use the butter and flour to dust the bundt pan and pour the batter in. Bake for an hour or until a knife comes out clean.
Set out to cool a bit and then pop the cake onto a plate while it’s still a little warm. Heat the chocolate icing up in the microwave for about 20 seconds and use a spoon to pour it over the cake. Some of it should melt into the cake but a lot of it will run off so do it slowly or you’ll overflow the plate! Make sure to put a lot in the center of the cake – that fudgey middle is so good when it cools! When you’ve frosted the cake, put it in the fridge to set.
Fair warning – this is a sweet, sweet cake! (Literally, not in the adolescent vernacular way.) Although my roommate and I managed to polish off half of it in one night, I definitely wouldn’t recommend it. This is a party cake for sure – thin slices are best!