Chocolate Monkey Snack Cake

Chocolate Monkey Snack Cake: Cozycakes Cottage

There’s really no excuse for calling this a snack cake.  As if it’s good for you and equal to eating a handful of dried fruit as a mid-day snack.  I digress because who cares what it’s called, right?  Some of you know (okay, like 3 of you know, but that’s “some”) that I don’t care for bananas.  I eat a few a week because I’m completely devoted to my health (ahahahahahahahahahahahaaa!), but I don’t enjoy them.  Too dry.

Chocolate Monkey Snack Cake: Cozycakes Cottage

But I love them in my mama’s banana bread or a nice banana cream pie.  You know, that kind of thing.  And I love it in this chocolate cake.  Mmmm.  Though many people hate this word, I have to say it: it’s so moist.  If you’ve a couple bananas headed for the trash soon, save their little souls and make this cake!

Chocolate Monkey Snack Cake

Chocolate Monkey Snack Cake
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A delicious snack cake great for using up those ripe bananas. Since it's a "snack", why not have two pieces?
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6 to 10
  • (adapted from Betty Crocker)
  • Ingredients
  • •2 very ripe bananas
  • •1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • • ⅓ cup water
  • •1 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • •1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • •1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • •1 and ¼ cups flour
  • •3/4 cup sugar
  • •1/4 cup dark cocoa powder (I use rich, dark, Dutch-processed)
  • •1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • •1 tsp. baking soda
  • •1/3 cup milk chocolate chips
  • •1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mash the two bananas well with a fork. Stir in oil and water. In a small bowl, mix instant coffee granules with vanilla extract and vinegar and add to banana mixture. Add the flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, baking soda and mix until combined. Mix the milk chocolate chips and semi-sweet chips together in a small bowl. Add ⅓ cup of chips to batter and stir until just combined. Pour batter into an ungreased 8 x 8-inch pan. Sprinkle remaining ⅓ chips on top of batter. Bake for about 33-38 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool slightly (about 10-15 minutes) before serving. We prefer it warm.
  2. Enjoy! ♥



20 thoughts on “Chocolate Monkey Snack Cake

  1. Just finished my piece, warm from the oven and sooo yummy! Even though it’s 100 degrees outside, I couldn’t wait till fall to try it. Thanks for sharing! My husband loves it too!

    1. Hi Leslie! Thank you for letting me know you tried it & enjoyed it–so good to hear! 🙂 The heat isn’t stopping me from baking either LOL. Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. Thanks again!

  2. This looks amazing! So moist and yummy! I bet it’s awesome with tea 🙂 I’m not a banana fan either… at least not when it comes to just peeling a banana and eating it…but I do love them in cakes and I make a very unusual salad dressing with bananas! Sounds weird, but it’s awesome! Thanks for sharing your delicious cake recipe with us. XOXO ~M

  3. Sounds amazing but what is the apple cider vinegar for? I don’t see it added to batter anywhere or am I blind?

    1. Hello! I’m sorry, I edited the directions to include the vinegar. Apologies and thanks for stopping by!

  4. Just made this on Friday OMG! Everyone loved it and the dutch cocoa makes it happen! Thanks for an easy delicious recipe1

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