Randy Mayor
16 servings (serving size: 1 piece)

This easy-to-make snack cake has deep chocolate taste. For more banana flavor and a slight crunch, top the cake with crumbled banana chips before baking. You can sell the cake whole or package individual pieces.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Spoon applesauce onto several layers of heavy-duty paper towels; spread to 1/2-inch thickness. Cover with additional paper towels; let stand 5 minutes. Scrape applesauce into a bowl using a rubber spatula.

Step 3

Combine sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add applesauce and banana, beating until blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in coffee and vanilla.

Step 4

Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and remaining ingredients except powdered sugar, stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture to egg mixture; stir just until combined. Scrape batter into an 8-inch baking pan lined with parchment paper, spreading evenly. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

FarmerD's Review

October 28, 2014
I'm a white cake fan, but this could make me a chocolate cake lover. Tasty, moist, easy to make. I don't taste the banana but like what it does. The paper towel approach with the applesauce sounded gross and wasteful, so I used a fine strainer, instead, to take out the extra moisture and save it for breakfast oatmeal.

EllenDeller's Review

January 29, 2014
These are insanely delicious bars and so moist & tender, somewhere between a soft brownie and a cake. I used instant espresso powder and pureed prunes (baby food aisle) instead of applesauce b/c prunes give a richness to anything chocolate. And I used Hodgson Mill 50/50 whole wheat & white flour blend. These are great in the lunchbox, but also fantastic with a little strawberry ice cream for desert.

kbrandan's Review

January 08, 2014
Not bad

pdiana's Review

June 24, 2013
Excellent not too sweet, taste like a brownie with banana flavour

Rhobley's Review

June 21, 2013
Wonderful recipe!!! I have made it many times :)

themetz4's Review

February 21, 2012
I have made this recipe about a dozen times -- never gets old. Great way to use extra ripe bananas. I add chocolate chips or chunks.

sccook's Review

August 30, 2010
Really good, really easy snack cake. I used cinnamon applesauce because it's what I had on hand. Very moist and chocolatey. I baked for exactly 40 minutes and that was perfect in my oven. I would definitely make again as a family dessert or as a snack for my kids.

natalieh8's Review

June 26, 2010
Wonderful! I used a mix of half whole wheat flour and half all purpose. Used 1.5 large bananas. I skipped the coffee, and instead added 1/2 tsp almond extract for a nice nutty flavor. Served warm with reduced fat vanilla ice cream- WOW!!

MollyMomOf2's Review

February 02, 2010
Yummy! Easy to put together and much healthier than a typical dessert. I used 2 bananas and omitted the instant coffee. I also used white whole wheat flour. The whole family enjoyed them!

mgd1945's Review

October 17, 2009
very moist and flavorful. I substituted 1/2 cake whole wheat flour and used 1/2 cup fatfree sour cream. Worthy to repeat and repeat.