Triple Banana Cake

This one’s for the banana lovers.  First of all, because they have bananas in them (two kinds in fact – see below), but also because they include banana pudding.  The pudding adds to the banana flavor, but it also makes this cake incredibly moist.

Plus we’re going to cheat a little by using a box of yellow cake mix.  It just makes everything easier, and easier is usually better.

This cake is a little different, but really good (and simple).  Try it!

Ingredients

  • 3 overripe (like brown/black) bananas*
  • 1 box, yellow cake mix
  • 1 3.4 oz. box, instant banana pudding (make sure it’s instant)
  • 2 t vanilla
  • ½ t cinnamon
  • ½ t nutmeg
  • ½ cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 eggs, brought to room temperature
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ cups ground vanilla wavers
  • 2 regularly ripe bananas

*  If you’re like me, you always have a couple bananas that go bad before you eat them.  But don’t toss them – let them get completely brown/black and put them in the freezer.  When you find a recipe that calls for overripe bananas, take them out, defrost them and use them like that!

Directions

Butter and flour a 9” x 13” baking dish and set it aside.

Now on to the cooking part!  First off, mash your overripe bananas and put them into a large bowl.  IMG_1127Add in the cake mix, pudding mix, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter.  Mix until well blended.

Next, add in the eggs and water and mix again, until once again everything is well blended.  Don’t overmix it – just get it smooth. IMG_1129

Add in the chocolate chips and stir with a wooden spoon and then pour the batter into your prepared baking dish.

Take your ground vanilla wafers and sprinkle them evenly around the top of the batter, then slice the ripe bananas and place them over the top of that.IMG_1133IMG_1135

Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes, until the edges start to get golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out dry.

Remove from the oven and put the baking dish on a wire rack to cool completely.  When it’s cooled, slice and serve!   Simple, yet really tasty!IMG_1171IMG_1184

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