Banana & Nutella Cake for World Nutella Day 2008

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world nutella day 2008!Well you had to know that a What’s Cooking Wednesday recipe with Nutella was coming up . . . World Nutella Day 2008 is less than a week away!

Don’t forget to post your entry on your blog and send the link and photo to nutelladay [at] nutelladay [dot] com by February 4th to be included in the big round-up!

Yesterday my co-host of World Nutella Day 2008 Sara of Ms. Adventures in Italy posted her experiment with Nutella and a variety of fruits. Go see Sara’s recommendations on which fruits “go” with Nutella and which are, ahem, better off as just friends.

Sara’s post got me thinking about my own World Nutella Day contribution from last year, which was a very understated slice of banana on a Nutella-coated cracker sprinkled with nutmeg.

I wanted to bake something this year but I still love that banana and Nutella combination, so I turned to my trusty Louise’s Banana Cake recipe that I posted a while back and kicked it up a notch. With Nutella, of course.

Banana & Nutella Cake

Banana and Nutella Cake for World Nutella Day 2008

1 c mashed bananas (2 medium, overripe)

1 1/2 c sugar
1 c vegetable shortening

3 eggs

3 c flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 c sour milk (add 2 tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar to sour it)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1 c chopped nuts (optional)

1 small jar of Nutella (drinking glass size!)

Mash bananas and set aside.

Mix together sugar and shortening, and then add eggs and beat until pale yellow.

Mix together the dry ingredients, and then add them to the sugar/shortening mixture, alternating with sour milk and vanilla. Batter will be thick.

Add bananas and the nuts if you’re using them, and beat until blended.

With this batter, I made a loaf cake and about 20 mini-cupcakes. First I filled half the loaf pan with batter and then spooned Nutella length-wise down the middle, swirling it with a toothpick as such:

Banana and Nutella Cake in progress

Then I poured more batter on top until the pan was 3/4 full and repeated the Nutella swirling process again. FYI, this used up about half the jar of Nutella. If you like more Nutella in there, by all means, go right ahead and swirl away!

For the mini-cupcakes, I filled the cups 3/4 full and then put a dollop of Nutella on top and swirled it around così:

Banana and Nutella Cupcakes in progress

Bake at 325°F (162°C).

If baking a 13 x9 cake, it should take about 45 minutes; my loaf pan took about 45 minutes as well. The mini-cupcakes took about 20 minutes at this temperature, but always be sure to test–remove when the tops springs back from the touch and/or when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Banana and Nutella Mini-Cupcake for World Nutella Day

Buon appetito and remember to send your World Nutella Day entries to nutelladay [at] nutelladay [dot] com by February 4th to be included in the round-up!


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36 Beans of Wisdom to “Banana & Nutella Cake for World Nutella Day 2008”
  1. I wish we could start eating before you put it in the oven – that creamy goodness looks gooooooooood. Yum!!

    I am going to have to do some baking this weekend – the fruit experiment just got me itching to do something more complicated for Monday! 🙂

    Sara, obviously we’re on the same page b/c truth be told, I consumed far too much batter and Nutella yesterday…raw eggs be damned!

  2. 01.30.2008

    YUM! You can NOT come see me unless you bring some of those. Well, you can still come. Just bring the recipe! Dang those look gooood.

    Cherrye’s last blog post..So Long, Joe

    Hmm…I think I’m sensing that maybe you might like me to bring these?

  3. 01.30.2008

    YUM!!!! I want Nutella!

    With my chocolate cravings…

    I’ve had a lot of crepes with nutella and strawberries, but I never thought to bake with nutella. Yummy.

    roam 2 rome’s last blog post..The new “Q”

    The best thing about Nutella inside the banana bread is that it stays gooey 🙂

  4. 01.30.2008

    Oh, this looks waaaaayyyyyyy too good! I have a flock of teens coming over the weekend – I think I *need* to make this! YUM! Now I have to get cracking on my nutella recipe.

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..What’s Cooking Wednesday: Eggplant Lentil Stew with charred onions and yogurt over Cashew Cinnamon Couscous

    Can’t wait to see what you come up with Jen!

  5. Sandy

    MMMMMMMM – I can’t wait to try this!! I know what I am doing tonight!

    I Love World Nutella Day!!

    Glad to hear it Sandy! Let me know what you think!

  6. 01.30.2008

    OMG that is heaven in a loaf! I need to try that.

    Nino, I have to agree with you on that heaven thing. It’s pretty darn good if I do say so myself 😉

  7. 01.30.2008

    Oh yum yum yum yum. Must must try too!

    LJ, I have to agree on the yum x 4. I’ve already eaten *way* too much of this for just one person (and two dogs who can only have the banana parts)!

  8. 01.30.2008

    wow! I WISH WE HAD AN OVEN 🙂

    erin’s last blog post..cioccolata passeggiata

    Aw, I keep forgetting about that oven thing…someday though, right?

  9. carla Magziar

    Dear Michelle,

    How blessed am I, having a wonderful neighbour, that not only cooks, but bakes as well.
    I am sitting here drinking Earl grey Tea & eating your wonderful. sublime banana & nutella cake

    What can I say WOW WOW, you are going to make an awful lot of people happy with this recipe

    Of Course there is no CALORIES right!

    Ciao & grazie Mille

    Ciao Carla, when it’s baked with love there are *never* calories 😉 Thanks for the testimonial!

  10. 01.30.2008

    Yummy! I baked my Nutella creation last night and just enjoyed it for breakfast! It’s actually quite similar to yours. The banana and Nutella combination is fabulous! ; )

    Anali’s last blog post..Birthday Cake Freakout

    Bananas and Nutella are really such a wonderful pair, aren’t they? Bananas are really such a loving fruit 🙂

  11. oops sorry if this posts twice.

    I linked to Sara and your blogs about Nutella Day for those who need more information about this very important event.

    I am also making a Banana/Nutella recipe. They go so well together.

    This cake looks amazing!!!

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..World Nutella Day 2008!

    Thanks! Can’t wait to see your recipe 🙂

  12. Bipolarlawyercook

    Mmmm. Save me some, I’m headed to the airport as soon as I find my passport!

    Bipolarlawyercook’s last blog post..Woke up, got out of bed/Dragged a comb across my head

    Pesky passports!!!

  13. 01.30.2008

    wow your cake looks so cute! I love how it looks with the nutella swirled inside. I might have to get back in the kitchen and play around with my half empty jar of nutella 🙂

    amanda’s last blog post..nectar of the gods

    Fun fun fun with Nutella–enjoy Amanda! Woohoo!

  14. 01.30.2008

    oh my! This looks heavenly. Decadent, but heavenly.

    anno’s last blog post..What’s Cooking Wednesday: Braised Rapini

    Ah but heavenly and decadent are such good friends 🙂

  15. 01.30.2008

    Ohhhhh…banana and nutella. Sounds so delish! And all of your pictures look so fab 🙂 Big fan of the swirlies and the individual muffins!!!

    My Melange’s last blog post..A trip to Provence…

    I love the swirlies too! And individual servings make it a bit harder to overindulge when I can actually count how many of them I’ve eaten…so I’m a fan of those too 😉

  16. Eryn

    I want one of those cupcakes right now 🙂

    I’ll post my Nutella Day contribution this weekend…….it’s a recipe I’ve made before con nutella 🙂 that has always been a crowd pleaser!!!

    Eryn, can’t wait! Be sure to let us know where to find you!

  17. k

    O. MY. GOSH.

    That looks SO good! I am so drooling…

    K, careful! No drooling on the keyboard!

  18. World Nutella Day?! That’s wicked (as in awesomely amazing)! 🙂

    Yum and double yum.

    Absolute Vanilla… (and Atyllah)’s last blog post..Introducing Vanilla – the pre-published author

    Yes Absolute and Atyllah! I hope you’ll celebrate with us!

  19. 01.30.2008

    Oh yum!!

    Shan’s last blog post..what’s cooking wednesday – moist caramel apple cake

    ‘Tis indeed 🙂

  20. 01.31.2008

    Oh, that sounds (and looks) amazing! Whenever I make banana bread, I always add chocolate chips, because –duh– chocolate chips make something good even better. Next time I should definitely try Nutella instead. Thanks for the tip. 🙂

    Stefanie’s last blog post..More things that make sense only when I’m half asleep

    Mmm…I definitely agree with the Great Chocolate Chip Theory!

  21. 01.31.2008

    if this is the start, i think i might just bake my way through world nutella day! i have my jars & am ready to tackle all these creative new endeavors…& i am working on a recipe of my own. thanks for co-hosting this event!

    qualcosa di bello’s last blog post..soup’s on…

    Yes yes Qualcosa! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  22. 01.31.2008

    This looks delish! Thanks for the heads up…. my husband would bathe in Nutella if he could. LOL. He loves it that much.

    bella’s last blog post..not wilted or withering

    Hah, bathing in Nutella…hmm…there’s a creative way to enjoy Nutella for World Nutella Day!

  23. Maryann

    Looks yummy. If you really like the banana/Nutella combo, you should try it on crepes. Banana, Nutella, whipped cream..oh my! I’ll have to post it for you 🙂

    Maryann’s last blog post..Daring Bakers, Expose Your Logs!

    *So* looking forward to some great crepe/banana/Nutella/whipped cream recipes for World Nutella Day!

  24. Nutella rocks! We had tons of it during a past Italy trip and have been hooked ever since. Thanks for the reminder and we’ll be getting some nutella soon. Happy Nutella Day!

    Hi WORC, and welcome! Happy Nutella Day to you as well 🙂

  25. Miss-Mrs

    Yay for your new location! I love the look! And this sounds like it might possibly be the best thing I’ll ever taste. I love banana bread and I LOVE nutella! Oh my gosh, I’m so excited to try it!

    Miss-Mrs’s last blog post..For Your Perusing Pleasure…

    Glad you like the new place! Hope you’ll try out the recipe and let me know what you think 🙂

  26. Rita

    Wow!!!!! That looks Nutellalicious!!!!
    I LOVE nutella, spreaded, cooked, smelled or neat.
    Have you seen an Italian film by where the protagonist bathes in a giant jar of nutella?
    It is my dream….
    Thank you for the great recipes!

    Hah! Thank *you* Rita–but no, I haven’t seen that film. Sounds dreamy 😉

  27. 01.31.2008

    Oh boy.

    The Nutella banana cake will be mine. MINE.

    I may have Sunday free this week, depending on if I’m out walking (in the snow) for one day or two.
    If Sunday is free, then Sunday will officially be Nutella banana cake day in the Mikeachim household.

    Millions of people will come from far and wide, drawn by the smell, and the foundations of my rented house will crack and crumble, and my landlady will be hopping mad and it’ll ruin me, financially and also in a specific roof-over-head sense.
    But by then, I will have had Nutella banana cake, so it won’t matter.

    Mikeachim’s last blog post..Webisodes, Lostisodes and Accountisodes: Inclusive Or Exclusive?

    OK but I will not be held responsible for any resulting homelessness or personal destruction. That reminds me—Note to Self: Write blog disclaimer. Enjoy the cake!

  28. 02.01.2008

    There’s nothing for it but for me to go out and buy more bananas and nutella.

    Pearl’s last blog post..Bunny Logic Cuisine

    Bake away Pearl! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  29. I love Nutella! I think I will have to go buy a jar and make something on the 4th in honor of World Nutella Day. I also may try making that banana/nutella cake. That looks ridiculously good!

    Hope you’ll participate even if it’s just picking up a spoon and digging in 😉

  30. Just M.

    So I tried to make these muffins today – though “regular” sized instead of mini or in bread form. I don’t know what I did “wrong” but the batter I made was enough to make 3 dozen muffins! My batter also didn’t come out as dark as yours….but oh man, the results were just out of this world! I used a small ice cream scoop and put a scoop of batter into the mold first, then I added the nutella – spread that around with toothpicks – and then another scoop of batter on top! Baked it at 325′ for about 20-25 and it’s PERFECT! Thank you SO much!!!

    Actually that sounds about right because I made lots of mini-muffins *and* a loaf with this recipe. And I also *really* let them bake that time in the oven–my banana bread is usually much lighter, probably the way yours came out in fact. To be honest, I like it better that way. So glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for coming back and letting me know 🙂

  31. 11.18.2010

    i’ve just made it the bbbbb-best one!

    love it so much ; d

    So glad you enjoyed!

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