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Banana Mocha Cake

Banana Mocha Cake

I mentioned sometime last year that I was given my Great Aunt’s recipe collection that is likely over 100 years old.  The collection consists of mostly dessert recipes as she frequently took desserts to church functions.  I immediately wanted to start trying some the recipes but then life caught up with me and busy days!

banana mocha cake

So, this past weekend I decided to stop and take a look at her recipes and then I saw Banana Mocha Cake and I was hooked!  It did remind me more of a breakfast cake than a moist traditional cake.  The only change I made was using gluten free all purpose flour, which worked out just fine.

The other thing I noticed is with the icing it has a very gritty taste due to the sugar.  Although, I thought it complimented the cake well once it was frosted, I may try it with a powdered sugar next time.  I am still going to share the recipe exactly as she wrote it.

Banana Mocha Cake

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Banana Mocha Cake

Yield: Makes 1 9 inch round cake or 9 inch square cake



  • 2 Large Bananas, Mashed
  • 1 Tsp Dry Instant Coffee
  • 1 1/4 Cup Flour (or Gluten Free All Purpose Flour, I use Better Batter.)
  • 2/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Corn Starch
  • 3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/3 Cup Oil
  • 1 Tbsp White Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract


  • 3 Tbsp Butter, Softened
  • 1 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tsp Dry Instant Coffee
  • 2 Tbsp Milk
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 350*.
  2. Begin by stiring in the coffee into the banana.
  3. Next combine the remaining dry ingredients. At this point I used my stand mixer and added them into the mixing bowl with it. Mix this well.
  4. Add the banana mixture, egg, oil, vinegar, and vanilla into the dry ingredients and continue mixing until the batter forms.
  5. This was a more thick batter, not runny as typical box style cakes are.
  6. Place it into a greased 9 inch pan.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes at 350*.
  8. While the cake is baking combine all the frosting ingredients and whisk well until the frosting is formed.
  9. Once the cake has completely cooled, frost with the mocha frosting and serve.



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