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Bite-size Banana Pound Cakes

by Emma on July 6, 2010

in Dessert


Did I mention these are dipped in dark chocolate? 

No. Well, they are. 

You know, I don't usually tell people this but, since we are friends and all I guess I will just come clean here: I was a chocolate-loving chubby kid growing up. It's true. I used to get these terrible migraines. And they said it might be because I ate too much chocolate.

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I was not deterred. And luckily I grew out out of it, I no longer have migraines. I still love chocolate.

When I was a teenager I had acne. They said it might help if I ate less chocolate.

I thought, "Who needs boyfriends anyway."

I still love chocolate. And oddly enough I still sometimes have acne-I thought this stopped when you were an "adult," so um…ahem…I'm still waiting.

So that's my secret, I love chocolate more than health and a social life. Always have. Not sorry. 


Aside from the chocolate coating, these pound cakes are yummy. They are surprisingly light and fluffy, subtly sweet and the banana flavor is pronounced without being overpowering.

Adapted from The Martha Stewart Cookbook

Ingredients: 2 cups flour, 1 stick of softened butter, 1 cup sugar, 3 eggs, 1 overly ripe banana, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 cup buttermilk (or 2% milk)

Cream together softened butter, sugar and banana until fluffy. Fold in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly stir in the buttermilk. Since I made tiny bite-sized loafs I baked at 325 F for 12-15 minutes, but if you use a loaf pan it will take longer, at least 45 minutes or maybe more. 

Once my mini loafs cooled I dipped them in melted dark chocolate with 1 tablespoon butter. Other yummy garnishes would include fresh berries and whip cream, a little scoop of ice cream, honey, whatever you desire.


Update: Since you were curious-I used a Wilton bite-size silicone mold for these. You can see more details about it here. They say use it for brownies but it can bake tiny cookies or cakes and it can be used as a candy mold. It's cool like that, it's the only silicone mold I own and so far I have been pretty impressed by it.


eeny July 6, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Sometimes I wish I ate/liked bananas… they look so yummy.

anita July 6, 2010 at 3:08 pm

These look great! What type of pan did you cook these bite-sized loafs in? (This question will surely expose my amateur baking status…LOL) They are too cute! :)

Chris Aiton July 6, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I am echoing anita’s question – what type of pan did you use??? I love the idea of these and would love to bake them and then freeze them for whenever. Thanks for the idea!

Nicole Ashley July 6, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I fully support the chocolate over boys and health! I have some banana’s languishing away, it will be nice to make something in addition to the obligatory banana bread :)

Bekka July 6, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Cute and scrumptious! Anita and Chris, I don’t know what Emma used, but I have a silicone mini brownie pan from Michael’s that I think will be perfect for this.

Som Banerjee July 7, 2010 at 12:36 am

These reminded me of chocolate dipped Biscotti, but I am thrilled to see that these are bite sized cake. The size is perfect for a buffet spread and also to pop in a couple to snack on. Lovely recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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