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Shredded Chocolate Banana Cake

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Servings: 1
Categories: Cakes / Chocolate / Desserts

2  c  All purpose flour, unsifted
1  t  Baking soda
1/4  ts  Baking powder
1/4  ts  Salt
3/4  c  Bittersweet chocolate,
3    Bananas, fully ripe
1/4  c  Half-and-half
2  ts  Vanilla extract
6  tb  Unsalted butter, room temp.
2  tb  Shortening
1  c  Sugar
2    Eggs, room temp.
    Confectioner's sugar(option)

Butter or spray with non-stick cooking spray a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan; set aside. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt onto a sheet of wax paper. Place the grated chocolate in a bowl and stir 1 ts of the sifted mixture; set aside. Mash bananas in a bowl and stir in half-and-half and vanilla; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and shortening on moderate speed for 3 to 4 minutes. Raise speed to moderately high, add half of sugar and beat for 1 minute; add remaining sugar and beat 1 minute longer, scraping down sides and bottom of the bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in banana mixture on low speed. On low speed, blend in flour mixture in 2 additions, beating just until particles of flour have been absorbed. Stir in chocolate by hand. Pour and scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour or slightly longer - until risen, golden brown on top, and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean and dry. Cool on a rack for 3 to 4 minutes. Carefully invert onto a second rack, remove pan and invert the cake again to cool right side up. Sift confectioner's sugar on the top.

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