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Category Archives: Desserts
This cake was served at a baby shower luncheon I attended. When I requested the recipe, the hostess said it’s in a cookbook that I just happen to have! It’s refreshing, light, and delicious… and true to its name. 🙂
Source: Dear SOS: Dessert Recipe Requests to the Los Angeles Times by Rose Dosti (former food editor of the Times). The book states: “Despite the dubious title, the cake has been a great favorite for at least a decade. The cake and its many improvisations probably circulated in the Southeastern Seaboard and passed across the country through food editors.”
Whenever a former colleague — a confirmed chocoholic — brought this to work, we all went crazy over it. Fortunately, she shared the recipe! It’s very easy and quick to make, very chocolatey, and very good!
The original source for this recipe is Chef Mike Roy, probably during the 1970s. My mom made this many times for company. One Christmas, I took it to our neighbors’ annual extended family Christmas party. Our neighbors returned the empty pan saying they polished it off by themselves (in other words… they loved it!). Variations might include almond extract in place of vanilla (if using cherry pie filling), or an apple pie filling in place of the cherries. It can be served hot or cold, but, like most fruit cobbler-type desserts, I recommend serving it warm… with ice cream!
We found this recipe on an old, yellowed index card, tucked away with other family recipes in a forgotten box on a high shelf in our kitchen. The card includes the following note: “May be frosted with a banana frosting or eaten plain.” Either way, it’s delicious. We love the rich, moist texture and robust banana taste, and agreed that it needs no frosting.