February 27, 2015

Nutella Banana Monkey Cake – no monkeys included


I told my son we were making Nutella banana monkey cake for our church meeting, and he asked if we were putting monkeys in there.  Reasonable question for a toddler.After I told him no, there were no monkeys on the ingredients list, he asked if we could put ponies in there.  Umm, what? (Note to self: spend more time teaching toddler about animals)

Nutella Banana Monkey Bread www.bestofbabylady.com

But weird eating habits aside, this cake basically exploded my concept of dessert baking.  I know most people just eat Nutella with a spoon (oh wait, is that just me?), but did you know it’s probably the best baking ingredient since, well, ever? Just look at this cake. Not only was it gorgeous (I mean, there’s Nutella literally spilling over the sides), but it was mouthwateringly delicious…because of Nutella.  Did I mention Nutella?  You really don’t even need any more reasons for why you should try this recipe out.  Nutella.

Nutella Banana Monkey Bread www.bestofbabylady.com

For the Nutella holder…I mean the cake:
2 1/4 tsp dry yeast
3 Tbsp butter, melted
1/4 cup  sugar
1/3 cup of milk, warmed to 110 F
3 large overripe bananas, pureed
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 large egg, room temperature

1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon

1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla
For the best part, I mean Nutella sauce:
1 cup Nutella
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions for dough:

  • Combine warm milk, white sugar, and yeast in standing mixer bowl.  Let stand for 10 minutes to activate yeast.
  • In a separate bowl, puree bananas.
  • Once yeast is activated, add in melted butter and bananas to standing mixer and mix on low with a dough hook.
  • Gradually add in dry ingredients (flour, salt, nutmeg).  Knead with dough hooks for about 8 minutes. 
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise for 1-1.5 hours, or until doubled.

Sugaring the dough:

  • Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1 Tbsp cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  • After dough has doubled in size, pluck out lumps of dough (ping-pong ball sized), roll in sugar mixture, and place into your bundt cake pan.
  • Periodically sprinkle some of the sugar mixture over the dough in the pan.

Glazing and baking:

  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • While oven is preheating, melt butter in a small sauce pan. Whisk in brown sugar and stir continuously until mixture is light brown in color.
  • Pour glaze over dough in pan and bake for 15 minutes. Cover with foil, and bake another 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes.  Turn cake over onto a large plate.

While cake is baking, make the magic sauce (Nutella glaze, obviously)

  • Measure out Nutella and chocolate chips in a bowl.
  • Bring cream to a low boil on stove.  Pour over Nutella and chocolate and stir until smooth.
  • Refrigerate to cool.

Ganaching (yes that’s officially a word):

  • Remove ganache from fridge.  Drizzle over the monkey bread and then dump the rest of it out in the center of the cake.

Last step, bring your cake to a party and take a bow as all of your friends ooh and ahh over your pretty, pony-free,  Nutella masterpiece.


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Iulia is a former educator turned stay-at-home mama of a spunky toddler and a squishy infant. With a touch of sass and a good dose of self-deprecating humor, she has an ever-expanding repertoire of bloopers, insights, stories, and impassioned opinions to share. Iulia likes to think she has this parenting gig figured out, but her littles remind her daily just how far from the truth that is.

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  • lifewithlorelai@gmail.com'
    Reply Life With Lorelai February 27, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Oh, yum… we love Nutella! This cake looks great. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week. πŸ™‚

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    Reply Mariet - Practicingnormal March 2, 2015 at 1:56 am

    This looks so delicious, even if there is no monkeys in there. I’m saving the recipe to try over the weekend. Thank you for sharing. #MondayMadness
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    Reply elizabeth March 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Yum! This reminds me of Christmas morning! We always had this!

    • Reply Bestofbaby March 2, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      Oh fun! We’re a cinnamon rolls family on Christmas morning πŸ™‚

  • leanne@thetransplantedsoutherner.com'
    Reply Leanne | The Transplanted Southerner March 2, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    Yummm! I can’t wait to try this!
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    • Reply Bestofbaby March 2, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      You won’t regret it if you do!

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    Reply Jules Ruud March 2, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    This looks so freaking DELICIOUS, I want to make it NOW. Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to try it. #MommyMeetupMondays
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    Reply Brandyn March 2, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Holy cow! This looks AMAZING! Definitely going to be trying this one!

    Thank you for sharing with us at #MommyMeetupMondays!
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    Reply Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom March 4, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Ummmmm, yum!

    Anything with Nutella and I’m THERE!

    This looks and sounds fabulous!

    Thanks for sharing.
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    Reply Maria March 4, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Ok, you had me at Nutella! But the pictures alone make it look so mouthwatering. It’s not even 9 am and I’m already craving sweets…lol. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful and delicious dessert. Definitely trying it sometime soon πŸ™‚
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    Reply Becky @ bybmg March 4, 2015 at 10:34 am

    That looks so tasty! I don’t think I take advantage of Nutella to the extent I should! Thanks for sharing this with Tuesday Talk! We’d love it if you would link back so others can find the great posts in the link up! πŸ™‚
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  • mrs.aok05@gmail.com'
    Reply Mrs. AOK March 8, 2015 at 9:54 am

    NUTELLA!!! You married two of the most yummiest flavors Nutella and bananas, and you won my heart. πŸ˜‰
    I’m craving a piece of this now, I’m just mad nobody has come up with a way to make Willy Wonka’s Candy TV a thing…
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