Banana Cake with Chocolate Chunks

By using your pressure cooker for this dessert, you don't actually save any time, but this banana cake with chocolate chunks will be incredibly moist. It's a delicious mid morning or mid afternoon cake, perfect to go along with a cup of coffee.

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Banana Cake with Chocolate Chunks

  • Prep Time: 15 m
  • Cook Time: 50 m
  • Natural Release: 15 m
  • Total Time: 1 h 5 m
  • Servings:


  • ½ cup butter melted (1 stick or 4 ounces)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 ripe bananas mashed (about 1 cup)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or bitter-sweet chocolate chunks
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Butter a 7-inch cake pan.
  2. Mix the melted butter, sugar, egg, vanilla extract and bananas together in a large bowl. In a second bowl, combine the sour cream and the baking soda. In a third bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Finally, in a fourth bowl, combine the chocolate chunks, brown sugar and cinnamon. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with the sour cream mixture. Pour half of the batter into the buttered cake pan. Scatter half of the chocolate chip mixture on top. Cover with the remaining batter and then sprinkle the remaining chocolate chip mixture on top. Wrap the pan completely in a piece of well-greased aluminum foil.
  3. Place a rack in the bottom of the pressure cooker and add 2 cups of water. Lower the cake pan into the cooker using a sling made of aluminum foil (fold a piece of aluminum foil into a strip about 2-inches wide by 24-inches long). Fold the ends of the aluminum foil into the cooker and lock the lid in place.
  4. Pressure cook on HIGH for 50 minutes.
  5. Let the pressure drop NATURALLY and carefully remove the lid. Remove the cake pan from the cooker and let it cool. Transfer the cake to a serving plate and serve with a dollop of whipped cream if desired.
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