Memorial Day Baking: “No Nuts” Chocolate Banana Cake, Blueberry Crumb Cake

My daughter is home from college. She complained about the rhubarb crisp I made because it had nuts. When I asked her what she liked, she said chocolate chip banana cake. My sister Madeline, a professional baker, provided this easy “no nut” recipe. While I’m a nut fanatic and think every meal should include nuts, I admit this  cake is moist and yummy.


 Madeline’s “No Nuts” Chocolate Chip Banana Cake


2 c flour

1tsp baking powder

1tsp baking soda

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1 1/2 c sugar

2 eggs

3 small bananas

3/4 cup sour milk or buttermilk

1 tsp vanilla

a bunch of mini chocolate chips or reg sized ones

Beat butter, add sugar then eggs then alternate dry with wet

fills two loaf pans bake for 35 min @375


I get a bit carried away at Costco- isn’t that the point of the place?

I bought a big box of blueberries. Unlike grapes that people might pick at as they walk through the kitchen, the blueberries weren’t moving.  Hence a blueberry dessert. Dress it up with strawberries and vanilla ice cream and it’s a perfect Memorial Day cake.  My mother found this Maida Heatter  recipe in the Hartford Courant years ago.   As kids, we went blueberry picking and she made this all the time.   My oven runs hot- so watch carefully. And my daughter even liked it—the nuts were chopped quite fine and are layered under the crumb topping! HA!

Maida Heatter’s Blueberry Crumb Cake  

2 cups blueberries

1 tsp cinnamon

½ cup butter

½ tsp. salt

1 egg

2 1/3 cups flour

1 ¼ cups sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. vanilla

½ cup milk

grated rind of 1 lemon

½ cup chopped nuts

dry breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 375

Butter 9-inch square baking pan and dust with breadcrumbs

Wash and drain berries

Mix 1/3 cup flour, cinnamon, ½ cup sugar, cut in ¼ cup butter until crumbs, set aside.

Sift together remaining flour, baking powder and salt.

Put berries in a bowl and sprinkle with 1 ½ tbs. (approx) of dry ingredients, stir, set aside.

Cream remaining butter with rest of sugar, beat in vanilla and egg until light and fluffy.

Stir in remaining dry ingredients, alternating with milk, stir in lemon rind.

Pour stiff batter over blueberries and fold together.

Turn into buttered baking pan.

Sprinkle with nuts and cinnamon topping.

Bake about 50 minutes.

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2 Responses to Memorial Day Baking: “No Nuts” Chocolate Banana Cake, Blueberry Crumb Cake

  1. Madeline Taylor says:

    i’m getting fat just reminiscing about these recipes!


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