Recipe: Double Chocolate Tamarind Banana Brûlée Cake

Posted by joseph on Mar 9th 2019

Recipe: Double Chocolate Tamarind Banana Brûlée Cake

I was scrolling through EssieSpice's Instagram, came across this cake, drooled for approximately 3 minutes, and decided we all need to try it. The TamarindOH! adds a nice date-y richness to the cake and plays nicely with those bananas. Plus, it's a stunningly beautiful piece to pull out when you have guests! 



  • 2 semi-sweet chocolate baking bars
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup TamarindOH!
  • 1 banana


  • 3 semi-sweet chocolate baking bars
  • 1/2 cup TamarindOH!
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Banana Brûlée Topping

  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease cake pans with butter and a light dusting of flour.
  • Over a deep pan of boiling water, place a metal mixing bowl over the boiling water to melt the chocolate, Tamarind and milk for the glaze. Keep stirring to make sure you have a smooth texture. Set this aside. Do the same for the chocolate going into the cake mixture. Alternatively, you can microwave chocolate bars and 1/2 cup water in a large microwave-safe bowl at HIGH for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until chocolate is melted and smooth, stirring once halfway through.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, sugar and butter in a medium bowl.
  • Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended. Stir in chocolate mixture and vanilla. Add the rest of the ingredients for the cake and beat till smooth on medium to low speed.
  • Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven, lay it on a plate or wire racks to cool.
  • Drizzle the glaze all over the cake and spread out the layer so it's even on all sides.
  • Peel Banana and slice it along the middle to expose seeds. Place gently on cake with seed side showing up.
  • Sprinkle about a tablespoon of sugar on each banana, get your food torch and gently but expertly brûlée the sugar on the banana until it turns a golden brown. 

Recipe, Photo: EssieSpice