Banana-Marzipan Loaf Cake
Makes 1 (9-inch) loaf (about 12 servings).
Note: Marzipan is a sweet mixture of almond paste and sugar. Find it in your supermarket’s baking section.
• Butter or oil for greasing pan
• ¾ c. sugar
• ½ c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
• 3 medium overripe bananas, mashed
• 2 eggs
• 1 tsp. vanilla extract
• 1¾ c. all-purpose flour
• 1 tbsp. baking powder
• ½ tsp. salt
• ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
• 7 oz. marzipan (see Note)
• 1 c. dark chocolate chips, optional
Heat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-inch loaf pan. Beat the sugar and butter with the paddle attachment of a stand mixer (or with a handheld mixer) until light and fluffy. Add the bananas, eggs and vanilla, and beat until well combined.
In a separate medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Chop or tear the marzipan into small pieces and add to the flour mixture, stirring to coat each piece with flour and prevent the marzipan pieces from sticking together. Stir in the chocolate chips if you’re using them. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir just until combined.