Chunky Monkey Cake

If you love Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey, you'll love this banana and fudge cake.


  • Banana cake:
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1/3 cup canned full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon coconut vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon banana extract
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup cup walnuts, chopped
  • Banana frosting:
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup blended banana
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Splash of soy milk
  • Toppings
  • Vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin pan with 12 cupcake liners or trace a 9-inch round cake pan on parchment paper with a pencil. Cut the circle out. Coat the cake pan with nonstick spray and flour and place parchment paper circle on top.
  2. In a medium bowl, mash a very ripe banana until mostly smooth. Measure a 1/2 cup and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together soy milk, coconut milk, and vinegar, set aside.
  4. In an electric mixer, whisk together the butter and sugar until creamy. Add in mashed banana and extracts, whisking until combined.
  5. Sift the flour, baking soda, and baking powder into the butter and sugar mixture. Add the milk and vinegar mixture to the bowl, whisking all ingredients together to combine.
  6. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts.
  7. Using an ice cream scooper, fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Transfer to cooling rack.
  8. If making a cake, bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when poked in the center of the cake. To remove cake from pan, place a cooling rack upside down on top of cake, then flip. Place on a flat surface, and slowly remove the cake pan and parchment paper. Let cool.
  9. In an electric mixer, blend the butter and shortening on medium speed. Once creamed together, mix in the blended banana. When the banana is thoroughly mixed in, add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract. If the frosting looks too grainy, increase the speed to the highest setting and add in a couple splashes of soy milk.
  10. Frost cake or cupcakes, and sprinkle with chocolate chips and walnuts. Enjoy!