Thursday, 17 March 2011

236: Banana Cake

Tra-la-la, Tra-la-la, One banana, two banana, three banana, more. No, three bananas is quite sufficient. And  that's quite enough of the banana splits too thank you very much.

I needed a favour at work. So, I threw in some bribery in the promise of banana cake. I duly received my favour and Rob duly received a couple of slices of banana cake. And I think everyone was pretty happy with the outcome.

  • 3 bananas, preferably ripe/over ripe (because it's easier to mash them)
  • 225gs softened butter
  • 225gs brown sugar
  • 120gs sultanas
  • 3tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 150ml vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
Well, basically it's just to mix it all up together. Doing it the right order makes life slightly simpler - but this is pretty forgiving.
  • Cream butter and sugar together in a bowl
  • Mash the bananas, and stir them and the sultanas in
  • Sift in flour, bicarb and baking powder. Mix
  • Add the eggs. Mix
  • Add the oil. Mix
  • Preheat oven to 180c
  • Butter a loaf tin.
  • Cook for ~45 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
I've made this before without the Sultanas and while I like a Sultana, I don't think they add a deal to proceedings here. Next time out, I'll probably skip them.

I cooked this in one a fancy new silicone loaf tin. Which resulted in the sides of the cake bowing out in the middle. It still rose pretty well though. The edges of the cake go nice and crispy - I think this must be the oil that does that. The middle is nice and moist.

Unfortunately I've lost the photos, so you'll just have to trust it was a good 'un.


  1. Try soaking the saltanas in rum for an hour or so first... makes the whole thing extra special!

  2. Haven't seen a cake on here for a while, and now I still haven't - lost the photos indeed - did you burn it? It sounds like it might have been tasty. What was the feedback from your favour giving friend? So are the silicon tins not worth buying?

  3. Oooh, Sultanas in rum - sounds like a nice touch.

    Kath, sorry for the lack of piccies; it's the second time today I've found myself having deleted stuff inadvertently. If I were trying to sell a cake, I'd go for a proper metal tin - as it looked a bit strange bowing out at the sides. The silicone ones are useful as you can kind of peel your cake/yorkshire pudding out of it's mould more easily.

    I gave Rob a soft middle bit, and a crunchy corner one; backing both horses as it were. Guaranteed happynes.

  4. I want pictures :( Crispy sides sound good. I have a silicone loaf mould - seems to work fine for cakes, but bows out for bread.

  5. I'd have liked the pictures too. Not sure how I've managed to delete them.

  6. ooooh this looks really amazing! And yes, baking is amazing when you need something extra at work! Works like magic.

  7. Evening and welcome spontaneous-euphoria x - very good blog name!


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