Friday, 8 July 2011

Dad's on his way - banana cake time

Because I'm a glutton for punishment (or just a glutton?) I decided I need to make a cake to herald Dad's arrival in Auckland.

Even though his flight is scheduled to arrive at 23:59, and is now delayed until 00:45 (how am I going to stay awake until then??). And even though I've been exhausted since Wednesday, when I got home from work at 11:30. At night.

I made this cake a few weeks back and really liked it. I guess baking is one way of keeping myself awake?

So, here's the recipe:

Don't worry, I'll step you through it if you can't read my handwriting.

Get a tin (about 20cm diameter) and grease it really well. Spray oil is fine. A more diligent person would even line the tin, but if I wanted to spend my evening cutting out pieces of paper I'd take up scrapbooking. Turn your oven onto 180°C.

Next, 125ml of vegetable oil goes into the bowl with 2 eggs and 3/4 cup of sugar.

Mix them together well - don't worry about beaters, just use a spoon or a fork or WHATEVER.

Now add in your mooshed up bananas. Use two big ones, or three smaller ones.

Here comes the science experiment part. Heat up 2 tablespoons (50ml) of milk in the microwave. Make it good and hot.

Add 1 teaspoon of baking SODA. Not powder.

Watch it go fizzy!!

Now mix it into the other goo. Add all your dry ingredients - a teaspoon of cinnamon powder, 2 cups of plain flour, and a teaspoon of baking powder.

Stir it the barest minimum amount. Just enough to mix the flour in. Don't worry about the lumps, they're probably just banana. It's fine.

Pour it into the tin, and bake for somewhere around 45 minutes. When you press the top, it should feel firm.

Let it cool in the tin for a few minutes, then turn it onto the cake rack and ice it! It will go well with traditional lemon icing, or plain chocolate icing.

Does banana cake count as one of my Five+ A Day?


  1. Weirdly, while I hate bananas, I like banana cake and banana muffins! If bananas weren't $500,000 a kilo at the moment (and if I hadn't just taped all my baking stuff up in a box), I'd be making this quick smart :)

  2. It's a good recipe - Dad said that it tasted like Mum's cake, which I will assume is a compliment.

    I didn't realise that bananas were still a luxury item in Australia! Ours are usually about $3/kg.

  3. I checked the price of bananas when I was at the supermarket earlier today - $13.95/kg!!!

  4. i like the book the recipe is written in ;)

  5. Yeah, I especially like the soft leather cover! I think someone's sister gave it to me... oh wait, that was MY sister :-D


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