2 Jan 2014

Banana Cake

I am fond of banana cakes. So is everybody else in my family. It s extremely easy to put together and makes use of over ripe bananas. This is one recipe that gets done very frequently by me, mostly to use up bananas that no one wants to eat, since it's become all black. But those over ripe black skin bananas are the ones that make a banana bake extremely delicious! There are plenty of things to bake with over ripe banana. And I keep trying different recipes of banana cakes, muffins, banana breads etc. Check out the other banana recipes too.

Banana Cake

For this cake, there was a request for banana cake from my family. It was my father's birthday and since my parent's don't prefer cream cake, they wanted this one. I was only too glad to oblige since I love banana cakes! This time there were no over ripe bananas at home so I went hunting for them. I am sure the fruit vendor thought I was some weird woman to pick up black skinned, over ripe bananas when he was giving me some good looking bananas! But who cares what he thinks, I got to eat a delicious banana cake out of those 'bad looking' bananas! My family loved it too and it got over that same night.

I always add walnuts to my cakes. It makes the cake taste more good and crunchy also it helps to sneak some nuts into my daughter! You can leave it out ans still get a delicious cake. The only addition I made to the original recipe is I added a tsp of cinnamon powder which took the flavor to a whole new level. I also didn't do the topping.

Banana Cake

Preparation time 20 mins | Baking time 35 mins | Serves 12-14
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  • All purpose flour (maida) - 2 Cups
  • Baking powder - 1.5 Tsp
  • Baking soda - 1 Tsp
  • Salt - 3/4th Tsp
  • Sugar - 170 gms (around 3/4th Cup)
  • Butter(melted) - 1/2 Cup
  • Buttermilk / Yogurt / Milk - 1/2 Cup (I used buttermilk)
  • Eggs - 2
  • Vanilla - 1 Tsp
  • Bananas - 2 ripe mashed ( 235 gms - about 1 cup)
  • Cinnamon powder - 1 Tsp
  • Walnuts - 3/4th Cup (optional, I did not use)
Banana Cake

1. Pre heat the oven to 170 degrees C. Grease a 9 inch pan.
2. Mash the bananas and set aside. Make buttermilk (if using buttermilk) and set aside.

3. Melt the butter and add it to a bowl, add the sugar and beat until well combined.
4. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat again for 2 minutes.

5. Add the buttermilk and beat again.
6. Sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon powder.

7. Mix lightly, add the mashed banana and beat until just combined. Do not over mix.
8. Transfer the batter to the prepared tin and bake in the pre heated oven for 35-40 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.

9. Remove from the oven and cool for 15 minutes and then remove the cake from the pan and cool completely.

Banana Cake

1. Buttermilk definitely makes the cake more soft and moist but you can use milk or yogurt too.
2. I have not used walnuts this time but every time I bake this cake, I always add walnuts. Banana, cinnamon and walnuts make a great match! If adding, chop the walnuts and toast in the microwave for 30-40 seconds and then add it to the batter and mix in.
3. Always use over ripe bananas for a tasty banana cake.
4. I used granulated sugar but pulsed it in a blender after measuring. 
5. Banana cakes tastes best when hot/warm from the oven. If eating later, warm it up again and then have.
6. You can pour a layer of ganache over the cake before serving.

Until next time,
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  1. Soft and moist banana cake.. Looks super yum!

  2. Yum Beulah - this looks awesome. I love banana cake too and I have very black bananas on my bench ready to make a yummy cake!

  3. HI Beulah,
    Just tried this recipe. Tried making the buttermilk but the milk didnt curdle. I took one cup milk at room temp and added 1 tbsp vinegar in it. Left it form around 15 mins but the milk didnt curdle. Could you please suggesr what could have gone wrong. Also when i added 1/2 cup butter to dry mixture it didnt mix properly . I tried using my hand blender but that didnt work. Please advise. Thanks , Divya

    1. Hi, the milk will curdle, did you use vinegar? If your vinegar is not working, then use lemon juice. Try again with some boiled and cooled milk. Add the vinegar or lemon juice, stir well and let it sit. As for the butter, it should be melted butter. It won't blend thoroughly but when you add the buttermilk and all the other wet ingredients, it will all come together beautifully! If butter is not working for you then use oil instead of butter. Hope this helps!

  4. What is the baking temperature, do we need to do it n microwave mode or convention mode

    1. The time is mentioned in the recipe. Pre heat the oven and bake at that same temperature. This should be baked in an convection mode.

  5. Hi, can we use wheat flour instead of all purpose flour in this recipe?

    1. Yes you can. The texture will be slightly different though...

  6. Thank you, Beulah for all the lovely, yummy recipes. I want to know when to add the walnuts, if you have to roast them and whether we need to mix it with a little flour like we do with fruit cakes. Thank you.

  7. Yes do roast the walnuts lightly and add it to the final batter. Coat it with 2 tbsp of flour.

    1. Thank you so much. I have followed a lot of your recipes and they are all super


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