Banana Cake

Tuesday, 2 October 2012
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If you're a banana lover, I suggest you close your ears. No pelting me with horrid banana peels either. You see, bananas and me.......well.....we just don't get along. I can't bear touching nor smelling raw bananas. Don't get me started on eating those mushy things either. Lil L had had to ask friends of mine to help her peel hers when she was younger because this mom ain't doing it. BUT put those wieners, I mean bananas into a cake and I can scarf down the whole lot. No, don't bother analyzing this strange fact. You may end up getting a headache trying to understand my baffling eccentricities.

Oddly enough, I've never eaten a banana cake but I found this incredibly easy and utterly scrumptious recipe from BBC Good Food magazine which I just had to try. I couldn't help adapting it a little because most recipes contain way too much sugar and unnecessary additions. The best cakes are simple, requiring none of those pretentious frosting nor artifice but made of a few but the best ingredients.What you end up with is a buttery, melt in your mouth and incredibly moist banana cake. Give it a try and let me know what you think!


Ingredients:
140g/5oz butter, softened (plus extra for the tin)
110g/5oz caster sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
140g/5oz self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 very ripe banans, mashed

1. Heat oven to 180˚C/160˚F fan/Gas 4. Butter a 2lb loaf tin (or any loaf tin) and line the base and sides with baking parchment paper.
2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Slowly add one egg at a time.
3. Fold in the flour (but don't beat), baking powder and bananas.
4. Pour into the tin and bake for about 30 minutes or until the skewer comes out clean.
5. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes and remove to a wire rack or cake stand.

26 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness - I can't believe you did banana cake. I made one after I saw a recipe in the Waitrose paper that we got sent. It was the biggest brick I ever made. I tried so hard and the hubs was so proud of me for trying but even he couldn't stomach it. One mouthful and that was it - straight in the bin. On the outside, it looked lovely though. I took a picture of it just to remind me not to attempt it again. I don't like bananas either unless in banana milkshake/ice cream or banoffee pie. Don't like them as a fruit but I make the kids eat them - I'm such a food hypocrite.

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  2. Yum! And that's an interesting oddity of you with bananas! :P

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  3. How funny that you don't like touching raw bananas! I did once meet someone who did not like being seen eating them (for reasons that seemed obvious to her) Wish i could make a decent banana cake as we always have B's going off. THis recipe seems one to rival Madeline's (my Mum's) who can do that Kiwi pioneer thing of whipping one up in time it takes you to walk in from the cow sheds.

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  4. Very funny. I'm not very fond of bananas or banana flavored things. The cakes does look yummy though.

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  5. I make one of these virtually every week, fruit is boring so our bananas always go black and make their way into something far more delicious - CAKE!

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  6. Oh that cake looks delicious! :)

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  7. hahah I couldn't stop laughing when I read this, I see luckily it hasn't passed onto your daughter. I often find great recipes at BBC, though I haven't tried their banana cake. How are you with banana icecream?

    xx Jenee C.
    {camo meets couture}

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  8. That looks freaking yummy Marlene! I love your sentiment on bananas hehe! Great post!

    xxTheresa

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  9. This cake looks very "English", making a cake with bananas... But i think i'll give it a try. It's Wednesday, my kids will surely love the idea this afternoon !!

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  10. OHHHHHHHHHHHH MY GOD! we are like cut from the same cloth i swear! i cannot STAND banana's!! they're just a disgusting fruit through and through to me!! they're all mushy and bleh! ugh they give me the heebie jebbies! but I LOVEE BANANA BREAD TOO!! hahahaha i totally get your eccentricities. can't stand banana's but love banana bread! what are you gonna do?? haha so going to try your recipe love!! :)

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  11. I'm so going to make this. Girl, this post cracked me up!!! So, I guess we aren't eating bananas with banana scones when I come to visit you in the summer? Hmmmmm? :)

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    1. Um... no. Don't even ask me to take you to eat nutella and banana crepe either because I'll have to walk 10 meters behind you.

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  12. Love some banana bread/cake. I can't handle it when my bf makes it because then it becomes this need to finish it within 24 hours. I don't even have control over myself, it's like I exit my body and observe myself scarfing it down.
    - Aliya :)

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    1. This just made me giggle uncontrollably. Too funny, Aliya.

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  13. Is there such a thing as banana-phobia? :)

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    1. Hah! Yes. I invented it :P It's incurable too.

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  14. Haha, I don't think I've ever met anyone who hated bananas so much. It's hilarious that you now have this awesome banana bread recipe! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  15. YUMMMMMMMMM. Its so funny u hate bananas!!!! i love the photos. xO!
    www.thehautecookie.com

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  16. I don't think I've ever met someone who didn't like bananas LOL. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I usually make banana bread but I'd love to give this cake a whirl sometime.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  17. You relationship with bananas sounds like my relationship with durians..lol! I hate durians but love durian "quei", cakes and other by-products.

    Having said that I love banana walnut cake. Yours look delicious and healthy!

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  18. Can't imagine if you also did some facial expression while writing this post haha! I'm not a banana loaf or neither muffin lover but my eldest love it very much that I always bake banana muffins for her. Oh that's the way mom goes, right? Will try your recipe sometime.:)

    audrinajulia.blogspot.com

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  19. I have a lot of respect for the way you alter the recipes. I made brownies from the recipe that you shared on here and they are by far the best I've ever made or had. And so easy, it's consistent - coming out perfect each time. I'm not a banana person either, but I picked up three from the fruit market today and I do love a good banana cake, especially if it has some walnuts/crunch in it!

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    1. Vanisha, your feedback means a lot to me. I'm so pleased that you liked the chocolate brownies recipe. I tend to go a lot with my own taste buds so I'll adjust accordingly till it hits the right notes.

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