Have Your Banana Cake and …


How was your week?  What are the plans for the weekend?  How about baking a banana cake on a chilled Sunday afternoon?  Then you can look forward to cake and a cup of tea or coffee at the end of the day.  But first ….. a little food chemistry.

Why does banana cake have black specks on it?

If you have ever baked banana cake or bread with baking powder, it remains a solid creamy colour.  However, if you use bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), it creates black specks. Why?  One suggestion is that, the bicarbonate increases the alkalinity reacting with the enzymes in the banana pulp fibres.

Banana Cake 2

Banana Cake

  • Time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: easy
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3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk (mala) or yoghurt


Preheat oven to 170ºC/350ºF.

In a bowl, mix the 1 1/2 cup mashed bananas, 2 tspn lemon juice, 1 cup butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar and 2 tspns vanilla until smooth. Add in the 3 eggs one at a time beating well.

Into the banana mixture, mix 1 cup flour (with 1 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 1/2 tsp salt).  Then pour in half a cup of buttermilk.  Then a cup of flour, another half cup of buttermilk.  Finally the third cup of flour, and the last half cup of buttermilk.  Mix until just combined.

Pour into greased and floured tin and bake for 30 min or when a knife is inserted into the centre, it comes out clean or with few crumbs.[/recipe directions]

Chocolate ganache I think is the ideal icing for this cake.

Enjoy your evening!!  Or breakfast 🙂



One Comment Add yours

  1. suzie says:

    WOW! lovely,succinct, and a little fun learning… awwwww I love it!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

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