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 on Sunday, Monday and maybe Tuesday evening. 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

I like a flavour combination that my husband thinks is weird but I can trace its origins. Back in the day, when the ice cream man came around selling ice lollies from Lyons Maid, the choices were among others Red Devil, Choc Stick, and one of my favourites was Banana Choc. So go ahead and ice this cake with chocolate because banana and chocolate work!

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Banana Cake

  • Difficulty: easy
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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
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
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 last half cup of buttermilk, and the third cup of flour.  Mix until just combined.

Pour into greased and floured tin and bake for 30 min. Halfway through the baking time, rotate the tin front to back. The cake is done when a knife is inserted into the centre and it comes out clean.[/recipe directions]

Try this chocolate icing which I think is ideal 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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