Have Your Banana Cake and …


Cooking and Intellect

Baking is creative but also a science.


Food Chemistry

If you have bake a 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

Are there flavours only you like?

I like a flavour combination that my husband thinks is weird but I can trace its origins. To the days when the ice cream man would walk through the estates rhythmically striking the ice cream cart’s metal bars. Music to a child’s ears. My favourites were Red Devil, Choc Stick, and Banana Choc. Banana and chocolate works!


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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!!!!

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