Banana Cake


My mum used to make banana cake all the time.  It is very easy to make, and is very delicious, specially if you have it warm.  Not saying that it’s any less yummy served cold.

What you need:

2 1/4 cups plain flour

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 2/3 cups white sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3 eggs (I use the XL sized ones)

1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas

2/3 cup canola oil (or vegetable oil if that’s what you have)

2/3 cup milk

1 cup quartered walnuts (optional, but these make it yummier in my opinion)

What you need to do:

Line the bottom and sides of a loaf tin (or whatever tray you want to use) with wax paper and set aside.  Preheat your oven to 165 deg C (fan forced).

In a mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.  Add the sugar and the salt and mix with a spoon.  Add the eggs, mashed bananas, oil and milk.  Beat in medium speed for about 2 minutes.  Scrape the sides and the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula to make sure everything is mixed.  Continue beating for about 3 minutes.  Stir in the walnuts with a wooden spoon.

Pour the batter onto your tin and bake for about 30 minutes.  Check by inserting a skewer in the centre.  Cook for a further 5 minutes if the skewer comes out with some of the batter.  The cake is done if the skewer comes out clean but should be moist and not dry.  Cool.  You can serve it plain, or with a bit of butter on a slice, or drizzled with frosting or powdered sugar. Best served with tea or coffee.


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