Sunday, 29 March 2015

"The Most Fabulous Banana Cake"

Today is a very tearful moment that Singaporean is sending off our founding father Mr Lee Kuan Yew.  It was a very emotional moment for everyone in Singapore.  I was so deeply moved as I see thousands and thousands lined the streets of Singapore to say goodbye to Mr Lee Kuan Yew.  I was so touch by the eulogies that was on LIVE Broadcast and actually sobbing non-stop in front of the television.  Mr Lee, who had done so much for Singapore, had gone away peacefully but his values, his love for all Singaporean and his words, will stay with us, inspire us and live in us for a long, long time. 

Farewell Mr Lee.
I didn’t have mood to bake today.  This cake was bake on last weekend.   “The Most Fabulous Banana Cake”, the name of the cake attracted me when I discovered it from Joyce (Kitchen Flavour)’s blog.  I decided to give it a try since she said the only way to find out how good is the cake is to bake one.  I’m very curious about this cake because I have never tried baking banana cake with buttermilk.
Look at the texture of the cake.  This is exactly the type of texture which my boys and hubby like it – moist, aromatic and dense.
My verdict for this cake is – absolutely the most fabulous banana cake.

225g       Plain flour
3 tsp        Baking powder
½ tsp       Bicarbonate of soda
¾ tsp       Salt
3 large    Very ripe bananas
120g       Caster sugar (original was 370g)
2 nos.      Eggs
125g       Unsalted butter (cut into small chunks)
100ml     Buttermilk
1½ tsp     Vanilla extract

*There’s cream cheese icing to go with cake.  I skipped the icing because my family prefer to eat banana cake in plain as is it.

(1)Preheat the oven to 180ºC.  Butter and flour a deep 26cm ring tin(I used loaf pan instead)

(2)Put the flour, baking powder, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a food processor* and whiz them together for 15 seconds, the top them into a bowl. 

 (3)Mash the bananas.  Scrape it into the processor* and puree it until it’s smooth. Add the sugar and eggs and whiz together for 1 minute.  Add the butter and whiz it for another minute or until the mixture is thick and creamy.  Now add the buttermilk and vanilla extract and pulse the processor in quick on/off bursts to just mix them in.  Add the reserved flour mixture and again mix it in with quick bursts, scraping down the sides once or twice with a rubber spatula, until it’s only just combined (don’t overdo it or the cake will be tough).  Scoop the batter into the prepared tin and smooth it out evenly.

(4)Bake for 30-35 minutes (for me I baked for 45 minutes) or until a fine skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean; it won’t have risen much as it’s quite dense.  Don’t open the oven any earlier than this or the cake can sink in the middle.  Cool the cake in the tine on wire rack for 7 minutes.  Gently loosen the cake around the edges with a butter knife or fine palette knife, then invert it onto the rack and leave it to cool completely.

*I’m using my KitchenAid mixer to whiz the batter and not the food processor.

This is my 2nd post submitting to Little Thumbs Up which is organised by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen from My Little Favourite DIY
For March, the theme is Banana and it is hosted by Faeeze from BitterSweetSpicy

Friday, 20 March 2015

Banana Cake


I love to bake Banana Cake because I love the fragrant of the banana permeated the whole kitchen and it's not difficult to make too.
My family loves Banana Cake because they love the moist texture and with the walnut added, it gives an extra texture and nutty flavour to the cake.
The recipe which I have been using is from the Wen’s Delight and of course, I made a little modification to it. 

3             Eggs
100g       Sugar (already reduced, original 130g)
200g       Banana (Ripe and mashed it)
150g       Cake Flour (or plain flour)
½ tsp       Baking powder
¼ tsp       Baking soda
100g       Canola oil (or any vegetable oil except olive oil)
*If prefer richer flavour, can replace with melted butter.  But butter may cover the banana fragrant)
                Some Walnut (if you wish)

(1)Preheat oven to 160ºC

(2)Grease & line a 8” round tin with paper.

(3)Sieve flour, baking powder and soda together.  Sieve twice and set aside

(4)Whisk eggs, sugar and banana at max. speed till stiff/ribbon stage (approx. 10mins)

(5)Fold in flour & mix well.

(6)Add in oil & mix well till batter is shiny and flowing.

(7)Bake for 40-45mins

I’m submitting this post to Little Thumbs Up which is organised by

For March, the theme is Banana and it is hosted by Faeeze from BitterSweetSpicy

These are fabulous ladies who love to connect through baking & cooking.  
Keep it up Ladies! J