08 June 2011

I'm not dreaming, it's really banana cake!

I made a banana cake this morning, after six months of being a banana-free household. It smells so good, and I know that not a crumb will be left tonight.

Banana cake is AJ's favourite cake, he usually asks my friend Sandra to make him one for his birthday and she always does. Sandra makes the best banana cake you've ever tasted, so moist and full of real banana. But I digress.

I made banana cake this morning because I found two bananas hiding in the bottom of the freezer, wrapped in clingwrap and as black as could be. I almost did a happy dance right there in the laundry. With bananas being so expensive (the cheapest I've seen them locally is $10.99/kg) they have been a rare treat and most definitely have not lasted long enough to even make it to the fruit bowl, let alone go soft for cake!

Now you know why I made a banana cake, and why I was so excited by. It smelt so good while it was baking, it was hard not to cut it as soon as it came out of the oven.

It's a silly thing, really, being so happy to have a simple banana cake, especially when we don't go hungry and have the luxury of eating only foods we love.  We are blessed with more than enough to meet our needs and share and I am so grateful for that.

I just know that we will all really appreciate the sheer luxury of banana cake for dessert tonight.

Banana Cake

60g butter
1 cup sugar
2 bananas, mashed
1/2 cup apple sauce
2 tablespoons milk
1 egg
11/2 cups S.R. flour

Cream butter and sugar, add beaten egg, apple sauce and mashed bananas. Add flour and milk last. Put in greased loaf tin and bake 35-40 minutes in moderate oven. When cold ice with lemon icing (if it lasts that long).


  1. mmm banana cake! I think we all take for granted what is usually so readily available! Hope you thoroughly enjoy your cake.

  2. will margarine work as well i have a daughter who can't eat dairy

  3. Wilma margarine is fine. I prefer to use butter in baking because I like the richness it gives to cakes and biscuits which is why I only list butter as an ingredient in my recipes.

  4. I am currently in a foreign country where apple sauce is not accessible in any shape or form. So could I skip it or perhaps substitute for something else? I would absolutely love to make some banana cake for my foreign friends but I never have before.

    1. Make it! Applesauce is easy. For the 1/2 cup you need for this recipe you'll need to peel and core two large apples, then stew them in 1/2 cup water. Mash until smooth and if they are too thick add a little more water.

      Or use the equivalent in olive oil. If you don't have olive oil use a good vegetable oil.

    2. Instead of apple sauce, could I just add another banana?

    3. You could but it will change the texture of the cake and you'll also need to add more liquid to compensate - apple sauce is quite fluid, mashed banana isn't.


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