Big Banana Bliss Cake

Gareth provided for the troops this week with the most enormous banana cake ever seen at Cake Club, nestling on the most enormous plate ever seen at Cake Club. Wholesome yet sugary with a crunchy nut topping, this was a definite winner, and seconds went down the gullets of the hungry cake clubbers even more quickly than the first helping. Gareth’s recipe follows.

Big Banana Bliss Cake
(a.k.a. Simple Banana Cake ex Stephanie Alexander’s ‘The Cook’s Companion’)

Batter
160 g softened butter
1 cup raw sugar
1 cup caster sugar
3 eggs
1¼ cups mashed ripe banana
A few drops of vanilla essence
300 g plain flour
1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
¾ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon mixed spice
¾ cup milk mixed with 1½ tsp lemon juice (or ¾ cup buttermilk)

Topping
4 tablespoons chopped walnuts
4 tablespoons self-raising flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
125 g softened butter
4 tablespoons brown sugar

Butter and flour a 24 cm spring-form cake tin then line with baking paper. Preheat oven to 180°C.

Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in eggs, banana and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients and add to mixture alternating with the milk. Spoon batter into tin. Combine the topping ingredients and scatter over top of uncooked batter.

Bake for around 45 mins or until cooked in centre. Cool a little in the tin on a wire rack then release from the tin to cool completely before storage. Delicious!

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Published in: on July 10, 2012 at 18:45  Leave a Comment