Banana Cake

It was 8.45am and I had banana cake baking in the oven. Really, really like the nice aroma smell from the oven in the early morning.

At this hour, I used to be on the road to office, caught in heavy traffic for an hour plus. Today, I’ve already made “Giap Giap” sandwich for Jared’s breakfast at home and for him to bring to school for recess time, baked this banana cake and washed up all the utensils.

I had some ripe Pisang Emas left from the bananas that I bought to bake Chocolate Banana Brownie. The dark spots and patches on the ripe banana skin doesn’t look nice to eat. However, the fully ripe banana produces a substance called TNF, which has the ability to combat abnormal cells, which has anti-cancer properties. I decided to bake Banana Cake from it. The ripen banana is also sweeter and is perfect to be used to bake Banana Cake.

This Banana Cake recipe is from Amy Beh. I changed the recipe to use up the entire block of Anchor’s unsalted butter so that I do not have any left over in the fridge.

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Ingredients:

  • 220g unsalted butter
  • 220g castor sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 cup well-mashed ripe banana, add 1 tsp. lemon juice when mashing to prevent banana from turning black
  • 300g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp. bicarbonate of soda, sifted
  • 5 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon rind

Method:

  1. Grease and flour a 21cm cake tin
  2. Preheat oven at 170C.
  3. Beat butter and sugar till light and fluffy
  4. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Add mashed bananas and beat well
  6. Fold in sifted flour gradually.
  7. Beat egg white until stiff and stir into banana mixture
  8. Add lemon juice and rind
  9. Pour batter into prepared tin and bake for 45-55 minutes or until cake is cooked
  10. Cool cake in cake tin for 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.

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Lena came over and we enjoyed the warm banana cake over cup of English tea.

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It was a good catch up with Lena and there’s always thing to learn and be reminded by just talking to her. She’s a direct person, super efficient and someone who does not procrastinate.

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