Monday, June 15, 2009

Moist Banana Cake

I was searching for a good Banana cake recipe for a long time. I was so bored with the usual 'Banana bread recipe'. This recipe is a result of combining 2 recipes which I found on the net with a few more added ingredients. I have tried this recipe and it was a hit both in our house and with our neighbors. This cake will surely come soft even if you omit the eggs because of the combination of buttermilk, baking powder and baking soda.

Good luck and Happy cooking!

Moist Banana cake:

3/4 cup butter
2 cups- White sugar
1/8 cups- Brown sugar
1/4 cup Hazelnut syrup or honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tsp Cardamom powder
1/4 tsp Nutmeg powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 Eggs (Optional) instead add 1/4 cup Applesauce
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
A pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
4 mashed ripe bananas
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350*. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. In a small bowl, mix mashed bananas, set aside. In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients well together with the nuts and the spices.
2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. If you are adding eggs beat in one at a time, if not, all the other wet ingredients.
Add the flour mixture slowly to the wet ingredients and just fold them lightly, do not over mix them.
3. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and place the
cake on a wire rack to cool.

This recipe makes a soft and moist cake with a little bit crispy top layer.

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