Recipe: Banana and Walnut Cake

I spent the morning fighting a bee which refused to leave my territory. The bloody thing. I hate bees. I still remember my friend who was bit by a bee on her cheek and she swell up like a balloon. Nyways, seems like this bee won’t be coming back anytime soon….Muahhahaa (evil laugh) šŸ˜€ {Why can’t wordpress have emoticons? Saves me from typing crap!)

Okies..coming to the recipe…here goes..

Banana and Walnut Cake

Preparation Time:Ā Ā 30-45 minutesĀ (Quicker if you’ve baked a cake before)

Cooking Time (in a pre-heated oven at 180 Ā°C): 50 – 60Ā minutes
Ingredients:

  1. Kitchen Scale (Max upto 2 Kgs)
  2. 3 medium Bananas, ripe if possible (approx. 400 g)
  3. 300 gm Self-Raising Flour
  4. 150 gm soft Butter
  5. 150 gm soft Brown/White sugar (Demerara)
  6. 2 medium Eggs (at room temperature)
  7. 80 gm Walnut Kernels
  8. 2Ā Tsps Lemon Juice
  9. 2 Tbsps Olive or Vegetable oil
  10. 1Ā Tbsp Vanilla Essence

Ingredients for Cake Topping/Icing (Optional. I bought a ready-made Icing Sugar tube and decorated the cake.Ā Little effort and saves time too…esp when you are super lazy like me!Ā :D)

  1. 125 gm full fat Soft Cheese
  2. 75 gm Butter
  3. 200 gm Icing Sugar

Kitchen Equipment

  1. 2Ā large bowls to mix the ingredients
  2. 900gm loaf tin (rectangular, square or circular)
  3. Small amount of greaseproof baking paper
  4. Kitchen Whiskser/Handheld Blender/or just a Fork šŸ™‚

Method

Note: Butter must be soft. The best way to achieve this is to measure out the butter an hour or so before
it is needed and leave it at room temperature. If this is not possible, break up the butter with a fork
and beat it for a minute or so. If all else fails, put it in a bowl and float the bowl in warm water.

  1. Turn the oven on, setting it to 180Ā°C / 350Ā°F / Gas Mark 4.
  2. Next, grease the loaf tin with margarine or butter, and line the tin with greaseproof baking paper.
    It’s not essential to cover 100% of the tin but make sure that it lays as flat as possible on the inside
    of the tin.
  3. Peel the bananas and mash them with a fork until they are really mushy.
  4. Chop up the walnuts reasonably fine.
  5. Place the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl and blend together with a fork. The idea here is to mix the two ingredients thoroughly and at the same time incorporate as much air asĀ possibleĀ into the mixture. Mixing with a fork in a figure of eight shape will help to incorporate air into the cake mix.
  6. Now, stir in the bananas and chopped walnut kernelsĀ and mix thoroughly.
  7. In a separate bowl, add two eggs and mix with a blender, whisker or a fork until there is a layer of froth formed.
  8. Now sift in the self-raising flour, 2 Tbsps at a timeĀ to avoid any bubbles or balls in the mixture and mix thoroughly in a figure of eight.
  9. Now add this mixture to the bowl containing the mixture of butter, sufar and walnut kernels.
  10. Add 2Ā Tbsps of Olive or Vegetable Oil and 2 Tsps of Lemon Juice and mix thoroughly again in a figure of eight with a fork. The oil and juiceĀ will keep the cake moist.
  11. Pour the mixture into the loaf tin, smooth it level and place in the oven for 45-50 minutes.
  12. After that time take it out and test that it is cooked by piercing the cake with a fork and if it comes out clean it’s cooked. If not cook for another 5 minutes and retest.
  13. When you take the cake out of the oven, take it out of the tin and place it on a wire rack or something similar. This will stop the cake sweating and getting damp.
  14. Allow the cake an hour or so to cool down before icing it.

Method for Icing

  1. Make the icing by pouring the icing sugar, soft cheese, butter and vanilla into a bowl and mixing it all together with a fork.
    Spoon the icing onto the cake and spread it evenly with a knife. Pop a couple of cherries or walnuts on the top if you want to decorate it.

Don’t fret looking at the length of the post.Ā This is aĀ very easy recipe. The only time consuming part is the mixing and the baking. You just need to concentrate a little while measuring outĀ the ingredients. Trust me…a home baked cake is much more delicious than the ones you get outside.

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Wishes

Today is S’s Birthday and I am terribly busy. I baked a Banana and Walnut cake for him yesterdayĀ šŸ˜€ Yipppeeeeee. This will be justĀ my second time…and it has turned out really good! The first time round..I baked a chocolate cake at a friend’s place…which was equally yummyy, but then she was guiding me each step of the way. I am thankful to Pras who not only helped me bake the cake but also for keeping the surpriseĀ a secret from S. He did not have a clue what was happening last night. ROFL! Somehow, I had this feeling that he knew what I was upto…but he didn’t!!!! I am sure he didn’t think I would bake a cake…I am the one who will order šŸ˜€ But the satisfaction I got after the end result was fantastic. It’s different…buying a cake and baking one. All your love, effort and hardwork goes into the one you bake…so it tastes even more delicious šŸ™‚ I also made Vada with Coconut and Dried Red Chilli Chutney (the credit of which goes to Pras again) for breakfast, Chapala Pulusu (Smoked Salmon Fillet Curry-the credit of which goes to my mom) with Plain Rice for lunch, and probably S’s fav Peri Peri Chicken Indian Style for Dinner. Recipes will be coming up soon šŸ™‚

Yup…the cake IĀ baked šŸ˜€ and don’t worry…S is not 10 šŸ˜€ There was no space toĀ insert any more candles and looking at the cake…you can also say that I am not very good at decorating it either šŸ˜€