Galley: Cid’s Birthday Banana Cake

For Cid’s birthday, I made what appeared to be the world’s largest banana cake.

A few people said that it was “the most beautiful” and ” most amazing” banana cake they had eaten and asked for the recipe. I was like.. “it’s just banana cake, with a few blueberries poked into it…” but said I would post it for them to see.

We eat a lot of bananas and consequently often have banana cake or muffins… We have no qualms about having bananas on board either as they are a regular staple in our diet. The choice to make Cid a banana cake really came out of necessity rather than want, as we had a stalk of sugar bananas from a friend’s tree that needed eating and were starting to get a little passed it.

I wanted to make Cid a healthier cake without a lot of sugar and this cake just seemed to fall into place. (He didn’t end up eating it much anyway!)

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So… Cid’s Birthday Banana Cake is as follows:

** I made two (2) cakes and layered them, the below measurements are for one (1) cake.

Ingredients

1 1/2 Cups Self-Raising Flour (sifted)

125 g Butter (room temp)

2 eggs (slightly beaten)

1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract (I always add in a bit extra)

100 ml Milk

1/2 teaspoon of Bi-carb Soda

1 cup of Coconut Sugar (you can use any sugar and add more if you like)

2 Ripe Bananas (or approx 8 sugar bananas as they are tiny!)

1/2 – 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon

Optional: blueberries

Method

Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix it together until combined. (I just hand mix, no need for fancy electrical devices)

Place cake batter in lined or greased average sized cake tin (shape of your liking); poke blueberries into top of cake make sure they are covered by the mixture if you want to add these.

Place in pre-heated oven at 180 degrees, bake for 45-50 mins or until skewer comes out clean.

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I personally don’t think banana cake needs icing as it is amazing on its own, but since this was a birthday cake I added the icing to keep with some form of tradition..

Optional: Cream Cheese Icing

125 g Cream Cheese (room temp)

1/4 cup lime juice

1 cup icing sugar** instead of icing sugar you can apparently use a little but of no added sugar apple juice concentrate (though I couldn’t find this at the shop)

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This cake turned out perfect and moist… I’m not really sure how you can stuff up banana cake but… Please be aware… I am not much of a baker and tend to make things up as I go (Damon would love to tell you all about the first few loaves of bread I ever made, sometimes you do just need to follow a recipe!), which I know is not what you are supposed to do when baking… so if you try this and it doesn’t work out for you… I adapted this recipe from here.

Hope you enjoy some yummy banana cake!

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