I hate food waste. I buy healthy groceries with good intentions, but the fruit and vegetables are always on the turn before the next load of shopping arrives to replace them.
Limp vegetables become soup. I seldom consult a recipe book for Leftovers Soup – I just toss it all into a saucepan with vegetable bouillon and hope for the best.
Overripe fruit makes great smoothies, but brown bananas get the star treatment here and are turned into banana cake. On repeat.
I have no idea where this banana cake recipe came from originally, but I’ve adapted it over the years. And I have been making it for years. I’ve tried healthier alternatives, using honey or maple syrup. You can try that too – just substitute the sugar in the recipe for honey – but you’ll get a much firmer loaf, more of a banana bread than cake. Still tasty though.
If you’re not keen on consuming too much sugar, I suggest you just move along. But you will be missing out on a delicious, easy to make, sure-fire hit.
Here’s the recipe for my quick, easy, moist banana cake:
- 2 x large ripe bananas, mashed
- 150g brown caster sugar
- 125g soft butter
- 1 x egg
- 3 x drops vanilla essence
- 190g self-raising flour
- Handful of chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Grease a rectangular cake tin with butter.
Mash the bananas on a plate.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar and butter. Add the egg and vanilla essence. Beat to a smooth paste. Sift the self-raising flour into the mixture and fold in with a spoon. Add the mashed banana and chocolate chips and stir thoroughly. The more you beat the mixture, the fluffier the cake will be.
Bake for 40 minutes, or until the cake is dark golden brown and bouncy to touch. If you’re using brown sugar, the cake will be darker than if you use white caster sugar.
Leave to cool thoroughly before serving with fruit and custard. The cake will keep fresh in a well sealed container for several days.
I make no apology for this unhealthy recipe. Afterall, life is short. Eat the cake.
Here’s the money shot!
Have you tried my other favourite cake recipe? You can read all about it here. It’s another crowd pleaser and incredibly easy to make.
I’d love to hear from you if you’ve tried either of these recipes, or want to share your favourite cake recipe with me.
Much love, Vx
[Disclosure: nothing to disclose.]