This is an oldie, but it was in need of a picture update. I love banana cake. It is one of the easiest cakes to make. And so far this is my favorite version. You can make it in the traditional loaf pan, but this time I used a 22cm square baking dish and I only made half of the recipe. I wanted to decorate it with banana pieces cut into stars. I recommend that if you want to use the star bananas, to only do it if you are making half of the recipe or use a larger baking sheet to spread the batter more. As the stars are so small, they will probably end up sinking to the bottom if the cake is too high.
We are having some friends over for dinner tonight, so this will be our dessert. I’m also excited that at least one of our house projects is done. The background in this picture is the dinning table that Pieter and I made. We couldn’t find a table that we both loved, so we decided to make it ourselves. And I am so happy that we did because I love it and it is unique. We still need to make the bench with the same wood and then do some chair shopping for the remaining space.
4 ripe bananas, mashed (it is important that they are ripe)
1 cup of sugar
125gr butter, melted (or 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil)
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 teaspoons of baking powder
5 teaspoons of milk or plant-based milk
2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
½ cup of peanut butter
1/3 cup of cocoa powder
Bananas for decoration (optional), I used a small star cookie cutter
Preheat the oven to 180/350F. Line an oven dish or loaf pan with parchment paper.
Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl, except for the peanut butter and cocoa powder.
Place the peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. This will make it easier to mix.
Divide the mixture into 2 bowls. Mix the peanut butter with half of the batter, and the cacao powder with the other half. Spoon the batters into the prepared mold, alternating flavors. Once you’ve spooned all of the batter. Use a knife to swirl the batter around and create a marble effect.
Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. If you make half the recipe like I did, It will take about 25 minutes to cook depending on the shape of your baking mold. When it’s done it will be golden and just use the toothpick method to double check if it is cooked through.
Allow the cake to cool down before slicing it.