Banana cake

Banana cake

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Baking
Serves
8
Photographer
Vanessa Levis

My daughter Suzanne’s mother-in-law took after her aunts, who were champion pastry cooks. They ran their own successful bakery in New Zealand forty years ago. This is one of her special recipes – a homely banana cake which is always a big hit at family gatherings.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
125g butter, softened
165g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg
2 ripe bananas
225g self-raising flour, sifted
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 cup milk
sifted icing sugar, to dust
whipped cream, to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a 20 cm round cake tin.
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, and then beat in the sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg. Mash the bananas and add to the creamed mixture. Fold in the sifted flour.
  3. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the milk, then stir into the mixture gently but thoroughly.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Serve with a light dusting of icing sugar and, if liked, a little whipped cream.
Tags:
baking
bakery
margaret
fulton
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