March 03, 2015

Old-Fashion Banana Cake (老式香蕉蛋糕)

It's another exciting month for Little Thumbs Up. We have a special host this month she is  from BitterSweetSpicy. She is the one and only FAEEZ. Why is she so special, simply because she is from a different culture. Isn't it wonderful to be living in Malaysia and Singapore, we are the country with multi-races and multi-culture. With this we share and learn from each other. Please visit her blog BitterSweetSpicy, you will know what i mean :D

Faeez, Zoe and i welcome you to host with us in Little Thumbs Up-March !!!
Dear All!  Come join us in Little Thumbs Up event; March-Banana month. 


Last night my hubby ask me: What is your LTU theme this month?
Me : Banana ... O my O my!! I forgot to buy banana today!!!! 
Hub: No worries! We just drive down to the nearest 'Tamu Muhibah' (tamu in malay means open market) to hunt for some banana.
Me: It's already 9pm now... we better hurry up!
I am lucky i found some bananas in the other tamu and not the Tamu Muhibah that my hub mention. Let me bring you to the small tamu that i bought banana from.

This is the other tamu that we went. We managed to buy some bananas here. I also bought one big pisang tanduk here.  

Saw some local produce fruits. Do you feel that this fruit looks like a lemon gone wlid, the Buddha's hand Citron is actually a distinct fruit in the citron family.
Another type of local fruit; local avocado and Dragon fruit (Pitaya)
These are the banana that we bought. The big one is pisang tanduk. Tanduk mean horn; as the banana shape like a horn.

This banana cake is moist and nice. I like the added walnut as it give it a extra texture and nutty flavor. Please do add in the walnuts though in the recipe it is list as optional! Baking this cake is easy peasy; just mix, mix, mix; stir and stir (do not overmix) , pour into the cake tin and baked. 

The is my kids breakfast and tea time breakie for today!!
Old-Fashion Banana Cake (老式香蕉蛋糕)
Recipe adapted from Ina Graten here
make 1 8 by 8 inches square cake

3 very ripe banana, mashed (i use 4, cause mine are quite small)
3/4 cup granulated sugar (i used 2/3 cup)
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed (i used 1/4 cup)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 extra large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream (i used plain yogurt)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
Grated zest of 1 orange (i omit)
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda (i used 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)

Cream Cheese Frosting (i did not use this, if you are interested to add frosting please refer to the original recipe from the link above)
Walnut halves, for decorating (oprional) (i use banana slices for decorating)

To Do:
Preheat the oven at 180C/350F. Grease and flour a 9 by 2 inches round cake pan. (i use a 8 by 8 inches square cake pan, greased and lined with parchment paper)

In a mixing bowl mix mashed banana, granulated sugar and brown sugar with a hand whisk or hand mixer till combine and smooth. Add in oil, eggs, yogurt and vanilla. Mix till it is smooth.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder(if using) and salt. Whisk in dry ingredients and mix just to combined. Stir in the chopped walnuts (if using) Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes. (i bake mine for 52 minutes) until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, turn out onto a cooling rack, and cool completely.


This post is linked to the event; Little Thumbs Up organised by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids and me my little favourite DIY, hosted by out special host
 Faeez from BitterSweetSpicy 
with her March 2015 theme - BANANA
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Little Thumbs Up event starts on first Tuesday until the last day of the month. 
All are welcome to join us. 
To join simply cook or bake any recipe with the theme of the month, which is Banana for March 2015. Don't forget your Thumbs Up or display this badge. Do make sure that;

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  1. It has turned out so soft and spongy! Frosting is not really my thing, so this is perfect!

  2. Wish I could have a slice of your yummy banana cake for brekkie now ....

  3. Has been very long since i baked banana cake...

  4. Hi Doreen,

    I reckon the banana from different part of the world is different :p I really think the tropical banana are sweeter than those commercial De Monte ones. The Aussie ones are ok but I reckon the Asian kinds are the best!

    With the best kind of banana, I think your banana cake must be very yummy!


  5. I love anything that's just mix mix mix... Heh heh... This is a great event with bananas.. Unfortunately I will be out for a month and only scheduling old bakes.. Apologies about that but I will give full support to it :D

  6. mui mui, your husband is so sweet! He even keep track of your LTU event :) I love banana cake and I love your extra banana slices as topping! Thanks to your hubby for taking you banana shopping!

  7. 其实充满香气的 banana cake 让我想起了小时候种种的回忆 。。。。。。 :) :)

  8. Thank you for the shout out, Mui Mui. I'm blessed to be part of the blogger community & the LTU event as I've learnt a lot over the years. Your banana bread looks extra special with the sliced bananas on top. I like!


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