Easy banana cake

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If your aim is to use up the overripe bananas in the counter top or the frozen bananas in your fridge but you don’t want a really big cake, then this is the recipe you should try. The recipe makes a cute little 6″ cake. When paired with a simple sugar and butter frosting, it can be elegantly presented to make a statement.

Like yesterday’s banana caramel cake and the regular banana breads, this cake too has a great banana flavor and tastes best the next day. Though I liked the cake, I really had a lot of difficulty in capturing its true beauty.

I am still struggling to find a rhythm with my photography. The funny part is that now I have the prime lens, which is so much better than the kit lens. Yet right now, my pictures are……lackluster!?!?

What I miss is the excellent set up I had in India. I had 3-4 good backgrounds, a whole lot of mismatched china for props, pieces of clothes to use like a napkin and much more importantly, ample sunlight. I had 2 plus years to figure out what works best for a particular kind of photo shoot. The kit lens hardly seemed like a limitation there!

Its going to take time to figure out all that and get everything set up here. Slowly, but surely, I know I will reach there because there is a genuine interest in photography.

But in the meantime, I am going miss what I had painfully put together in the past few years. Yup – all my mismatched china, hand painted backgrounds, pieces of rags I got from my mom..and a whole lot more..

Recipe source: Butteryum 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream/ yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup mashed ripe banana (~2)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting:

  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Grease and line a 6″ round pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the flour, salt and baking soda together until well mixed. Keep aside.
  3. Cream the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the egg, sour cream/yogurt and cream it all together.
  5. Add the mashed bananas and the vanilla extract. Mix.
  6. Add the flour mix and combine until well mixed.
  7. Pour into the greased pan until 2/3rd full.
  8. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  9. Let the cake cool completely before frosting.

To make frosting:

  1. Sift the icing sugar. Cream it with butter until smooth.
  2. Slowly add the heavy cream and vanilla. Stir until smooth.
  3. You can fill and frost the cake, but I chose to just frost the top.
  4. Decorate as you wish and serve.

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21 thoughts on “Easy banana cake

  1. usha says:

    cake looks beautiful with simple decoration. I can understand how you might be feeling leaving behind your boards and props back home. Those are food bloggers treasure. I am sure you will soon collect new props and paint new boards.

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  2. Suma Gandlur says:

    I thought your pictures got better since your U.S. move. Am I wrong? Even that simple banana cake looks appealing with that frosting.
    It must be hard without all the props but i should say you are doing quite good. I agree with the ‘light’ factor and it seems that half of the year I live in a gloomy weather around here. I haven’t seen sun yet this week.

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  3. sizzlingtastebuds says:

    I don’t think ur food pics have dulled even a bit although each of Us is out own biggest critic ! I do miss seeing ur tiny green planter (on a smallish ceramic pot) which offered so much to a picture frame!!

    N the cake looks good ! Despite having banana does it still need an egg ?

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  4. Priya Srinivasan says:

    Lacklustre??oh puleasee, i have a banana bread up and now i m thinking should i posting it or not? The picture looks totally awesome and if possible i will eat it from that pic!!! Now if this in your view is limited photography, i m sure we all will be dumbstruck with a better setup in your new home!!! :)
    pssss, where did u leave your rags aka napkins back home???

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  5. Vaishali Sabnani says:

    Come on Rajani…your pics have always been fantastic…be it india or US , it is just that you are missing your pops. To find the right place to click sure is a job, it took me more than 2 years to figure out the right time and right spot..yet I need to work hard on this chapter.
    Let me not forget the cake..looks absolutely wonderful with that simple frosting and deco.

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  6. Nalini says:

    Cake looks so fabulous..love the color contrast in the frosting..
    Coming to the pictures,it always looks awrsome.Agree with you its bit difficult to take pictures in gloomy weather and new home set up..

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  7. pumpkinfarmfood says:

    no whatever you say, the pictures are nice and bright and attractive…and cake frosting on top works perfect…what i dont understand is the word easy…what classifies a cake as easy to make..just my thought…also u had a query about my garlic butter whether the butter stayed intact…no it didnt, and that was not expected as well…but it left a soft yet crispy core in the centre much like the khaja , which as a soft sweet core..in this case it has slightly pungent and salty core

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  8. priya says:

    Such a neat and elegant presentation… U always rock with your picture Rajani, btw i want a super huge slice of this cake, will you share with me:p..

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  9. Pavani says:

    I think that the clicks are wonderful just like the cake. If you can take such brilliant pics with no props, backgrounds etc — I’m sure you can do wonders when you have them all. Don’t worry — just keep clicking :-)
    Banana cake looks moist & yumm!!

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  10. PJ says:

    Rajani, I can really understand how you feel. I left behind loads of props when we moved back to India and miss those Chinaware bowls in different shapes..
    The cake is decorated so well and it looks very nice Rajani..

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  11. Srivalli says:

    See if you want us to keep using all the adjectives, we won’t mind..I feel you must have got bored reading all the ooieee and aahaaaa your picture get..so they don’t “lackluster” or whatever…its just that you are missing your old comfortable ground..I am sure you will get it soon..this cake looks very stunning to me..

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  12. Gayathri Kumar says:

    The cake looks so nice and as every one said, your pictures are so nice. They don’t miss anything but it is you who is missing India. You will surely get the hang of things in a while Rajani..

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