Tuesday 21 June 2016

Banana anc coconut cake

Occasionally people ask if I have thought of writing a cookbook.  More often I feel that I am far more suited to blogging than cookbook writing.  Cookbook authors have to make the same recipe over and over with great precision.  It is not the way I cook.  I tinker and tweak recipes.  Take this banana cake.  I have made it twice.  The first time I veered from the recipe on veganbaking.net and the second time I changed it again.

Manky old bananas like these are the reason that I have so many banana cakes on my blog.  Sometimes I return to old recipes and sometimes I want to try something new.  Many banana cakes ask for 3 bananas.  I was particularly drawn to this vegan banana cake because it only needed 2 bananas.  Which was all I had.

The first time I made the banana cake was just before I picked up Sylvia from school.  We met a friend of hers.  When her little sister told me it was her birthday I was pleased to be able to offer her a tub of sliced cake.

The second time I made the cake I was in a rush to leave the house and took it out without even testing it.  The cake was slightly soft in the middle after 40 minutes in my slow oven but it tasted lovely.  I love cakes warm from the oven but the texture of this one is better after cooling.  Sylvia and E were very pleased to get home and find fresh cake waiting for them.

This is a lovely soft cake with a slight texture from the coconut.  Enough texture to make me happy but not enough to alienate kids who do not like bits.  It is vegan and low in oil.  I am looking forward to making it again.

More banana cakes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Banana and yoghurt cake
Banana cake with maple syrup (v)
Choc caramel banana cake
Healthy banana bread
Mum’s banana cake

More banana cakes online:
Banana skin cake - Not Quite Nigella
Chocolate chip banana cake (v) - Chef Chloe
Gluten free banana bread - The Healthy Chef
Jamie Oliver Figgy banana bread - The Quirk and The Cool
Karen Martini's sisterly banana bread - The Age 

Coconut and banana cake
Adapted from veganbaking.net

1/2 cup soy milk (or sub 2 tbsp aquafaba)
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

3/4 cup banana purée (about 2 bananas)
1/2 cup sugar (I used brown sugar)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch cinnamon

1 1/4 cups plain flour (I used half white, half wholemeal)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda (ie baking soda)

1/4 cup desiccated coconut (optional)

Mix milk and vinegar or lemon juice in a small bowl and set aside.  Mix banana, sugar,  oil, vanilla, salt and cinnamon.  By now the milk mixture should be slightly curdled and can be mixed in.  Add flour, baking powder and bicarbonate soda.  Stir until combined and then briefly stir in coconut if using.  Scrape into a greased and lined 20cm round cake tin.  Bake at 180 C until golden brown on top and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.  (25 to 40 minutes depending on your oven.)

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  1. Yes you have to be really precise with directions etc but given the fails I've had with so many cookbooks I wonder if they are that precise after all! ;)

    1. Thanks Lorraine - I usually blame fails on me changing around recipes.

  2. I agree with Lorraine! Some recipe books seem to be tried and true...other times, oh la la...are you sure someones even made that? Because It's all kinds of wrong!

    1. Thanks Bridie - I guess the good books are the ones we go back to again and again - you have to have faith in an author

  3. What a delicious looking cake. Banana and coconut is a great flavour combination - reminds me wistfully of summer.

    1. Thanks Cakelaw - yeah it is a flavour combo I love

  4. I share your views on cookbook writing - even when I want to make a dish again I struggle to make it exactly the same way! It's hard enough writing down what I did so I can blog things. This does sound like a delicious cake though, perhaps almost worth repeating as is ;)

    1. Thanks Kari - yeah I sometimes have trouble writing down recipes I have made as I already know I will make it differently next time

  5. Manky old bananas are great for getting inspired. Trouble is I often don't have the time to be creative before they go completely over the edge. This cake looks perfect though.... great that it is vegan too x

    1. Thanks Kate - sometimes my bananas are so manky they look past it and I am surprised once I peel them that they are still ok

  6. Sounds good. I like the coconut in it =)
    I rarely have over-ripe bananas. I find myself having to go to the store & buy extra bananas and let them ripen as I eat mine far too quickly to use them in baking ;p
    "More often I feel that I am far more suited to blogging than cookbook writing."
    Me too!!! I think the idea of making a cookbook sounds like a lot of repetitive work.

    1. Thanks Kimmy - you must love eating bananas - I am too fussy about them not being too ripe when I eat them. Yes doing a cookbook must be such a lot of work

  7. Thanks Mihl - yeah it must be hard to deal with amazon reviews - you want to promote a cookbook but it doesn't always just bring out the fans!!!


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