Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Banana Walnut cake

Hi friends!
Happy to meet you all after a gap.Thanks for all your encouraging comments and mails that keep me going. Sorry, I missed many of your delicious posts and trying to catch up now:) The summer and the vacations made me quite busy and tired. The heat is horrible here, but couldn't stop us from roaming around and swimming (Don't imagine me with a lot of swimming skills, I am a learner for a long time).Moreover I tried a lot of recipes and waiting to share them with you all.

Let's start with something sweet. Here is a version of a very moist, spongy banana walnut cake. I got the recipe from this website. It is a very successful one and the best cake I have ever tasted. Try and let me know:)

Cake batter prepared without any lumps.




The Banana walnut cake is baked.


Banana walnut cake sliced and served.

Ingredients:
All purpose flour - 2 1/2 cup
Baking soda - 1 tbsp
salt - 1/8 tsp
butter - 1/2 cup (8 tbsp or 1 stick)
(don't use oil here, as I am calculating the moisture from butter too. Otherwise we may need to add some water also)
White sugar - 1 cup
Brown sugar - 3/4 cup
egg - 2
Ripe banana - 4 (long ones)
butter milk - 2/3 cup
(2/3 cup milk + 1 tsp vinegar can be substituted here)
walnut (chopped)- 1/2 cup
vanilla essence - 1 tsp

Method:
Preheat the oven to 350 deg F (175 deg C). Grease two (8"x8" square) cake pans with 1/4 tsp butter (each).

Chop the walnuts into small pieces and mix a tsp of all purpose flour with it.

Add the egg, butter, both sugars,salt,vanilla essence, buttermilk to a mixer / blender and beat till it turns fluffy.

Pour it to a broad mixing bowl.

Then put the bananas in the mixer and slightly mash them (two or three pulse is enough). Add it to the mixing bowl. Mix well.

Now sift the flour with baking soda twice (to make the cake fluffy) and put it in the mixing bowl. Beat and mix the batter very well using a fork or whisk (not a blender, as the bananas will get over mushy).
In between, if you see some lumps, then leave the batter for a 5 minutes and then start beating. This helps in soaking and a smooth batter without any lumps.

Stir in half the chopped nuts.

Pour the prepared batter in the pans for two inches height and spread the walnuts over the batter. Bake the cake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Insert a skewer to check if the cake is completely baked.

Take out and place on a damp towel to cool (This generates much steam and makes the cake moist). Then carefully remove from the pan and cool completely (for an hour or more).

Then slice and serve with or without frosting.

Tips:
Don't open the oven for the first 35 minutes.
The cake will be fluffy as soon as we take out of the oven, but after a few minutes it will loose the bump in the top.Don't panic, this will not affect the texture of the cake.
Always use the well ripened (skin turned black) banana for making a cake.
We can freeze and store the bananas that turn black and of no further use. Remove the skin and store them in zip lock covers in freezer. Just bring them to room temperature and blend in the liquid that oozes out also.
Cream cheese frosting is the usual one.

25 comments:

Soma Pradhan said...

Nice Post dear..yummy cake

Anonymous said...

cheap dirti

Asha said...

I heard that it's very very hot there, be safe.

Cake looks wonderful, Banana makes it moist.

Swathi said...

banana walnut cake looks good Viki. I always endup baking something with banana.

Rachana Kothari said...

A perfect tea-time Cake. I love banana cake :-)

Suja Sugathan said...

Happy that you are back dear..Cake looks great Viki,perfectly baked..love banana walnut cake.

Suman Singh said...

first time here...you have a wonderful blog with delicious collections of recipes...
What a coincidence even I had posted Banana nuts muffins y'day on my blog..:)
Banana walnut cake looks moist and spongy...de-lish!

Priti said...

The cake looks absolute delicious and gud to see your back Viki..

Viki's Kitchen said...
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divya said...

looks yummy cake..

Priya said...

Glad to see u back Viki..soft and scrumptious cake looks prefect and wonderful..

Panchpakwan said...

So spongy banana cake..Looks yuumy.

simply.food said...

Cake looks lovely and super moist.

Nandini said...

Anony here is just a dumb@$$. Never mind, the cake looks soft, moist and spongy! I'd have a piece!

GayathriRaj said...

Yeah that is what i felt dear....i missed all ur recipes coz of ur long break...so howz there??? take care of urself first....
And lovely cake.... loooking yummy da....

Aparna said...

my fav banana cake..nice one..

Parita said...

Good to see you back..cake looks moist and delicious!

AshKuku said...

Very luring..... Well prepared to perfection..... Brilliant captures of the same.... Hugs )))

Ash...
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Thanks for the tips dear...Banana walnut cake looks very tempting and moist.
Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Jaleela Kamal said...

very yummy walnut cake

Satya said...

Hi viki...banana walnut cake is my favourite and i am very much new to the baking, i wish i learn alot for u and ur blog....ur banana walnut cake looks awesome :)

Rach said...

Thanks for stopping by, u have a cute and lovely blog here. Will be back in your space soon :)

malarvizhi said...

NICE RECEIPE .LOOKS DELICIOUS.

Ramya said...

Thanx for the useful tips Viki..I often tend to peek in during the fisrt 15 mins of baking:)

Viki's Kitchen said...

Thank you friends.
Anonymous in second coment: I pity you jobless anony:) I have absolutely no idea what you just typed. Have you been drinking? Go get some life , if you can..hi..hi.