Monday, August 25, 2008

Banana Walnut Cake

Yet again, another attempt of the Banana Cake. But this time I added MORE bananas, walnuts, lesser sugar and a dash of cinnamon. It was awesome! Tasted as good as it looks here :)

This is an improved version of the original banana cake. For my 3rd Banana Walnut Cake, I had 300g mashed bananas and 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Banana Cake

This is my wonderful Banana Cake! It was my first attempt but the outcome was lovely! I couldn't decide what cake to bake over the weekend. After flipping through my carefully organised and compiled recipe file, I decided on this. I love the aroma of bananas, and bananas in a dessert or cake. Considering it was my first attempt that passed, what more could I ask for?

In the process....


More waiting...

Finally! 2 pans of Banana Cake.

Tasted as yummy as it looks here.. *slurp*

It's tried, tested and proven. So here's the recipe.

What You Will Need
260g Self Raising Flour
220g Castor Sugar (I cut down about 10g of this and I would prefer to use more bananas)
180 Butter (I use margarine)
260g Bananas (I use the short, medium sized ones)
4 Eggs
30ml Milk (I use low fat high cal milk)
3/4 tsp Baking Soda (I only had baking powder)
1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence

Cream butter and sugar at medium speed till light and fluffy. Add eggs a little at a time and mix well till batter is smooth and creamy. Mash bananas and stir into milk. Fold in mash banana mixture and vanilla essence. Sift flour and baking soda together and gently fold in. Pour batter into round baking tin (23cm x 6.4cm) and bake at 170deg for about 1 hr.

(Source: Primadeli website)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Victoria Sponge Cake for the Royals!

Had a sweet craving. Tried this Victoria Sponge Cake from this Kid's Baking Book. I reckoned it was easy baking from a kid's book so I just bought it without 2nd thought and tried baking this cake. It was quite easy and fun!

This was only the beginning.. My hands were oily and dirty. So didn't manage to snap very good pictures...

I had to put 2 layers of sponge cakes together, with the strawberry jam and buttercream in between. The mistake I made was to put the spread too soon. The cake was still warm from the oven. So the buttercream melted and slid down the cake.... :(

This is how it should look, minus the mess. Sprinkled a little castor sugar on the top.

This is the end product. It tasted good but sugar can be reduced the next time!

The Victoria sponge cake was named after Queen Victoria, who favoured a slice of the sponge cake with her afternoon tea. It is often referred to simply as sponge cake, though it contains additional fat. A traditional Victoria sponge consists of jam and whipped cream sandwiched between two sponge cakes; the top of the cake is not iced or decorated.

(Source: The Usborne Children's book of Baking)