July 27, 2008

Banana Cake, Steam or Bake?

I'm beginning to love banana cakes more, especially those which are soft, fluffy and not too sweet. So far I find that only home-made banana cake fits the bill, cos I can totally adjust the sweetness to my liking, and choose recipes which had been tried and tested.

I would like to share these two banana cake recipes I've made. One is the steamed version while the other is the baked version. I really like both recipes and would definitely keep it!
The above one is the steamed version. Recipe from Amanda's blog. True to what she had described, it's really soft, fluffy and moist. It's moist-ness (is there such a word?) is something that baked usually don't have. For those without an oven at home and yet would like to make your own cake, this is the one!
The above is the mini baked banana muffin. The original recipe was this light and fluffy banana cake from Zu's Kitchen. The last time I made was almost two years ago, when I baked during chinese new year in a square pan of 7x7-inch. As I had only 2 bananas, I baked in mini muffins cups and yield 30 minis! The cake also puffed up and formed a cute dome shape. :)
I scaled to 2/3 of the original recipe:
120g butter
120g brown/castor sugar (I used 100g castor)
1 1/2 large eggs
2 tbsp yoghurt
2 large bananas, mashed
160g plain flour + 2/3 tsp baking powder and 2/3 tsp baking powder (or 160g self-raising flour)
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time and beat well.
  4. Add yoghurt and banana and mix till well blended.
  5. Fold in flour to mixture.
  6. Spoon into muffin tins lined with muffin papers (optional) to 2/3 full (I fill up to almost full).
  7. Bake at 180°C for about 10-15 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.


daphne said...

steamed or baked. That's a hard choice. Both looks good though!

Lore said...

I'd definitely want to try both 'cause they look really really good! I'm new to banana cakes but I already enjoy them as often as I can.

Aimei said...

Hi Daphne and Lore, yes both are equally good! Just see what you have on hand, butter or oil...or are u in the mood to cream butter and sugar, or taking out your beater to beat the sugar and eggs... :P