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I have made this cake a couple of times now, and everytime I make it, it just tastes better and better. It is so moist and will stay that way if covered with plastic wrap and kept out of the fridge. For all you banana cake lovers, this is the one to try.
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
- Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Add vanilla essence.
- Beats eggs in one at a time.
- Mash bananas and beat into the creamy mixture.
- Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda and add to the mixture.
- Stir in the milk and fold the mixture until all ingredients are mixed well.
- Grease a 20 cm round tin and line with baking paper.
- Pour cake mixture into tin.
- Then pour Caramel and Walnut Topping over uncooked cake and bake for about 45-60 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes before you turn it out onto a wire rack.
- Serve with a dollop of cream.
- For the CARAMEL AND WALNUT TOPPING, place butter and brown sugar in a saucepan and stir over low heat until the butter is melted and mixture is smooth.
- Add walnuts and pour over cake before placing into oven.
I found this to be really way too sweet. I followed the recipe to the letter. We ended up tossing half of it. I weighed out my sugar on a digital scale set to grams. So I know it coverted right. The cake part was great. It was the topping that was too much. I liked the whole idea of the cake, maybe I will try it again someday cutting down on the sugar.
Oh man, really good cake - ultrasweet, but good! Instead of self-rising flour I used regular all-purpose and added 1,5 ts of baking powder and a pinch of salt. I found that 250 g of brown sugar and 60 g of butter does not a pourable consistency make, so I added a few tablespoons of boiling water to get a sauce-like consistency. (Could be that our brown sugars are a bit different!) Then, I needed to adjust the baking time as I have a 24 cm pan - I baked the cake for 40 minutes and it was almost perfect, I'll take the cake out a tad sooner the next time! After all this, I was happy to find that the cake turned out beautifully! The sauce ends up at the bottom of the cake, moistening it on the way, and leaves a lovely "crust" on top that looks crunchy, but is not (hence the cake is easy to cut!). The taste of bananas, the crunchiness of the walnuts, the sweetness of the caramel sauce... Yum-my! The only thing I'll change the next time is to use less brown sugar - I think that reducing the amount of sugar but keeping the amount of butter the same will result in a pourable sauce, plus my taste buds could do with a little less sugar overall! Still, a wonderful combo, and I love the fact that the sauce is "baked in". Thanks so much for sharing!