Thursday, September 30, 2010

Banana-Honey Cake

Sometimes, when I go to my Taiwanese friend's place to cook, he usually bake a dessert which involves the use of bananas. In the past, he made banana chocolate chip bread, moist and healthy banana muffin and strawberry banana muffins. Recently, he bought the full collection of Food Made Fast by Williams-Sonoma. These cookbooks seem to "break the routine" of buying a cookbook, try out a few recipes and put it back in the shelf. The recipes are quick and simple to follow and the results come out great. We would highly recommend it. This cake recipe is taking out from Food Made Fast: Baking. The cake turns out moist along with the crunch of walnuts and with a satisfying amount of sweetness. Try it out and you will see.

Serves 8
Preparation Time: 15 mins
Baking Time: 35 mins
Printable Recipe


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
3 bananas, peeled and mashed
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a 8-inch square pan. Sprinkle with flour and tap off excess.

2. In large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

3. In another bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until creamy. Add eggs and honey, beat until smooth.

4. Combine half of the dry ingredients to the creamy mixture, beat until smooth. Afterwards, mix in the mashed bananas. Finally, blend in the remaining dry ingredients.

5. Spread batter evenly in the baking pan. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.

6. Bake for 35 mins or until it passes the toothpick test. Cool completely. Serve.


  1. Sounds so yummy, love the combination of banana and cinnamon.

  2. I have never managed to make my banana cakes set in the middle, i don't know why. This one sounds great though, i like the idea of honey and banana.

  3. Beautiful! I can just imagine how delicious this is, being a fan of banana myself.

  4. @Allison: I don't remember having problem making the cake set in the middle. I would think that it is underbaked. An alternative is to use cake flour. If you don't have cake flour, use 7:1 all-purpose flour/cornstarch. Hope it helps!

  5. The cake looks awesome. Banana is a great addition to baked goods.

  6. This sounds incredible--would Chinese 5-spice be good to use in place of the cinnamon?

  7. I haven't tried Chinese 5-spice for baking cakes. Sounds like a great idea. Go ahead and let me know how it turns out.



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