Banana cake is very popular in Hong Kong style bakery shops. Since banana is quite expensive in Hong Kong, not all bakery shops have banana cakes available. When we moved to Singapore, we could easily find beautiful and cheap bananas. Not long, the price of bananas was going up.
My family loves eating this healthy fruit very much, to the point that we can’t live without it everyday. So when bananas are on sale or in season, I’d buy as many as we can consume. Then I’ll reserve some to wait them ripe enough and bake this beautiful and tasty banana cake.
1 1/2 cups plain flour
4 ripe bananas
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar, white or brown (if you like darker colour, use brown)
1 egg, whisked
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 175C (350F).
Smashed the ripe bananas in a large bowl with a spoon or process in a food processor. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to combine melted butter with the smashed bananas. Stir in sugar, whisked egg and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt in the mixture.
Stir in sifted flour, one third at a time. No need to stir too hard, just fold and incorporate all ingredients thoroughly.
Transfer mixture into a greased 4x8 inch baking pan. Bake for about 1 hour. Test with a needle. If it comes out clean, the cake is cooked through. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack. Enjoy!
If you feel too tired of smashing banana with a spoon, use a food processor. Just process bananas for a few seconds if you’d like to retain some texture.
I found it’s better not to use an electric mixer for making banana cake. Use a spoon or whisk just to incorporate all ingredients together without over-stirring. The cake would be turned out really soft.