Thursday, March 13, 2014

Very Moist Banana Cake (Donna Hay)


Before baking this Donna Hay's banana cake, I knew that I will love it...

Prior this bake, I have tasted a banana cake made with this recipe before. The cake was baked by my colleague for our morning tea and we were very happy eating it. The banana cake is different from the loaf ones that I have baked with William Sonoma recipe at here and Martha Stewart recipe at here. It is the smooth kind with cake-like texture, somehow like the one that I baked baked with Hummingbird Bakery recipe at here. Plus, its extra moist pound-cake-like texture and its deep caramel crust make the cake simply irresistible.

After having my first slice, I can't resist helping myself with extra serving and ate the cake with lots of praises. Funny that I can see slight blush in my colleague's face and the modest she kept saying... It's Donna Hay!

My colleague and I love Donna Hay and both of us have a copy of the book, Modern Classics Book Two by Donna Hay for years and still loving this book. I was told that this is one of the must-bake banana cake with smooth and velvety texture due to the addition of sour cream. It is true! Now that I have baked this banana cake, I would highly recommend this recipe too!

Donna Hay moist banana cake
This very moist banana cake was baked with the recipe by Donna Hay.
Making the cake batter
We need two bananas to bake this cake.
I was told that the addition of sour cream makes this cake so good!
Baking the cake
Admiring the deep caramel crust of this cake...
with smooth velvety texture... beautiful, isn't it?
Look aside, it tastes really good with or even without any caramel sauce.

Here are the recipes.
(with my modification and notes in blue)

Banana Cake from the book, Modern Classics Book Two by Donna Hay
 

Serves 8-10
125g butter, softened
1 cup caster (superfine) sugar

(I used 200g)
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
2 cups plain (all-purpose) flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup sour cream
1 cup roughly mashed banana

(about 2 bananas)

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the butter, caster sugar and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and creamy. 


Gradually add the eggs and beat well.

Sift the flour and baking powder over the mixture. Add the cinnamon, sour cream and banana and stir to combine. 

Spoon the mixture into a greased 26cm (10 in) fluted ring tin. Bake for 40 mins or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool on a wire rack and spread with caramel sauce (or also good on its own).

caramel sauce
Homemade Caramel Sauce from My Baking Addiction, adapted from epicurious

Yield 1 cup:
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup heavy cream, heated until warm
2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

In a heavy saucepan (at least 5 cup capacity), stir together the sugar, syrup, and water until the sugar is completely moistened. Place your candy thermometer into the pot taking care that it is tip in immersed into the sugar mixture.

 

Heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves and the syrup is bubbling. Stop stirring completely and allow it to boil undisturbed until it turns a deep amber (like the color of Bass Ale) (380°F.). Immediately remove it from the heat and slowly and carefully pour the hot cream into the caramel. It will bubble up furiously.
 

Use a high-temperature heat-resistant rubber spatula or wooden spoon to stir the mixture until smooth, scraping up the thicker part that settles on the bottom. If any lumps develop, return the pan to the heat and stir until they dissolve. Stir in the butter and salt. The mixture will be streaky but become uniform after cooling slightly and stirring. Allow the sauce to cool for 3 mins. Gently stir in the vanilla extract.

Happy Baking
Please support me and like me at Facebook...

50 comments:

  1. Hi Zoe. The texture of this cake is beautiful! It looks so moist and this is the type of cake my family loves it :D

    ReplyDelete
  2. Love a nice moist cake. Lookin' good.

    ReplyDelete
  3. hmmm now that Banana cake looks different than the once I have tried. Loved the clicks. This is a must try for me.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Dear Zoe, I know that I will love your spectacular, moist and delicious Banana Cake as well. I've been looking for a perfect banana cake recipe...other than, banana bread;...now, I've found it. So pretty, yet simple and super moist and yummy. Thanks for sharing! Hugs,

    ReplyDelete
  5. it does look like a very fine-crumbed texture and heavenly cake... is this your favourite by far? i'm looking to bake a cake for the church this sunday and have like 5 african-looking bananas (they are like blackkkkkk)...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Victoria,

      Based on all the banana cakes and breads that I had baked, this cake is the best in term of its moist and fine cake-like texture. Can't help to think it is sour cream that does the trick! My colleague and I feel that this recipe can't go wrong... even over-baking slightly with higher temperature or longer duration wouldn't dry up the interior of the cake :D

      Zoe

      Delete
    2. that's very helpful! thanks so much!

      Delete
    3. Hey Zoe, wanted to let you know i baked this for church yesterday ~ did not have time to take pics but it was fantastic!! thanks for sharing

      Delete
    4. Hi Victoria,

      Nice to hear that you like this cake. When I had my first bite of my friend's cake, I knew that I had to share this recipe because it is so moist and delicious. Hope that you have impressed everyone in your church :p ...but don't tell them, it's Donna Hay! LOL!

      Zoe

      Delete
  6. Nom nom! Love that lovely bundt cake pattern! I wonder where to get a bundt cake with such pretty shape?

    And banana with caramel is always amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Never can have enough of this banana cake :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    ReplyDelete
  8. Looks Completely different from my recipe.Love the texture.

    ReplyDelete
  9. This week I haven't got even single banana left.. what a shame :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. I bet your kitchen smells good with all the banana flavour and it sure looks moist!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi Zoe, this is Louiz. I just changed my blogger name to Princess Ribbon, just for fun, teehee.. This name is given to me by the bloggers whom I've known here in the bloggerworld.. Better than using my real name..

    I love banana cake.. I tried baking banana chocolate chip muffins and it tasted good.. Anything with banana is nice.. And I didn't know we have sour cream in our banana cake.. I'm bookmarking this recipe to experiment later..

    ReplyDelete
  12. Looks lovely indeed, I love your bundt pan! Got to try this too when I have bananas!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I love banana cakes and breads and this one does look like the one to try!!! Awesome texture...

    ReplyDelete
  14. Look nice and yum, can I have a piece?!?!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Your pictures made me hungry and I'm just starting my day here!

    ReplyDelete
  16. ooh..i bet this is very delicious..it looks really soft and moist..
    oh, btw..i think u beta dun try putting white chocolate chips in e banana cake..cos on my bake with which choc.. i find them awfully too sweet for me. :-p

    ReplyDelete
  17. Zoe, I haven't had banana cake for a long time, please pass me a slice please! You do have a large collection of molds hoh? This cake looks so beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Yummy cake and really smooth and the texture is so good

    ReplyDelete
  19. You are tempting me with yet another gorgeous banana cake! Very fine and soft texture. I must get some bananas soon ;p

    ReplyDelete
  20. Look So Good!I love banana cake.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Hi Zoe,
    The banana cake does have the texture of pound cake, really moist! Looks like this is another one more banana cake that is queuing in my list!

    ReplyDelete
  22. This cake looks again very delicious. Thanks for the recipe,
    greetings,
    Ymme

    ReplyDelete
  23. Love the mould, thats a super moist and delicious cake..

    ReplyDelete
  24. Super moist and soft banana cake.......I'm fallen on it.......Love ur recipe for the caramel syrup also.....I'm virtually taking some portion of the cake.... :)

    ReplyDelete
  25. Your banana cake sure looks very nice...like the texture and yes, moist is a magic word...since I always have banana, this would be a great way to use them up.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week Zoe :D

    ReplyDelete
  26. 2 things I love here ~ Banana Cake and Ms Hay :D
    and I might add my third ~ your cake mould is nice :)

    ReplyDelete
  27. Wow, this looks delicious Zoe! I love banana bread and cake and yours looks so moist! I love that you made it in a bundt cake pan too - it looks so pretty :)

    ReplyDelete
  28. Oh dear! Your banana cake looks super moist. And I know that banana and caramel sauce are perfect match. I am going to make this. Bookmarking it now.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Usually adding sour cream made cake very moist!! Your cake is look nice and good!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Zoe , I've been meaning to look up one of your Donna Hay's cake . I've been dunking a piece of Tim tam cookies in my hot milky coffee and I remember your Tim tam cake :D It's been quiet sometime since I baked banana bread/cake :P I bought a bunch of banana last time , setting it aside just for banana bread but as it ripens , well , the rest is in the stomach er history lol

    ReplyDelete
  31. Oh my gosh, I love the idea of banana cake with caramel sauce! This sounds amazing. And I love the pan that you used!

    ReplyDelete
  32. It sure looks good with all the caramel sauce!

    ReplyDelete
  33. so pretty!!!! love the pan. love the cake!!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Your mould sure is pretty... love how your cake turned out!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Thanks for visiting my space........ Banana cake looks moist and soft , love the clicks!!

    ReplyDelete
  36. Thanks a lot for visiting me Zoe,amazing space you have got,yummy moist cake

    ReplyDelete
  37. Zoe, I have a weakness for banana cakes and I will definitely try this one!

    ReplyDelete
  38. i think this is the one you told me long ago right? i'm still keeping the recipe..LOL! dont think i can make this for the clas, got to save it for later!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, Lena! This is the recipe that I have been telling you to bake. My colleague likes to bake this cake for us many times as this is always one of her fav recipes... I tell myself that I have to try this recipe and glad that I did.

      Zoe

      Delete
  39. Hi Zoe,
    I haven't been on the baking blog word for a couple of weeks. Glad to see you're still baking up a storm. :) (BTW, I ran a half marathon last month. It was fun!)

    ReplyDelete
  40. Hi Zoe, Lovely cake & so moist . Great with a cup of tea . Gosh! I 'm late for Cook Lika A Star event again! Getting old , you see! LOL Promise I'll link my post ASAP ! ;)

    ReplyDelete
  41. I was wondering if I can submit my Julia Child's Queen Of Sheba cake for this month's Cook Like A Star event ? PLS do let me know , merci ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Kit,

      We are baking and cooking recipes from the stars from our previous CLAS events (ie. Donna Hay, Ina Garten, Jamie Oliver, Bill Granger and etc). Sorry that Julia Child is not one of them :p

      Zoe

      Delete