Banana and Sour Cream Cake

I’m staying with my little sister for a while and I have noticed that they always seems to have bananas that are calling out the be made into a cake. All my trusty cookbooks are still on a cargo ship on it’s way from the UK so I raided my sisters collection for a good recipe.

Donna Hay has really become huge since I left Australia nearly 10 years ago and to be honest I’m taking my time to warm to her recipes. The photography in her books has improved 10 fold and I will definitely be taking notes. As you can see from my pic, I’m in need of some help.

This is a simple moist banana cake recipe that Donna suggests you serve with caramel sauce, which would be lovely as a lunch time dessert but I decided to make lemon icing with chopped walnuts.

Banana Cake:

125g butter, softened

1 cup caster sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

3 eggs

2 cups plain flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 cup sour cream

1 cup roughly mashed banana

Method:

Preheat oven to 180°C . Place butter, caster sugar and brown sugar in a bowl and beat until light and creamy with electric beaters. Gradually add the eggs, one at a time and beat well. Sift in flour and baking powder over mixture. Add cinnamon, sour cream and banana, stir to combine. Spoon mixture into a greased 26cm fluted ring tin. Bake for 40 minutes or until cooked (mine took 30 mins, depending on your oven). Cool on a wire rack and ice with lemon icing mix and top with chopped walnuts.

Simple lemon icing:

1 1/2 cup icing sugar

1 teaspoon butter

1 teaspoon hot water

Juice of half a lemon

Sift icing sugar into a medium bowl, add butter and hot water and mix well. Add lemon juice and extra icing sugar if the mix is too thin and will not cover the cake well.


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16 thoughts on “Banana and Sour Cream Cake

  1. That looks very tasty – there is nothing better for a snack on a warm day than a good moist banana loaf… Mmmm-mmm… A big donut shaped nana cake of joy 🙂 And now I’m hungry.

    Interesting, I had forgotten that cups are used for measurement in Australia – do you find that easier or harder than grams?

    • Awh, thanks Aaron. I love banana cake, very popular in Australia, as you can imagine, bananas are everywhere.
      Funny you mention about using cup measurements as I was contemplating that as I was making it. Very American I guess but makes you feel more unrestrained. I was always so precise with my digital scales in the UK. I didn’t even weigh the butter today as I couldn’t find my sisters scales. I’m a more precise baker though and prefer grams.

  2. That looks so celebratory and ideal for this time of year. I’ve always meant to make a ring cake but my one attempt ever to do it wasn’t very successful. I need a bundt tin instead of angel food one I think.

    • Hi Catty, yes Sydney is treating me well so far. Yeah we had a great day for the picnic the sun was shinning and we had some great food. I even got my pic in some of the blog posts (my lily white English skin against all the tanned Aussies).

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