How to Make Banana Walnut Cake the Best Way
The Banana Walnut Cake
I bake this cake quite often, because it's delicious and very easy to make. We have several walnut trees in our garden. When they're ready to pick in October, we dry them and store them in a dry and safe spot so the mice and rats can't get to them.
Walnuts are very nutritious and healthy too (if you don't eat too many of them at the same time).
Starting The Preparations
- 200 gr. vegetable fat, slightly melted
- 200 gr. sugar, granulated
- 200 gr. flour, all purpose
- 4 eggs
- handful walnuts
- 2 bananas
- a pinch of salt
- baking powder, 1 sack, optional
In the Netherlands, we measure cooking ingredients in kilos and grams. So it's a bit difficult for me to give you the measurements which are normal in Great Britain and the USA. I found a very easy-to-use measurement converter on the internet. Using that converter, it will be a piece of cake (to stay with the theme) to convert my measurements to the one you use.
I'll show you the step-by-step below.
- Crack two hands of walnuts. One half you grate, the other half you put aside.
- Take a bowl and hand mixer or a Kitchen Aid.
- Weigh the equal amounts of butter, sugar, and flour.
- Stir the sugar and the soft butter. Add the eggs one by one. Add the flour. Add the grated walnuts.
- Take a cake leaf, make sure the inside is all buttered up, put some flour in it, and turn it around so all sides look flourish.
- Put in half the dough. Decorate with a banana and walnuts.
- Put in the other half of the dough and decorate the top.
- Put the cake in the oven, and bake it for 1 hour/1 hour 20 minutes, depending on the size of the cake leaf.
Step 1: Making the Dough
Instructions for Making the Dough
- Take the vegetable fat, melt it a little bit and put it in a middle sized bowl. Add the sugar and stir it firm until you get a creamy mass. You can either do it by hand (lots of work), use a handheld mixer or use one of those multi purpose kitchen machine.
- Add the eggs in one by one and make sure you mix it completely before you add the second one and so on. Stir it firm until it looks very creamy.
- Add a pinch of salt.
- Put the flour in a sieve and sieve it bit by bit while mixing the dough. Make sure all the flour mix in well.
- If you use a little sack of baking powder as well, mix it in with the flour.
Salt Is Optional.
When you use baking powder, you don't need the salt.
Step 2: Adding Flavors
Instructions For Flavours
To add flavor to the dough, we'll use grated and chopped walnuts and half a banana. You can either buy walnuts still in their shell or ready-to-use walnuts.
- Grate half the amount of the nuts (see below) and chop half of the other half in smaller pieces.
- Put the grated and chopped nuts in the dough and mix them well.
- Put aside some half pieces of the walnut for decoration.
- Slice the banana in not too thick slices and put them aside.
Mixing the Grated And Chopped Walnuts
I Use a Multipurpose Rotator.
Multi Purpose Rotary
The multi purpose rotary I use looks very much like the Westmark Multi Purpose Rotary. Mine is close to 30 years old. I use this little kitchen helper for grating cheese, nuts, and all other things that are possible to grate. It's very easy to use and very easy to clean.
This Westmark Rotary comes with three different rotators. Each suitable for their own purpose.
Westmark Multipurpose Rotary
Step 3: Prepare for Baking
Instructions For The Cake Decoration
- Take the leaf tin which you already had buttered and flowered and put half of the dough in. Make sure it's even and smooth along the edges and the corners.
- Take the banana, slice it lengthwise in half and put both halves on the dough. Take the chopped or half walnuts and arrange them around.
- Then put in the rest of the dough and make some decoration on top with the remaining banana slices and walnuts.
The inside Decoration Of The Cake
Instructions For Baking The Cake
Of course in the Netherlands we work with the metric system and Celsius in stead of Fahrenheit. I'll give you both. To be on the safe side, it might be wise to stick to the time and temperature you're familiar to.
- Pre-heat the oven to 175C (347F) and put the loaf tin in the middle of the oven.
- Set the time to 60 minutes or 80 minutes depending on the size of the loaf tin.
- At the end of the baking time you can check if the cake is all baked, by sticking in a knitting needle. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready.
- Take out the cake and turn it upside down on a grill and let it cool off completely before you turn it again. If you turn it too soon, chance is that it will fall apart.
I wonder how many people bake Banana with Walnut Cakes
Have you ever baked a Walnut-Banana Cake
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Don't Make The Mistake I Once Did
I thought it would be nice to put halve the dough in the tin and then put a whole smashed banana on top. Then put the rest of the dough on top of that. DON'T do that. Your cake will not come out fine and it will fall apart when baked and cooled off.
© 2014 Titia Geertman