Coffee and Banana Cake

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I had all grand plans this week about writing one of those “10 happy things this week post”, and then what happened is that for reasons I don’t particularly want to disclose too much on the internet, it has been the shittiest week, probably since my cat got hit by a car and I had to go and identify him last year. So yeah. Not a happy Cecilia this week, and it’s probably gonna be a bit glum for a few more days to be honest.

Anyways, so when I woke up on Saturday and was gonna go and make a breakfast smoothie, but discovered that the bananas were a bit too overripe for that, I just thought “screw it – I’m baking a cake” Now cake doesn’t really solve any problems in the world, but I have never heard of it making anything worse either, so I started scouring my cookbooks for Banana cake recipe, and this is what I came through with on the other side

If you find yourself with a number of bananas that you are planning on just putting in the bin because they are overripe, I say go for this option instead!

What you will need is
100g butter
300ml caster sugar
2 eggs
500ml plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder (which I am totally noticing when reading the recipe that I forgot to add)
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
ripe bananas  – approx 400g (I used 4)
50ml cold coffee

Cream together your butter and sugar until fluffy, then continue creaming, adding one egg at a time.

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and combine with the butter/egg/sugar mixture

Mash the bananas, mix them into the batter, and add the coffee.

Add to a cake tin (one of those with a hole in the middle) and bake at the bottom of the oven, for around 60 minutes at 175 degrees celsius.

Take your cake and eat it! It probably goes quite nice with ice cream or whipped cream. I just had a slicet on it’s own, it works that way too!
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Remember, bananas are high in Potassium, Potassium is very good for preventing high blood pressure and strokes, so basically this is a healthy cake! 😉

What do you tend to do with overripe fruit and veggies? just bin it or come up with a separate use for them?

Oh by the way, if you are following me on twitter, you may find it a bit confusing in the next few weeks that I start tweeting like crazy about my bus-journeys to work. The reason is I am taking part in a study about commuting and social media use that is being done by the University of Aberdeen. I am helping out with science!

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24 Responses to Coffee and Banana Cake

  1. Pottsy says:

    Banana and coffee cake sounds like an excellent alternative to smoothie, hope it helped make your week a bit brighter!

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  2. facetfully says:

    Makes me think of a day in grade school….long ago…when the banana in my lunch was black. I was not going to eat it, but the cafeteria worker insisted that I open the peeling. It was perfect. I have to say I have not seen that again! Hope the cake made a little sweet spot in your day/week!

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  3. missd3bbie says:

    Ooh I’ve never tried adding coffee to banana cake, I love coffee cake so it seems like the perfect combination. I actually did a post yesterday on what I like doing with overripe bananas http://www.hellodeborah.co.uk/overripe-banana-recipes/

    I have more overripe ones in my fruit bowl, maybe I can bake this one evening. I’m sorry to hear you’ve had a crap week, I hope it improves this week and the cake has helped somewhat. I always find baking quite relaxing and takes my mind off things.

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  4. adales8 says:

    I love banana bread so this sounds excellent! I hope next week is better for you! x

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  5. duckinadress says:

    I think this sounds like a delicious combination, I’m not keen on coffee (the drink) but I do like coffee as a flavour (I’m just a bit weird). Fingers crossed next week is better for you xx

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    • I was actually thinking what else could be used as a liquid instead of coffee for this one today, and think maybe replacing it with freshly squeezed orange juice or something might work really well!
      Having tried it with the coffee I am now also thinking I should have added walnuts to the mixture!

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  6. bevchen says:

    Oh, this sounds really good… and I have a jar of instant coffee that I want to use up as well. Serendipity!

    I hope this week is better for you.

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  7. Very sorry to hear you’ve had such a hard week – hope things look up for you soon! This cake looks very good for soul – love the idea of adding coffee to the recipe! xxx

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    • Thanks! Yes fingers crossed it will!
      I reckon this recipe could be customised in a number of ways, so much so I am considering not using my stash of bananas at home so I have some more ready for baking next weekend! haha

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  8. Overripe bananas are perfect for cakes!! I sometimes buy overripe ones just so I can make a banana cake haha. And I love that potassium justification for banana cake being healthy! I’m totally buying it 🙂 I’m sorry you had a tough week. I hope this one is much, much better for you. Much love! Xo

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    • Never a need to justify cake in my books, but it certainly helps! Problem for me is I see baking as therapeutic so I do it to stress down a lot and then I end up with far too much cake around the house for the two of us to finish!

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  9. Holly says:

    We freeze left over bananas for banana bread – we lurve it! I otherwise dislike bananas/banana flavoured things so much!

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  10. Sophie says:

    I’m sorry you’re having a crap week!! I think your attitude – bake a cake – is definitely the way to go though 🙂

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  11. Kerri says:

    This sounds like a tasty cake, I hope it helped out a little! Sorry about the shitty week, sending good things to you on the radiowaves!

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  12. I love a good banana bread, especially with chocolate. But seeing as a i’m a bit of a coffee lover I might have to give this one a try!

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