This is the first cake I ever made for Andrew, and it continues to be his favourite. It is my type of cake too, no frosting, layers, icing, etc... It's a cake we have with tea or coffee, as a dessert, or even for breakfast.
This is a Brazilian recipe and there are many similar ones with a few variations.
Another thing I like about this cake is that it doesn't require any special kitchen gadget or equipment. Everything is done using a few bowls. For the best results, use bananas that are over ripe.
Banana Cake Recipe:
adapted from this Brazilian cooking site
2 cups all-purpose flour ( you can use half whole wheat flour, half white)
1 1/2 cup sugar ( mixing white and brown sugar will add extra flavour from the molasses)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4 ripe bananas, mashed
2 large eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350 F and prepare a cake pan with butter and flour.
Mix all the dry ingredients in a bow and whisk it to combine. Set aside.
In another bowl, mix the bananas, eggs, oil and vanilla. Add the raisins.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture in 3 parts, alternating with milk and making sure it's all incorporated before adding more.
Pour cake batter into prepared pan and bake until done, about 45 minutes.
Cool in pan for 5 minutes before inverting to a wire rack to cool completely.