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Its Mayank’s birthday today. I baked him this eggless banana almond cake and had a little cake cutting ceremony with the girls this morning. Its funny how the way we celebrate birthdays changes as we grow old. Mayank was not interested in doing anything special. He was telling Raina that old people dont celebrate birthdays. Raina asked cutely, “Who is old, papa?” “

Yesterday my younger daughter Trisha suggested we go shopping and buy a surprise for papa. She then asked me to bake a cake for him. In the evening both girls made cards for him. I was amused at the kind of things they want to do on his birthday. They actually made Hello Kitty cards and stuck barbie cello tapes on them. Trisha was saying “Papa will be so happy to see the Barbie tapes. He will love it.” They want a cake cutting with barbies and kitties around so it feels like dad’s birthday 🙂

Talking of cakes, I am bored of baking chocolate cakes. Its all my girls would ever want to eat. This time I took the opportunity of baking something different. Something to just change the way cake always tastes in my house. So I baked this one which contains ingredients like almond essence, cinnamon powder and ginger powder. Needless to say, it was rejected by both my girls. After all how could I possibly go against the ordinary?

The cake had a dense and good texture. I thought it was tasty and filling. However, the essence used should be limited to just a few drops. It’s only vanilla essence that can safely be added in a quantity like 1 teaspoon in a 1 kg cake. With other flavors I think one needs to watch out.

I learnt this recipe from the evening program on Food Food channel called “Tea Time with Rakesh Sethi”. I must say that I am a huge fan of Rakesh Sethi. I never miss a single program of his and I love every dish he prepares. His selection of dishes, the way he presents them and the simplicity with which he teaches makes the program so addictive. I am sure there will be lots more coming on my blog from what I learn from him. This cake has some proportion changes that I made based on my own taste.

Ingredients :

  • 1.5 cups All purpose flour (maida)
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted butter
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • Few drops almond essence
  • 4 TBsp Butter milk
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 ripe banana (large)
  • Pinch of cinnamon powder

For the cake garnish :

  • Pinch of Ginger powder
  • Slivered almond (4-5)
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Pinch of cinnamon powder

Procedure :

  1. Sieve the flour with the salt, baking powder and cinnamon powder.
  2. Separately, mash the banana with the help of a fork and mix in the buttermilk and baking soda. Whisk till mixture becomes fluffy. This will now work as an egg replacement for us.
  3. Beat the brown sugar with butter. Now add the banana-buttermilk mix and flour mix to it, alternately.
  4. Add essence and some more buttermilk (if required) to form a smooth, thick batter.
  5. Pour batter into a greased and dusted mold.
  6. Mix the garnish ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle the mix onto the cake.
  7. Bake at 180 Deg C for 35-40 minutes. Once done, prick the cake in the center and check if the tooth pick comes out clean.