Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Sour Cream Banana Cake


This recipe comes from Minty's Kitchen. I have to agree with Veronica that this is a very good banana cake. It is very moist and tender, the ultimate recipe for a banana cake lover. Whenever I find myself with an abundance of ripe bananas, I turn to this recipe.


The ingredients are quite similar to another one of my favorite banana cake which comes from Anncoo Journal which I have attempted hereApparently, sour cream is the secret ingredient in producing a moist banana cake with tender crumbs. That's what my Auntie told me.



I have lost count of how many times I have baked this cake. The first time I tried this recipe, my partner was having lunch when the cake was cooling right in front of him. After polishing everything off his plate, he proclaimed that he was still hungry. He eyed the banana cake and asked if he could have a slice. The cake was still warm, but I obliged. I had a bite too and yum! It was so good and the fact that it was still warm made it even better.



I did not add any nuts or orange zest to the cake as I prefer my banana cakes "neat". There is also no necessity to add vanilla essence or God forbid, banana essence. The ripe bananas alone is enough to give flavor to the cake. However, I have added cinnamon as I love the combination of cinnamon and bananas.



If you love banana cake and have yet to find a favorite recipe, I suggest that you try this one. 












Sour Cream Banana Cake
Recipe source : Adapted from Minty's Kitchen

Ingredients :
- 240g self-raising flour
- 250g butter
- 100g caster sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon sugar
- 4 eggs
- 125g sour cream
- 3 medium bananas, mashed (about 250g)

Method :

1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
3. Add mashed bananas and mix evenly.
4. Fold in flour, alternating with sour cream and ending with flour.
5. Divide batter evenly between two small loaf pans.
6. Bake for 50 minutes or until skewer inserted into the center of the pan comes out clean.

Note for my own reference : I tented the cakes after 40 minutes.

50 comments:

  1. Morning dearie.. I always associate sour cream with potato crisps or sour cream with quesadillas.. When I think of sour cream, I think of chilli cheese fries, haha.. But I know sour cream can be used to make cakes too, like this one, sour cream banana cake.. Oohh, so that's the secret - sour cream will give a moist cake with tender crumbs.. Yep, I love banana cakes too, and the ones we buy from stalls have this very dark brown colour with only banana essence, not good.. But your cake, wow, the bestest cake on earth!

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    1. Thank you, Louiz! I like the word "bestest" hee..hee... Yup, I love sour cream potato chips and don't forget the sour cream and bacon topping for baked potatoes! On it's own I find sour cream very "geli" but when eaten with other food or baked in cakes, it is very nice.

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  2. yes...either turn it into cakes or jemput jemput...super yummy

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    1. Meow, I liek jemput-jemput. So long never eat already.

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  3. Sour cream? Hmmm...must be nice, added richness and flavour. Love banana cakes with ice cream.

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    1. Arthur, I meant to try banana cake with ice-cream. But not now. Diet in progress LOL!

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  4. oooh, sour cream?? this sounds interesting and also special.. I like banana cake and I wonder how it taste like with sour cream..

    first the bright golden yellow color is so appetizing already (the cream actually make it golden??).. second, with a hint of sourness in the cake to balance the sweetness, I guess can eat even more bcos won't get "jelak" easily..

    good try and I love this!! :)

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    1. SK, you can't taste the sour cream and won't know that it is even there :) What it does is give moisture. There is also no sourness in the cake, unless if I put too little sugar. Overall this one is just nice in terms of sweetness. A banana cake lover's dream!

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  5. Good morning Phong Hong
    I wanted to bake this cake right after Veronica post this yummy cake and went all over supermarkets to look for sour cream.....duh....tak dak ....so ....didnt do. I guess I have to start hunting again.

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    1. Hi Mel! If you can't find sour cream you can use yogurt or Greek yogurt. I have tried baking banana cake with yogurt and it is just as good.

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  6. Hi Phong Hong....

    Your story about Mr Hubby asking for a slice of cake after he had polished off his plate of lunch is like tergantunglah. So, how many pieces he ended up eating? A piece or a loaf? Hahaha... Peace! Jangan marah!

    If I were to try this recipe, I might use yougurt instead of sour cream. Why? Because I don't have sour cream and just too lazy to go and buy one. Hopefully it won't turn into a mad cooking! Hahaha...

    Have a nice day my friend!

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    1. Hi MamaFaMi! He ate only one piece lah sebab I dah jeling-jeling kat dia. heh..heh....

      Yes, use yogurt and it is just as good. And more economical too. Don't worry, it won't become mad cooking hah..hah....

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  7. Now i very lazy, long time didn't bake liao...

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    1. Sharon, you always say that but one day I hope to see your cake hee..hee...

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  8. I must say this is the first time I'm seeing a Banana Cake that has a golden yellow hue. Just like Princess Ribbon, the ones I've bought have this dark brown colour (including the ones I've made.....actually, I've only baked 2 cakes in my life and one of them is a Banana Cake ;) Will definitely give this recipe a try...with your secret ingredient.......sour cream!

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    1. The golden hue is due to two reasons - (1) the butter and eggs and (2) my lousy lighting hah..hah.... Maybe those dark brown ones are due to the mashed bananas being exposed for too long before being baked? This recipe using sour cream is really good. I love it and I will stick to this recipe. But I won't mind trying other recipes just for comparison.

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  9. Hi Phong Hong, banana cakes are usually very fragrant and I believe the sour cream makes the cake moist and soft. You can bake very well.

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    1. Hi Kimmy! Compliments accepted with gratitude hee..hee.. It is one of my favourite cakes and I am glad I found this recipe.

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  10. PH, your banana cake looks good. Now you made me want to make one. Thanks for the linking back to me.

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    1. Hi Veronica! It is truly a fantastic banana cake and many thanks for sharing!

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  11. Wow Phong Hong, this banana sour cream cake looks so beautiful and tempting. Yes, I too, prefer my bakes to be neat and preferably without any essence. Adding essence especially eg banana essence, tastes very 'fake'. Thanks for sharing and warmest regards :)

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    1. Hi Ivy! Thank you for the compliments :) I love banana cakes and I still remember those store bought ones with very strong artificial banana smell. Now I can't eat those anymore, so high class already hah..hah...

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  12. wah! wah! wah!

    Drool.

    I love banana cake.

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  13. Hi Phong Hong, occasionally I would use sour cream, buttermilk or yogurt for my bakes as I find the texture somehow more moist and soft. This Sour Cream Banana Cake of yours really very tempting ... I can imagine the nice butter and banana fragrant ... yum yum !

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    1. Hi Karen! I also love using these three ingredients for baking especially muffins. It makes them fluffier and moist. The cheapest would be yogurt and that is the one I use most often.

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  14. I wonder if I can replace sour cream with yogurt. I have yet to be able to find sour cream in Penang. Not even in Tesco!

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    1. RG, yes you can substitute with yogurt. I have done that before and it works. Maybe sour cream is not so popular in Penang. I buy mine from Tesco. So....baking banana cake? hee..hee...

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  15. You know that I am a banana cake fan and my mum always had to serve me hot and fresh from ovens! I could eat half of the whole cake as a meal. Burp!

    This is the first time I hear Sour Cream!! Yumm! Yumm! Where can I try this?

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    1. Hi TM! I have since discovered the beauty of eating banana cakes warm. So nice! Well, if you want to try sour cream banana cake, I suggest you drop big hints to the Mrs hee..hee...

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  16. your cakes always look so moist! Fantastic!

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  17. My kids love banana cakes.... we were thinking of making banana cakes the other day, but ended using up all the bananas for something else!

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    1. Hi Yen! Yeah I know what you guys did with it hee..hee...

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  18. Hi Phong Hong, I love banana cake too. Just kept some mashed banana inside the freezer few days ago. Going to bake this soon.

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    1. Hi Ann! I have never used frozen bananas because I thought it was weird. The bananas when defrosted are so mushy and yucky. But I have frozen some and will try baking with them to prove that I am wrong!

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  19. Mmmm...gorgeous! Sour cream is an amazing ingredient. I use it in butter cakes and it certainly turns out a great texture.

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    1. Hi Ping! Godo to know you are also a sour cream fan. I love them with baked potatoes topped with bacon. Oh God...I want some bacon now LOL!

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  20. Looks moist and delicious! May I ta pao? :)

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  21. Hi Phong Hong,
    Your banana cake looks so good!
    I can see why your partner still ask for it after polished off his lunch.
    Can I too have a piece for supper now :p
    mui

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    1. Hi mui mui! Yes, please help yourself :)

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  22. Hi Phong Hong,
    Your banana cake looks really moist and soft.
    I like sour cream too, though I seldom use them, and would usually substitute with my homemade yoghurt for baking.
    Lovely cake and I would not mind a piece or two myself!

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    1. Hi Joyce! I do that too by using yogurt and it works just as well.

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  23. Hi Phong Hong, your banana cake look so moist and delightful. I think 2 pieces with a cup of coffee for me, just fine. LOL Me too prefer not to use any artificial essence especially banana essence smell horrible. I only use my homemade vanilla or coffee essence.

    Have a wonderful weekend, regards.

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    1. Amelia, you should share how to make vanilla and coffee essence :)

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  24. I love banana cake so this is just right for me!

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