Monday, July 23, 2007

SHF # 33: Tropical Paradise and my Caribbean Banana Cake

Mary of Alpineberry is hosting the 33rd round of Sugar High Friday and she has chosen Tropical Paradise as the theme. And voila - I've got a delicious cake recipe I made earlier this year that I've wanted to blog about. I haven't been to the tropics myself (yet), so I don't have a first hand knowledge about the true nature of the tropical paradise, or what would the typical dishes be. But bananas are definitely tropical, and the Finnish recipe I used as a basis for my cake was called Caribbean Banana Cake, so that will have to do.

We loved it. The mixture is not so different from my moist rhubarb muffins, so I bet this recipe would work well as Caribbean banana & ginger muffins, too :)

Caribbean Banana & Ginger Cake
(Kariibi banaanikook)
Adapted from Pirkka 5/2004
Serves 12

3 over-ripe bananas
2 Tbsp lemon juice
200 grams sour cream or yogurt
300 ml sugar
3 eggs
400 ml plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
2 Tbsp Buderim candied ginger nibbles (optional)

Peel bananas and mash bananas with a fork, sprinkle with lemon juice and put aside.
Whisk eggs with sugar until pale and frothy.
Stir in sour cream.
Mix dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger) and fold into the egg mixture together with the banana mush. Stir in candied ginger.
Pour the mixture into a prepared 1.8 litre bundt form and bake at 175 C for about an hour. Test for doneness with a toothpick - it should come out clean and dry.
Cake the tin out of the oven, let it cool for 5-10 minutes, then turn out the cake and cool it completely on a metal rack.
To serve, cut into slices.

Here's a close-up of a slice, where you can see tiny fierce candied ginger pieces:

UPDATE 3.8.2007: Click here for Alpineberry's round-up.

My previous SHF contributions:
# 15 Sugar LOW Friday: Parsnip & Ginger Cake (January 2006)
# 19 Ginger: Chocolate & Ginger Tartlets (May 2006)
# 22 Can You Can? Fake Cloudberry Jam (or gooseberry & carrot jam, if you prefer)(August 2006)
# 24 Little bites of delight: Pierre Herme's chocolate dipped mint leaves, candied orange peel dipped in dark chocolate, chocolate disks infused with chilli syrup and covered with candied red chillies, cranberry and almond macarons (October 2006)
# 25 Truffles: Dark Chocolate & Matcha Truffles (November 2006)

Two years ago I shared a recipe for salmon with a creamy orange and rosemary sauce - a delicious dish, but the post is definitely in need of a new and proper photo!!!


Meeta K. Wolff said...

Yummy! This does sound incredibly moist. Perfect for a tea time snack.

BTW: did you get my little envelop I sent to you with the pics?

Anonymous said...

Oh Pille this sounds marvellous! I love banana bread/cake but with the additions of all those spices and candied ginger...I can just imagine how good this must be! YUM! :) Very tropical :) Hope you get to visit the tropics soon!

Heidi said...

Oi Pille, this cake is pretty!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Pille, I'm tagging this recipe, if you don't mind - what a delicious way of making banana cake!

Anonymous said...

pille ti kaneis
been a long time anyway i love banana bread shame am too busy this SHF event would havebeen just perfect for me i grew up in the tropics... i will email u at some point my banana cake recipe you can try. hope you are well

Peabody said...

Mmmm, now that's a bundt cake!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I'm bookmarking this recipe, and will definitely try it as muffins. Yum!

Deborah said...

This definitely sounds like a tropical treat! It looks so delicious and moist!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Well, I've been to the tropics and I can tell you this would absolutely be tropical! Looks wonderfully moist and rich.

K and S said...

very tropical indeed!

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe! I will try it as soon as I get an oven!! hehe... I can almost imagine the warmth and heavy scent of this cake baking in the morning :) yuuuummmmmmmmmm.....

mycookinghut said...

Looks tasty! Am gonna give it a try!

Alpineberry Mary said...

I love the addition of the candied ginger! Very tropical indeed.