Monday, May 24, 2010

Steamed Banana Cake

I wonder if it's the same for you, always wondering what to do with that bunch of ripe bananas hanging in your house? Well, come 1st or 15th of the Lunar month, my FIL will always bring back a BIG bunch of already fully ripped bananas (along with other fruits) from the temple. There is of course nothing wrong with just eating it on it's own, but it can get a bit boring sometimes. And using it for baking is just a no brainer. So I am constantly looking for banana recipes, really! This time I happened to come across a fellow blogger Quizzine's post which she got this Steam Banana cake from Baker Lee. This recipe is simple and delicious...definitely worth the try, trust me. :)
Once you bite into a slice, you realize some wonderful this cake is; very soft and fluffy....almost like eating "banana cloud", like my daughter said, lol! Furthermore, it is really easy to whip up and no ovens required! A keeper I must say. :) And I am really into steam cake recipe now since it does yield a much more moist cake verses a baked one. :)
Can't wait to try this out? Check out the short list of ingredients required! Anyway, here is my slightly modified version, enjoy!

Ingredients for Steamed Banana Cake:
2 eggs
100g brown sugar (original uses white sugar)
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
150g self rising flour
1/8 tsp baking soda
75g vegetable oil

  • In a a large mixing bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar till it reaches ribbon stage and more then doubled its volume.
  • Add the mashed bananas and gently stir in till combined.
  • Sift in the flour and baking soda into the egg mixture and continue to beat at low speed till everything is incorporated.
  • Lastly, add in the vegetable oil and stir gently again till it all comes together and careful not to over mix and deflate the bubbles.
  • Prepare a steamer with boiling water and greased a 8" round cake pan and line with parchment paper.
  • Pour batter into the prepared cake pan and steam at medium high fire for 20 minutes or till the tester comes out clean or with moist crumbs.
Even if you are not really one that bakes often, this cake shouldn't give you any problems. :) Both my in-laws and my parents liked this cake...a delectable treat during tea time. :)
I have actually made this cake twice already and both very successful and delicious...pretty fool proof. Noticed that I made a much taller cake the 2nd round...because I doubled the recipe, lol! Perhaps the next time I can reduce the sugar and sledder it with some cream cheese frosting, now that would be an even more rich treat!. ;) All thanks to Baker Lee and Quizzine for this try it out yourself. Have fun!


wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... said...

My friend is looking for steamed cakes, I forward this recipe to her.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Ya, I also start to fall in love with steam cake, moist and soft, immediately bookmark this recipe and will try this out soon. Thanks for sharing.

Sweet Tooth said...

I like this cake because it is soft and cake like. Nowadays when I visit the bakery, most of the "cake" are topped with thick layers of mousse or cream. And only a thick layer of real cake at the bottom.
This is a keeper.
I think I am going to toast it to kick it up another notch.

ReeseKitchen said...

Wow, special huh! Never try steamed one, is the texture light and fluffy or sticky type? Will try this, thanks for sharing ya..;)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

No problem Sonia, glad that you have the same taste as me, lol! I am sure you and your family will enjoy this. ;) Happy steaming!

Thanks so much Sweet Tooth. ;) I have the same sentiments about some bakery coating their cakes with too much creme. I am so happy that you like this cake...will make more yummy ones (with toasty sides) for you.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Dear Reese,

This is a soft and fluffy cake, not sticky at all. It is also not chewy, almost can melt in your mouth, hahaha! Do try, I know you will like it.

Anncoo said...

Looks so soft and moist too! How about we exchange some?

Malar Gandhi said...

Steamed cake, now I love it more than better...luks awesome, wanna try this for sure.

MaryMoh said...

I love banana cake but have never tried it steamed. This looks very moist and delicious....mmm

Jess @ Bakericious said...

i nvr make steam cake b4, shd try it.

Beachlover's Kitchen said...

at first glance I thought it's kueh nge gor!! haha!! but it's texture look better than kueh nge gor!! never try steam banana cake b4...I bet it's must taste good!!

tigerfish said...

I like the idea of steaming the banana cake. :D

Kitchen Corner said...

Hi Bee,
Your steam cake looks airy soft! You've been trying out lots of steam recipes! Good one!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi Anncoo,
Sure can! Where you stay? I'll pack some up now for you, heehee. :D

Welcome Malar Gandhi! Thanks...glad you like this steam cake. Do try it out and let me know how you like the taste. ;)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi MaryMoh,
You should definitely give this steam cake a go! Steaming a cake yields a much more moist texture for sure. ;)

Hi Jess@Bakericious,
Highly recommended...try it out and let me know.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi Beachlover's Kitchen,
Actually I saw your post on Kueh Nee Goh. It "fatt" very nicely! Oh yeah, this is just a simple steam banana cake, not Kueh Nee Goh. :) Try it out!

Thanks tigerfish! ;)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Grace! Indeed I have been trying more steam recipes, hahaha. Well you know all I have is my MIL's halogen oven, so have to think of other ways of making a cake. :P

Angie's Recipes said...

Steamed banana cake is so much healthier. I must try it!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Angie for dropping by. :) Do try this out and let me know how you like it. :)

Jay said...

Hy ,
First time here...very sweet space you have...glad to follow u.
Banana cake sounds healthy n delicious...needless to mention d awesome click.
You are most welcome to my space.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi Jay! Welcome to my blog. ;) Wow, I like your blog I know where to get my fave Indian curry recipe from, heehee. Thanks for coming and hope you will drop by again soon. ;)

Hearty Bakes said...

Looks very soft and moist. Thanks for sharing~

Xiao Yen Recipes said...

It sure looks moist and fluffy. I love how simple this recipe is. Definitely a must try for me. I love baking when it's easy and quick :)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Heart Bakes! Welcome to my blog. ;) Hope to see you around again.

Thanks Xiao Yen! Welcome to my blog! This is indeed a very simple recipe to make, so do try it and let me know how you like this. ;) Enjoy!

mmmyen said...


if using plain flour , how much baking powder i need to add


Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi mmmyen, try adding 1/2 tsp of baking powder if using plain flour. Good luck!