Recipe: MacGyvering a Banana Cake


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I had a bunch of overripe bananas that tasted a bit flavourless and not sweet enough for raw consumption.



So to get rid of them, I decided to make banana cakes šŸ˜€

Most people think of banana BREAD, but I’ve never liked how dry it is.

I prefer moist, gooey, miiiam miiiam sorts of cakes.

I had a couple of recipes, but they called for yoghurt, sour cream or more butter — none of which I had in my home.

Hence, the MacGyvering.


Original shot of the star cake:

Please, no flash photography.



With my notes in red

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter — I had 1/4 cup of butter (literally), so I substituted in some oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed — I put in 5. They were kind of small.
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk — Didn’t have butter milk, so I just used 2% milk.
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts — Omitted completely. I love walnuts, but we don’t stock ’em.

Note regarding usage of vegetable oil to make up the difference for butter:

This was totally experimental.

I figured it couldn’t turn out SO BAD that I’d have to toss it without forcing it down my gullet.

Chowhounds said the following about using oil instead of butter…..

No, it doesn’t work well, in general. They’re a different percent fat; butter being part water. It affects the texture with one being solid and having different properties.

Depends what kind of cake. Often the butter and sugar are beaten together to incorporate air, thus making the cake lighter. This cannot be done with oil. A loaf style cake will often use oil.

I have done this sucessfully when the amount was small – less than a half a cup. I just melted that butter and used an equal amount to the oil. I can’t say how it would work in something that called for a larger amount. Most of my recipes call for butter anyway.

Since it was a loaf style cake, and less than half a cup, I figured I’d give it a shot.

If it didn’t work out, I’d just redo it again in the future, this time with the right amount of butter.

Also, I chose veggie oil because it doesn’t have a strong flavour like olive or sesame oil.

Yummy batter shot below:



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Grease and flour 2 – 8 inch round pans.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, cream butter (+ oil in my case), white sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  6. Mix in the bananas.
  7. Add flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk to the creamed mixture.
  8. Stir in chopped walnuts.
  9. Pour batter into the prepared pans.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven, and place on a damp tea towel to cool.

Nutritional Info

Calories: 346 | Total Fat: 12.2g | Cholesterol: 56mg

But what the heck is a serving? Like one loaf? šŸ˜›




(The shot of the cutest looking cake of the 2)


And shot of the super moist inside.


BF’s Verdict: YUM!

He ate one whole loaf in one sitting, with one glass of milk.

Couldn’t stop slicing off another piece.

Then another.

Then another.

And it was all gone.

I stood there grinning with happiness, mentally patting myself on the back.

Second cake ever baked in my life.. ACCOMPLISHED! *punches fist in the air*

As a funny side story…

Took me an HOUR to bake those cakes and it said 30 minutes!!

I was there, freaking out:

“Why isn’t it baked.. why isn’t it baked?

OMG should I just eat the raw batter pudding?


2 whole raw loaves?

And never tell BF what happened this afternoon??

But what if he smells the banana cake when he gets home?

He’ll want to know what’s up with the smell of baking banana cake….

And where all the bananas are.

And why I’m holding my stomach groaning….



35 minutes above and beyond the 30 minutes, baked perfectly. šŸ™‚

I told BF the story sheepishly and here’s what I learned:

Turns out, my oven is wonky and I should turn it up by 20-30 degrees above what the recipe calls for.


About the Author

Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver. I cleared $60,000 in 18 months earning $65,000 gross/year. Now I am self-employed, and you can read more about my story here, or visit my other blog: The Everyday Minimalist.