Tuesdays with Dorie: Lots-of-Ways Banana Cake

July 20, 2010 at 1:01 am | Posted in cakes & tortes, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 29 Comments

lots of ways banana cake

I think about the two years we spent in Australia everyday, sometimes for bizarre reasons.  For example, when I looked at the recipe for this week’s TWD pick, the first thing that popped into my mind was that when we first moved to Sydney, the country was just beginning to recover from a banana shortage.  I let my little trip down memory lane steer me in a particular direction while making this cake…it is called “Lots of Ways Banana Cake” afterall, so I didn’t really feel like I was overstepping any bounds by adding macadamias, wattleseed and chocolate to the bananas and coconut already in the mix.

While I could have chosen to go the layered and frosted route with this cake, that wasn’t what I was in the mood for.  I just wanted an unfussy snack cake, so I baked half a recipe in an 8″ square pan and left it at that.  (It only took 25 minutes to bake, instead of the 45 I was expecting.)  It was delicious– soft, and full of things that taste great together!

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, or read Kimberly’s post on Only Creative Opportunities.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. I love a good banana loaf/cake without the frosting 🙂

  2. Looks great!

  3. Lovely picture! I really like the good, unfussy banana cakes/loaves/breads, like the one you have made.

    I remember the banana shortage! Cafes were charging extra if you wanted bananas on your pancakes, and they were retailing for $12/kg!! Crazy times.

    xox Sarah

  4. Wattleseed? Hm-m-m. Something like flax seed maybe? I like your cake and the simple route your chose. Think I would have liked it better that way myself.

    • wattleseed is from australia, and has kind of a chocolate/coffee flavor to it. it’s usually used ground, and more like a spice than a whole seed.

  5. I have never heard of wattleseed but it sounds wonderful! This was my farewell post with TWD after almost two years of baking along. Hope you’ll stop by and say goodbye!

  6. Can’t beat banana and chocolate! Your addition of wattleseed is interesting, I’ve never heard of that before. You learn something new everyday. 🙂

  7. Your cake looks wonderful! Thanks for baking with me this week!

  8. Simple, classic, and beautiful. This would be perfect for late-night noshing.

  9. I was feeling like a snack cake too (with chocolate chips). Would love the chance to live in Australia- bet it was amazing

  10. Sometimes, simple is best. With all of your delicious additions, your cake sounds absolutely perfect on its own.

  11. nice pic! it looks like being caught red handed slicing off large chunks of cake – just like at my place.

  12. What a great route to take baking this cake. Love your add-in ingredients . . . except I have never heard of wattleseed. I will be Googling shortly to find out what they look like =). Great photo!

  13. Okay Stephane, once again …. broadening our horizons, going to google whattleseeds, maybe like a little nut? Finding out. Yep, a sort of ‘nana brownie. I love chocolate chips with ‘nana stuff. Well, just love chocolate. Nicely done and thank you for showing us a simple snack cake.

  14. Yum…it just looks so tempting.

  15. A banana shortage…omigosh, my family would starve!

  16. Snack cakes are always a winner. I like the addition of macadamias.

  17. Simple is good. I’ve heard of wattleseeds before, although I’ve never tasted them. Did you bring them with you from Australia, or do you have a supply source?

    • I brought them from Australia, although I think amazon has a couple sellers.

  18. This unfussy cake looks perfect to me 🙂

  19. It looks perfect–I’d be cutting another piece every time I walked by! Love the addition of macadamia and wattleseed. I have some and am never sure what to use them in other than pavlovas.

  20. Funny, when I looked at this recipe I thought about the rum cake I ate in the Caribbean so I added that to mine! Your version sounds amazing. Wattleseed sounds gorgeous.

  21. Your cake looks amazing! It really does look like the perfect snack cake!

  22. A banana shortage would have a serious impact on my daily food intake. I love that you added wattleseed. I have been meaning to buy some to experiment with, but have yet to get around to it.

  23. Snack cake is wonderful idea. Made mini bundts but next time maybe a snack cake. I loved it plain and with powdered sugar.

  24. I thought simple was the way to go on this one, yours looks perfect. I’m so curious about wattleseeds now!

  25. Your way looks like a good way…very inviting. I knew if I didn’t slather some frosting on it, guys here would not eat it, so I went that way.

  26. I’ve never heard of wattleseed but the flavor profile sounds interesting. I’ll have to look into where I can purchase it in the US. Thanks for sharing something new (to me at least) 🙂

  27. Wattleseed, huh? And this is why I love food blogs – otherwise, I would never have known that wattleseed existed.

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