Saturday, August 8, 2009

Happy Birthday, Singapore!

Let's roll out the red and white, cos we're having a party! Singapore turns 44 years old tomorrow :) I made this Banana Cake for the long National Day weekend. But not just any Banana Cake ... this one was made using Pisang Raja (King of Bananas), famed for it delectable golden, sweet flesh.



A simple ribbon and a dusting of icing sugar. Voila! Banana Cake gets glammed up :)

This is by far, the best Banana Cake I have ever made. The Pisang Raja was so sweet and aromatic, the entire cake smelled and tasted like magic. It was moist and light, and kept its softness, thanks to the use of canola oil instead of butter. Oh, heaven! Finally, I say with confidence, "I can bake a Banana Cake to save my life." LOL.



Recipe
- 90g oil (I used a canola-olive oil blend)
- 90g castor sugar (which I reduced to 75 because the Pisang Raja were incredibly sweet)
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 125g cake flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3 bananas, mashed with a fork
- 25g evaporated milk or regular milk
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (I used only 2 drops this because I wanted the true flavour of bananas to stand out)

1. Beat egg and sugar till light and creamy.

2. Add milk, mashed bananas, oil and vanilla essence and combine.

3. In a separate bowl, sift cake flour, baking powder and baking soda, and give a quick whisk. Fold in flours into the wet ingredients until no traces of flour remain. Do not over-mix. Stop the moment everything is incorporated.

5. Pour into a lined 6-inch round tray.

6. Bake at 175 degree celsius for about 50mins, or until cooked. I tented my cake with foil to prevent the top from burning.



On a more serious note, I only have one simple wish for my beloved country, and that is, for the people to be happy.

So often, in our pursuit of happiness, we lose sight of the raison d'être. The rat race consumes us while the prize eludes. We keep wanting more. Goal posts keep shifting. When will it ever end?

The means to an end should be an end in itself.

May Singaporeans find happiness as we grow from strength to strength. Majullah Singapura!

31 comments:

  1. That looks gorgeous :) Each time I have a banana cake craving, the bananas in the kitchen get eaten up almost immediately, it's ridiculous! Now that I'm tempted by your photos, I should get me some bananas, and hide them in the fridge so that they'll ripen faster for me to bake :P

    And happy birthday to us all!

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  2. that cake looks delicious and its oh so pretty in the presentation!!

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  3. This cake looks absolutely gorgeous! Happy birthday Singapore!

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  4. OMG, you've outdone yourself. So pretty!!!

    Ninette

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  5. Wish you a wonderful weekend of celebrations! I can't tell you how much I love bananas. My favorite dessert would be a simple banana sliced into a cup of plain yogurt. We get an amazing variety of bananas in India, as you do. All same, just different names :) I wish I knew what we call this one.

    But this cake is so awesome. Extremely tempting! Yum yum yum, drool.

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  6. It's beautiful! We've made banana bread many times, but never in a "cake" form. Gorgeous shot too.

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  7. oh so pretty! great presentation. i always make banana bread (not cake though) because my mum loves the moistness of the bread. ;))

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  8. that's a very pretty banana cake

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  9. Beautiful! THe little ribbon adds such a huge effect! The cake looks extremely light and moist.

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  10. How you line the baking tin to give the cake such a nice wrap around?

    Amazing...good shot too!

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  11. The wrapping is precious. What a delightful present this would make!

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  12. Singapore is so young :) And what a lovely way to celebrate the big 4-4!!! This banana cake looks moist and delicious, and I love the way you've decorated it, very classy!

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  13. You have an absolutely beautiful blog!! I am anxious to come back often!

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  14. hi hi! your banana cake looks good! like you, i am also a teochew. can you tel me what is pisang rajah known as in teochew? been wanting to know cos i heard that this type of bananas wil give a speckled look on your cake. thanks alot!

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  15. Your cake looks special & very inviting!!

    Yummie!

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  16. Gorgeous banana cake! So moist!

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  17. Your cake looks awesome! I must try your version one day. ;)

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  18. Questa torta è una vera delizia, complimenti.
    Ciao Daniela.

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  19. OMG, and I thought banana cakes were boring, but yours look...so freaking gorgeous!That's a perfect slice, with the perfect amount of darkness and moistness there! Wow!
    And happy National day! I remember attending the National Parade rehearsal once. I still can sing the national song! :D

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  20. omg how gorgeous. So inspired to bake a cake after seeing yours. Luv your red-and-white themed styling as well.

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  21. wow truely a cake with lots of heart on it! just fantastic by just looking at it~

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  22. what a gorgeous cake & great presentation. pisang raja is the best for frying & baking. must be delicious!

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  23. By the way, your photo on foodgawker just stands out from the crowd. Beautiful!!

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  24. Thank you EVERYONE who left a comment. Your generous compliments are the icing on the cake, literally! Cheers :)

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  25. I tried this today. It was AWESOME! Thanks a billion for your kind generosity in sharing your recipes. God Bless!

    -sue

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  26. This looks like the perfect banana cake. Well done!

    Thanks for sharing. I'm definitely going to try this recipe this weekend :)

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  27. I was searching for a good banana cake recipe for quite a while and found it here. I baked this cake 3 times over the weekend and loved it. Another thing I love is the size of the cake, its so small and cute.

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  28. Thanks so much for this recipe. It's so easy to make and tastes great. Not too heavy yet not compromising on flavour/sweetness either. I'd make it over and over ^^

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  29. Thank you for this recipe. I have baked this banana cake 3 times and have been very happy with the results! I will definitely keep this recipe ^_^

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