Banana cake is popular in Singapore and Malaysia. During my childhood days, I remembered my mom baking one of the most moist banana cakes I have ever tasted. Since then, the recipe has been revised so that it does not end up being too rich or sweet. I always eat this without any guilt because of the lesser content of sugar and butter.
Overripe bananas are best made into desserts such as banana balls or cekodok (also known as fried banana balls). A banana which is not ripe has more complex carbohydrates. However, as it ripens, the starch in the banana turns into simple sugars. Sometimes, I will use bananas where the skins are almost black as this indicates that they are very much sweeter. If such overripe bananas are used, lessen the amount of sugar.
As this banana cake is so easy to make and delicious, I baked it so often. Most of my colleagues who tasted it had requested for the recipe. However, it may seemed too plain to some. Hence, whenever I baked this cake for a party or gathering, it will always be topped with some cream cheese frosting and sprinkled with caramelized chopped walnuts. The cream cheese frosting goes so well with it and does not overpower the taste of the bananas in the cake.
In countries like Australia, the banana cake which I am accustomed to is known as banana bread and is found in almost every cafe and bakery. I have seen them served with whipped cream, toasted walnuts and even ice cream. Otherwise, spread some salted butter on it like how the Aussies do.
Healthy Banana Cake is also known as: Banana Bread (Less Sugar and Butter)
Mix room temperature butter and sugar until butter turns pale. Add eggs to mixture and beat until smooth. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into the mixture. Then, add mashed bananas and mix well.
Ensure that batter is mixed thoroughly. Pour batter into pan (27 x 14 x 7cm) which had been greased with butter. Lightly hit pan on the table top.
Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celcius and bake for 45 minutes (usually takes about 40-50 minutes). Poke a clean knife or skewer into cake to test if it is ready. If it comes out clean, it indicates cake is ready.