Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Banana Cake

I could be wrong, but as far as I know, Singaporeans are fairly unique when it comes to eating cake for breakfast. To wit, give a Singaporean family a cake (as in the buttery kind, iced or not) and someone will invariably say, "Oh, good, can eat for breakfast." Such is the case for banana cake in my family. Banana cake is one of those comfort foods from our childhood years that we never seem to tire of. Almost every fortnight, I make a huge batch of banana cake and distribute it to my family members and friends. It's a hot favourite that never seems to go out of favour (even among snobs like me who are particularly partial to French-style cakes with all that whipped cream, chocolate ganache and something-or-other mousse). Something about the sweet scent of bananas as the cakes bake in the oven makes me feel like a child in my mother's kitchen all over again. And in that same vein, I often find myself opening the oven door slightly while they bake to watch those magnolia peaks rise and turn gold. I chanced upon a particularly fabulous recipe for Banana Cakes at Chubby Hubby that turned out soft, fluffy and rich all at the same time. I found it a little too sweet for my taste the first time around and the next time I made it, used slightly less sugar. The result was simply perfect.


Blogger shaz said...

you're rite bout singaporeans and cake for brekkie. pretty perculiar! haha :)

7:29 pm  
Blogger sailu said...

First time commenting here.You have some great pictures here.

3:10 pm  
Anonymous paz said...

This does look perfectly delicious! I'd have it for breakfast. Gotta go look at the recipe!


3:52 pm  
Blogger cass said...

looks yummy! would try that recipe too! one question... ur muffin cups are gorgeous! where did you buy them from?

4:47 pm  
Blogger Eggy said...

Hi everyone, as always lovely to see you again :-)
Sailu, thank you for the compliment. It's much appreciated. Cass, the muffin cups are from Ghim Hin at Blk 10 Haig Road. You can try Phoon Huat too. They might have them there.

10:30 pm  
Anonymous S said...

Hiya, glad that the recipe turned out well for you! Did you get a sniff of the Earl Grey Blue candle too???

11:12 pm  
Blogger cass said...

hey, thanks! i will search out those muffin cups!

5:54 pm  
Blogger Eggy said...

Hey S, surreal (in a nice way) to see you here too! No, didn't get a whiff of that candle. Though as easily swayed as I am, that may well have been a good thing. I might have had to go out and buy it too.

11:09 pm  
Blogger Chubby Hubby said...

hola, just wrote about your blog in my latest post ;-)

nice to see friends in the blogosphere.

11:33 am  
Blogger Valisa said...

haha not just singaporean, malaysia too. My mom even used to allow us to have devil's food cake for brekkie ;-) and the kuih-muih hahahaha

8:16 pm  
Anonymous fiordizucca goes english said...

great picture and delicious!! i love banana cakes! :)

6:03 am  
Blogger pj said...

hi! got to your blog from chubby hubby (I regularly read, but I'm far too bashful to comment). I really enjoy reading food blogs from this part of the world (that is, SEAsia).
This post surprised me: I thought only Filipinos thought of cake as breakfast food! must try the banana cake myself. Where do you get your portion cups in Singapore? Can't seem to find any in the Philippines.

11:27 am  
Blogger Eggy said...

Turns out I'm wrong after all. So cake for breakfast isn't just a Singaporean thing—let's call it a SE Asian thing then, shall we? :-)

Pj, by portion cups you mean measuring cups, right? They are sold in supermarkets everywhere in Singapore. Hoarder that I am, I now own three different sets!

8:45 pm  
Blogger ooishigal said...

what a beautiful blog!
Your pictures are gorgeous :-)

11:02 pm  
Anonymous joey said...

Found your blog through Chubby Hubby...your pictures are great! I love banana bread AND breakfast and you have now given me the perfect excuse to combine both :)

BTW, thanks for linking me! :)

12:48 am  
Blogger J said...

hello! i've had the good fortune of tasting s's wonderful banana cake before, so i can only imagine these must taste as fantastic as they look. btw, that slice of delicious butter cake has w laying on the guilt trip about how i don't make "real cake" - as he calls it - quite often enough ;) how did the polenta turn out?

3:44 pm  
Anonymous Elaine said...

I love your site, and the photographs are so so beautiful! I just linked to your site from mine today. I love how the cakes look in the mini paper cups. I want to make something in those cups right away. Thanks for all the inspiration!

1:10 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was just posting a comment on Chubby Hubby and then saw your post. Banana cake is one of those local desserts that we grow up with and mostly enjoy, yet would be hard-pressed to find really great versions of. If you're ever around the Bugis Village area, in the newly-renovated "street-market" opposite Bugis Junction, there's a little snack stall just beside the very-visible steamed-bun sellers by the bus-stop called PanCrisps, that sells these addictive cubes of luscious banana cake. Trust me when I say that nowadays I'd go for these over my usual rich fudgy decadent alternatives anytime! The few times I ate it, they were perfectly balanced between fluffy and moist, with a hint of malt or caramel that's in no way heavy or artifical, and the best part about our local banana cakes is largely to do with the almost-wet "bite" when you sink your teeth into them. I never paid extra attention to banana cakes before, cos they're so ubiquitous in our daily lives and any slice from anywhere was, up til now, pretty much enjoyable and indistinguishable from each other. I suppose I have them to blame for drawing my already-obsessive attentions to ANOTHER food item. Sigh. Doesn't help that they cost $1 per cute cubic slice and I ended up buying an entire 8-piece cake home the last time i popped by.

1:24 pm  

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