|183 cals of yumminess|
In a bout of spooky coincidence, we both made banana cakes on the same day although she made both, I only made the Melted Butter Banana Cake. Given that it was a week when I was pretending to diet, I didn't actually try my own cake but that weekend, she bought me a small sample of both of hers to try.
Her taste testers, like mine, had wolfed down the Melted Butter one, but were less enthusiastic about the Dark Banana Ginger Cake. I tried both and had to agree with them. The dark cake was lacking in something but I wasn't quite sure what.
|Queen Abigail, chief banana masher|
At the outset, I figured the 'healthy' bit was why this cake was less successful in my mum's taste test than the buttery one. But I have a feeling she possibly tampered with the recipe. Unlike her own mother, my mother doesn't like ginger. My grandma adored the stuff. For me, it's one of those things that I suddenly started liking when just after my grandma passed away. It was really spooky. I'd never liked smoked salmon or ginger before then. And yet around that sad time, I became addicted to those things.
So I think mum omitted the ginger and this recipe absolutely needs it. I bet if I ask her she'll probably deny it and say she stuck religiously to the recipe. Maybe she did, but I don't remember chunks of ginger in the sponge. Plus I cheated and modified the recipe a little myself, adding a teaspoon of ground ginger and a half teaspoon of salt to the batter to bring out the flavour. And I used stem ginger rather than glace ginger so I poured in the last spoonful of ginger syrup for good measure (the rest having been used in the triple ginger butterflies from Saturday afternoon).
|Lots of cake!|
Anyhow, he declared this to be the best banana cake he's ever eaten and that he wants to eat it every day forever. High praise indeed. And it comes in at just 183 cals per piece - made in a 20cm square tin and cut into 16 pieces.
Verdict from work colleagues to follow tomorrow.
The original recipe can be found here (it's the second one down)