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Dry Banana Cake Recipe

Dry Banana Cake: A delightful recipe

Servings: 8 slices

A slice of dry banana cake is like a whispered promise of a warm, comforting embrace. Moistened by ripe bananas, kissed with a hint of nutmeg, and adorned with toasty pecans, this cake is a symphony of subtle sweetness and subtle spice. Each bite invites you on a nostalgia-laden journey, reminiscent of cozy afternoons and whispered secrets. Its delicate crumb, with a gentle whisper of caramelized banana, is a testament to simple elegance, making it a timeless delight for any occasion. Here is a perfect guide that will walk you through the basic and easy recipe of the cake with all the tips and tricks to make you perfect.


2 cups dried banana chips (unsweetened)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs(optional)
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans, optional)
Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

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Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and line a 9-inch (23 cm) round cake pan with parchment paper, ensuring that some paper overhangs the edges for easy removal.

Prepare Banana Chips: Place the dried banana chips in a food processor and pulse until they turn into fine crumbs. This will be the base for your unique dry banana cake.

Combine Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the banana chip crumbs, all-purpose flour, almond flour, desiccated coconut, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, and salt. Mix everything together until well combined.

Incorporate Wet Ingredients: Add the softened butter, eggs, Greek yogurt, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients. Mix until you have a smooth batter. If desired, fold in the chopped nuts for extra texture and flavor.

Pour into Cake Pan: Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan and spread it evenly.

Bake: Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, and the cake is golden brown.

Cool: Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Then, using the overhanging parchment paper, carefully lift the cake out of the pan and place it on a wire rack to cool completely.

Optional Dusting: Once the cake has cooled, you can dust the top with powdered sugar for a touch of sweetness and an attractive finish.

Slice and Serve: Slice your unique dry banana cake into wedges and serve. It pairs wonderfully with a cup of tea or coffee.

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Variations: Get creative with your dry banana cake by adding chocolate chips, dried fruit, or spices like nutmeg or cardamom to the batter for unique flavor combinations.

Storage: Store any leftover cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-4 days. You can also freeze individual slices for longer storage.

Texture: The cake will have a unique, slightly crunchy texture due to the banana chip base. It’s both rustic and delicious.

dry banana cake

Tricks of making perfect cake:
  1. Choose the Right Bananas: Start with ripe bananas. Overripe bananas, with brown spots and a strong aroma, are perfect. They’re sweeter and provide more moisture, enhancing the cake’s flavor and texture.
  2. Prep Your Bananas: Mash the bananas well. You can use a fork or a food processor for an ultra-smooth consistency. Add a touch of lemon juice to the mashed bananas to enhance the natural banana flavor.
  3. Toasted Nuts: For an extra layer of flavor and crunch, toast the nuts (usually walnuts or pecans) before adding them to the batter. Toasting enhances their nuttiness, giving your cake a unique edge.
  4. Sour Cream or Yogurt: Replace some of the butter or oil with sour cream or Greek yogurt. This not only adds a pleasant tang but also makes the cake moist and tender.
  5. Use Whole Wheat Flour: Incorporating whole wheat flour, in addition to all-purpose flour, lends a nutty, wholesome flavor and boosts the cake’s nutritional value.
  6. Add a Surprise Filling: To make your dry banana cake stand out, consider adding a surprise filling. Think of chocolate chips, caramel swirls, or even a layer of cream cheese in the center.
  7. Layered Frosting: For a unique twist, consider a layered frosting. Use two different frosting flavors or colors to create a visually appealing cake. Combinations like cream cheese and chocolate or vanilla and berry can be delightful.
  8. Spices and Flavorings: Experiment with unique spices and flavorings to enhance the banana taste. Nutmeg, cardamom, or a hint of espresso powder can add depth to the flavor.
  9. Homemade Banana Chips: Garnish your cake with homemade banana chips. Thinly slice ripe bananas, sprinkle them with sugar and bake them until they turn crispy. They make a beautiful and tasty decoration.
  10. Caramelized Banana Topping: Caramelize banana slices in a pan with a bit of butter and brown sugar. These can be used as a topping, adding an irresistible richness.
  11. Brush with Rum or Bourbon: After baking, you can brush the cake layers with a bit of rum or bourbon. This adds a unique boozy flavor and keeps the cake moist.
  12. Citrus Zest: Grate the zest of an orange or a lemon into the batter. The citrus zing pairs wonderfully with the banana’s sweetness.
  13. Proper Layering: When layering the cake, spread a thin layer of frosting on the cake layers and allow it to set in the refrigerator before adding the next layer. This makes the cake more stable and less likely to slide.
  14. Chill the Cake: After frosting the cake, chill it for a few hours. This helps the frosting set and allows the flavors to meld together for a superior taste.
  15. Custom Decorations: Create custom decorations using edible flowers, fondant, or marzipan. Personalized decorations can give your banana cake a unique and memorable appearance.
  16. Serve with a Twist: Accompany your banana cake with unique sides like a scoop of homemade banana ice cream, a drizzle of honey, or a sprinkle of sea salt for contrast.

dry banana cake

By incorporating these creative tricks and techniques, you can elevate a classic dry banana cake into a unique and delightful dessert that will leave your guests asking for more. Don’t be afraid to experiment and make the recipe your own, tailoring it to your preferences and the occasion. Enjoy your baking journey!

This unique dry banana cake is a delightful twist on traditional banana bread or cake recipes. It’s perfect for when you have dried banana chips on hand or want a cake with a distinct crunch and banana flavor. Enjoy your homemade creations, a tasty snack or dessert.

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