Friday, October 25, 2013


What do you do with over ripe bananas - you bake a cake!  I have made my share of  Banana breads,  Banana muffins,  Banana cookies,Banana Chips and I've even made Banana Jam!   Today I  am baking a more 'dressed up ' Banana Cake that I found online and want to share with you.
Seedy Banana Oatmeal Cake
A beautiful cake with a bit of citrus, cinnamon and crunch.
The ingredients you will need.
 In the bowl to the right is the seedy topping all mixed together -  oatmeal,
 brown sugar, butter, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds,
sprinkled with some cinnamon and lemon rind.
Oatmeal for the cake batter.

The butter and brown  sugar ready to be creamed
Prepared pan, with parchment paper buttered and waiting for the batter..
 Perfect with a cup of tea and perhaps family or friends to share.
Seedy Banana Oatmeal Cake Recipe

Serves 8 to 10

4 oz (8 T) butter,  room temperature
3/4 C brown sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
2 large very ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp. vanilla
zest of 1/2 lemon
3/4 Cup flour
1 1/4 Cups  oatmeal
heaping 1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda


3/4 Cup  oatmeal
1/3 Cup brown sugar
zest of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. flour
1/3 Cup finely chopped nuts or seeds
2 oz (4 Tbsp.) butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare a 9” spring form cake pan with butter and parchment.

Whisk together dry ingredients for the topping.
 Add melted butter and stir with a fork until crumbly. Set aside.

Whisk together flour, salt, baking soda and oats.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Add eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition.
Scrape down the bowl and add mashed banana and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.
Stir in dry ingredients until just combined. Pour into prepared pan and smooth out evenly.

Sprinkle topping over cake batter and press down gently.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out moist but clean. Cool completely on a wire rack. Run a thin knife around the edge of the cake and remove cake pan ring.
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