Magic banana cake

Magic banana cake

As you might be aware we are one of those “weird” families who home school. Having this amazing advantage and being able to bake we always make something new. Our usual baking story begins as always we wanted something sweet and tasty but we didn’t want just an ordinary bake. When baking there is always space for learning and Magic banana cake was a pretty awesome and delicious lesson. Now it has become one of our favourites and we had to share it with you.

Using my chemistry background and the ‘little bit’ of knowledge I gained when studying chemistry we decided to create this Magic banana cake.

Magic banana cake

So, how does it work?

Magic banana cake is based on a simple chemical reaction between sunflower seeds that are acidic and baking soda that is alkaline. Sunflower seeds in Magic banana cake contain chlorogenic acid which reacts with the baking agents when is heated. When cooled down the seeds turn various shades of green and turquoise. Banana on the other hand will oxidize and react to the baking temperatures and turn purple when mashed properly.

The Magic Banana cake is moist and stays fresh for quite a long time if you manage to save any. We eat is on it’s own as its absolutely delicious therefore perfect for packed lunch or a picnic. But also amazing with yoghurt, drizzled chocolate ganache, pistachio ice cream or even elaborately decorated in any cream.

Sorry about the rubbish pictures, as Magic banana cake doesn’t stay around for long. As soon I bake another one it probably will be gone as soon I open the oven.

Magic banana cake

To make it you will need:

  • 200g butter
  • 300g sugar
  • 3 large organic eggs
  • 125 ml milk mixed with 2-3 spoons of lime juice
  • 500g of ripe bananas, well mashed (the best bananas are the ones started to show brown marks)
  • 210g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp of rock salt
  • 2tsp of baking soda
  • 150g sunflower seeds

Magic banana cake

Turn the oven to 155C fan. Prepare two 8″ tins, grease the sides and put baking paper at the bottom.

Cream the butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Add one egg at the time until incorporated well. Then add milk & lime mix and bananas and combine.

In a separate bowl sieve the dry ingredients and mix with sunflower seeds.

Mix it all together and split equally between both tins.

Put it in the oven for 30-35 minutes until golden brown or check with a skewer if cooked. Keep Magic banana cake in the tins for another 5 minutes and then fully cool on a rack.


I really hope you will try this recipe and experience the magic and taste yourself.


Until next time.

Happy baking,

Aggy xxx



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