Going bananas

When I was a kid, we had no TV at home. Nobody had. My grand-parents bought one at the time of the first moon landing. First they got a TV. Then a man walked on the moon. He was the first man on the moon. I started dreaming to travel to the moon. All other kids did too. At the same time, at least as fascinating and much more fun, Henri Salvador sang Juanita Banana. I cannot remember how often the show was broadcasted, but it sticks in my memory. Henri Salvador went longer than a few steps on the moon.  Every time I bake this cake, I cannot help but sing Juanita Banana… Here is the secret for a tasty banana cake!


  • 3 bananas
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g butter (at room temperature)
  • 100g sugar and 100g homemade vanilla sugar (see recipe below)
    • or 200g sugar and 2 teaspoon vanilla sugar (a small bag à 8g)
  • 200g flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 lemon

Preheat the oven to 180 ° C.

Grate the zest of lemon, then squeeze it to extract the juice.

Beat the eggs with a fork.

Crush the butter with a fork.  Add gradually the sugar and the vanilla sugar.

Add the the zest of the lemon and the eggs.

Peel the bananas, cut them into small slices and add the lemon juice.

Crush the bananas with a fork.

Add the bananas to the butter, sugar and egg mixture.

Mix the flour and baking powder. Add to the banana mixture.

Dress a cake mold with baking paper. I use a long form 10 x 27cm. Pour the dough in a cake mold.

Bake 45 minutes. Prick with a knife to check the baking of the cake (if the blade comes out dry, the cake is ready).

Let the cake rest for 5 minutes in the oven turned off before unmolding.

Enjoy the cake cold. Why not with vanilla ice cream?

Homemade vanilla sugar

  • 200g sugar
  • 2-3 vanilla pods
  • 1 hermetic glass

Split the vanilla pods long and scrape out the seeds. Add the vanilla seeds to the sugar. Put the split pods in a glad and poor the sugar. Keep dry. The vanilla sugar tastes good after 3 weeks. The longer, the best.


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