Sunday, August 12, 2012

Not giving up!!! I want to make sugarless banana walnut cake!

I failed to make the carrot, pumpkin cake for my girl. Nevertheless, I am not giving up and I am trying something new. Steaming on a frying pan! This is not my idea actually. I got this idea when I read Nami's  Just One Cookbook, she was steaming cakes in it. So I thought of doing the same. If you are into sugarless cake, you may want to try the below recipe. Otherwise, you may want to add 2 tablespoon of sugar when you are beating the egg.

Steaming cakes in a frying pan

Sugarless Banana Walnut Cake

  • 1/2 cup (75g) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda 
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 big ripe banana or 2 small ones ( I used 1 small one and the cake is not sweet)
  • handful of chopped baked walnut
Below method is to prepare for 4 mini steamed cakes


My batter
  1. Chopped the walnuts. 
  2. Set up the frying pan and boil the water over medium high heat.
  3. Mash the bananas.
  4. Whisk the flour, baking soda in a big bowl using fork for about 20 times. Otherwise sift them.
  5. Then beat the egg in a separate bowl. Add the oil and yogurt and whisk them together.
  6. Combine the two mixture and fold in the mashed banana and chopped walnuts. You may want to reserve 4 pieces of walnut to decorate the top of your cakes
  7. Spoon the batter into the 4 prepared foil/ ramekins cups that are lined with paper liners
  8. Put one chopped walnut onto each cup batter.  
  9. Place all 4 foils/ ramekin cups into frying pan (make sure the water is boiling) and steam for 10 min (depending on size of the steam cake, it can be anywhere between 8 min to 15 min)
  10. Use a toothpick or skewer to test whether the cake is ready.
  11. Once it's done, take the cakes out and allow to cool.
Steaming in a frying pan, I can see through the glass cover
Well, one reason for using the frying pan is that I can see through the glass cover whether the cakes are rising. I was quite amazed and worried when I saw my aluminium foils cups 'swimming/ floating' around the pan. I kept thinking, will it work or will it fail? I was practically over the moon when the cakes did rise. 

Although the cake is not sweet at all (I used 1 small banana then), my girl loves it. I probably try to make again the carrot / pumpkin cake, but with lesser quantity of ingredient and more baking soda.
My steamed cakes
Noticed I didn't line 2 of the aluminium foil. I am testing out whether is there any difference in steaming with or without cake liner. It seemed that there is not much difference in size.

I am still trying to figure out why the cake sort of sucken after it is taken out of the pan.

Note: do be careful when steaming this way, I had put too much water once and the boiled water went into the cakes!

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