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Put Your Waste to Good Use

Do you have overripe bananas (yes, the bananas that are about to go bad…) lying on your kitchen counter? Well, instead of throwing them out, you can put overripe bananas to good and tasteful use in your next banana cake, banana bread, banana pancake, or banana muffin recipe. In fact, all banana cake recipes call for one or two cups of mashed ripe bananas (the equivalent of two to four medium-sized bananas). When you bake with bananas, not only is your entire house filled with a heavenly, delectable aroma, but the final product is a mouth-watering, guest-pleasing, delicious banana desert extravaganza.


Banana Recipe Tip of the Day

If you have overripe bananas with which you don’t want to bake right away, the good news is that you can freeze them for use at a later time. Bananas can be frozen whole (peels intact) for about six months if they are wrapped airtight, or alternatively, you can peel/mash bananas, add one teaspoon of lemon juice per banana, and then freeze in an airtight freezer bag. When it’s time to prepare your favorite banana cake recipe (or banana bread, pancake, or muffin recipe), the bananas are ready to go!


Types of Banana Cakes

There are myriads of banana cake recipes to choose from, with new creative and original recipes emerging all the time. Simply leaf through your favorite recipe book, leaf through cake decorating magazines, or search the Internet, and you are sure to find an abundance of flavorsome banana cake ideas. The following is just a small ‘taste” of the many types of popular banana cakes relished today:

Moist banana cake, chocolate banana cake, chocolate chip banana cake, banana split cake, fried banana cake, banana cream cake, banana layered cake, cake with banana frosting, almond fudge banana cake, banana cake with cream cheese frosting, banana cupcakes, banana rum cake, banana pancakes, Butterfinger banana cake with peanut butter cream cheese frosting, banana-strawberry cake, and more.


Preparing Bananas for Baking

For any banana cake recipe, simply peel the overripe bananas, break or cut them into a mixing bowl, and mash the bananas into a pulp using a fork.


Banana Bread

Banana bread is unique in that it has a sweet, cake-like taste and resembles a banana cake in its moistness and banana flavor. Also made with mashed bananas and baked in a loaf pan, banana breads are either a quick bread or a yeast bread. Popular types of banana breads are: Banana nut bread (wherein pecans, walnuts or chopped nuts are added), chocolate chip banana bread, light banana bread, and more.


Banana Muffins

Instead of making a banana cake, you can make delicious banana muffins by simply pouring the cake batter into muffin tins instead of a cake pan. Perfect for snacks at home or on the road, you and your family will enjoy moist banana muffins, banana spice muffins, mocha chocolate chip banana muffins, banana oatmeal muffins, sesame crunch banana muffins, strawberry banana muffins, and many more.


Decorating Banana Cakes

Top your favorite banana cakes with cream cheese icing, vanilla icing, a glaze made from icing sugar, strawberry icing, chocolate icing, or any other flavorful frosting that tickles your taste buds! The result will be a tongue-tantalizing desert that will be the talk of the town.