Mum’s Banana Cake

Mum's Banana Cake | Octavia and Vicky

What’s your favourite cake? I find it hard to choose just one favourite… but when I was a child I always chose banana cake on my birthday. As long as it’s moist, full of real banana flavour, and comes smothered in cream cheese icing, then bring it on. I was digging through my Mum’s old recipe books again, and I found her Banana Cake recipe….. well, I thought it was her old recipe.

Mum's Banana Cake | Octavia and VickyWhatthought was Mum’s original recipe. As it turns out. Not. 

Pebble and I followed this recipe to whip up a lovely cake. She was very excited to be making a cake because making a cake means decorating a cake. She immediately decided that she wanted this cake to be pink. With glitter stars on top. Now, being the top notch food blogger that I am, I had other ideas. I was going for classic white. Maybe a sprinkling of coconut? …. then I remembered. I’m NOT a top notch food blogger. I’m a mum-parenting-family-fun kind of blogger…  bring on the pink cake!

Mum's Banana Cake | Octavia and Vicky

I made the cake according to the recipe (photographed above), not really paying much attention to the method, because I know my way around cake making these days. Cream this. Sift that. Fold this. Bake that. It turned out just lovely, and no different to Mum’s from back in the day. Although I ignored the instructions to fill it with cream and sift icing sugar of the top. She never did it like that!? It was only as I started to rewrite the recipe for this blog post that I saw the words “fold in the sifted flour, salt and soda alternately with the milk“. Um. Milk? Milk is not listed in the ingredients! And I didn’t include it in my cake.

I called Mum and asked her what’s the deal with the milk. I hear her fumbling about over the phone, pulling out the recipe book. She starts rattling off ingredients… different amounts of ingredients to what I have in her hand writing in front of me. As it turns out, the recipe I used is not THE banana cake that mum used to make for me on my birthday. THIS (below) is the banana cake that she used to make for me – straight out of the Mothers’ Favourites cookbook from our local playgroup in the early 1980s. We had a giggle over some of the other recipes that she found in there…. Jellied Pineapple and Carrot Salad? Fritz Cups?  I have a group of friends that would love to make a dinner party out of that crazy cook book. Mum has since passed the recipe book on to me – stay tuned! Until then, without further ado, I give you:

Mum’s Banana Cake

(also known as Alice’s cake…. thanks Alice!)

Mum's Banana Cake | Octavia and Vicky

Mum's Banana Cake | Octavia and Vicky

Top it off with lashings of cream cheese icing (lurid colours and sugar glitter optional) and try to stop at just one piece.

What was your ‘birthday’ cake of choice when you were growing up? Did you get a choice?!

Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

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4 Replies to “Mum’s Banana Cake”

  1. Oh gosh, my mother-in-law honestly makes a carrot and pineapple jelly salad! She makes it for Christmas usually. I do have to say it is not *as* bad as it sounds…but I still remember being horrified when I saw it the first time. My husband and his siblings love it though :)

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