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Easy Banana Cake with Dried Raisins

Banana Cake with Dried Raisins

This banana cake is a delicious and easy-to-make recipe that is perfect for a quick snack or dessert. The bananas add sweetness and moisture to the cake, while the raisins add a bit of sweetness and crunch.

This recipe is simple enough to wow your friends and family and perfect for any occasion. Bananas are the most tropical fruits available all year round and also available and sold at moderate prices; there is no excuse not to have at least a small cluster of bananas. 

Here are a few benefits of making this banana cake with dried raisins recipe

  • It is a delicious and easy-to-make recipe. The bananas add sweetness and moisture to the cake, while the raisins add a bit of sweetness and crunch. This cake is perfect for any occasion and will surely please everyone who tries it.
  • It is a healthy snack or dessert. Bananas are a good source of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber. Raisins are a good source of iron, magnesium, and potassium. This cake is a great way to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables.
  • It is a budget-friendly recipe. The ingredients for this cake are relatively inexpensive, making it a great option for those on a budget.
  • It is a versatile recipe. You can easily customize this recipe to your liking. For example, you can add different types of nuts, spices, or flavorings. You can also make this cake in a variety of shapes and sizes.
  • It is a great way to use up overripe bananas. When overripe bananas start to brown and develop a mushy texture. However, these bananas are still perfectly good to eat. You can use them to make this banana cake, or you can use them in other recipes, such as banana bread or muffins.

Banana cake with dried raisins is a delicious, healthy, and budget-friendly recipe that is perfect for any occasion.

Ingredients for the Banana Cake with Dried Raisins

  • Ripe Bananas: organic bananas have more flavor. It is even better if you have access to fresh bananas (purchased or picked from a farm).
  • Granulated sugar or organic sugar: either type of sugar is good. Use less organic raw sugar, as the batter will be sweeter. Granulated sugar is more processed.
  • Light brown sugar: a required ingredient when making the banana cake. It helps with flavor and moisture.
  • Vegetable oil: used for moisture. This type of oil will keep the cake light.
  • Extra-large eggs: an important ingredient used in baking for texture.
  • Sour cream: used for moisture and to help smooth out the batter.
  • Vanilla extract: used for flavor.
  • Dark rum Rum Barbancourt preferred: Rum Barbancourt because it is smooth and very tasty. Your local liquor may already carry it; if not, it is easy to find the selling locations online. You can also use another good rum brand.
  • Zest of 1 orange: this is recommended for this recipe.
  • All-purpose flour: use a good brand; it helps with flavor and texture.
  • Baking soda: this ingredient helps neutralize the ingredients’ acid and make the cake more palatable.
  • Kosher salt: to balance out the flavors.
  • Dried black raisins: add texture and flavor.
Banana Cake with Dried Raisins
Banana Cake with Dried Raisins

How to make the cake

When making any Banana cake, bread, or muffin recipe, it is often required to stir and not over-mix the ingredients. You want the banana pieces, whether small or medium, to keep their form a little because this will make the texture very moist. Another great idea is to sift the flour, as most baked goods recipes require. Sifting flour makes a batter less lumpy. All the ingredients blend perfectly with each other, and your batter is smooth.

So going back to taste, the smoothness of the rum binds the natural sugar of the fruits together to create a delicious and tasty banana cake which means that I use less sugar in the recipe. By the way, organic with less sugar is better.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 by 2-inch round cake pan or a Bundt pan. For this recipe, we used a bundt pan.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the bananas, granulated sugar, and brown sugar on low speed until combined. Add the oil, eggs, sour cream, vanilla, rum, and orange zest with the mixer still on low. Mix until smooth.
  • Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined with the mixer on low. Stir in the dried raisins. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, turn out onto a cooling rack, and cool completely.
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream if preferred.

Notes and Tips

  • It is best to choose firm and unscarred greenish-yellow bananas when buying bananas and then let them ripen at home. This way, you can monitor and figure out the best ways to use your bananas. They are perfect in recipes such as muffins, bread, and cakes when they become too ripe. 
  • For a richer flavor, use brown sugar instead of white sugar.
  • Using organic sugar, adding less sugar is better.
  • Top the cake with a glaze made from powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract to add even more sweetness.
  • This cake can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Variations:

  • Add 1/2 cup of chopped nuts to the batter.
  • Add 1/2 cup of cocoa powder to the batter for a chocolate banana cake.
  • Sprinkle the top of the cake with chocolate chips before baking.

Try this Banana Cake with Dried Raisins recipe, and let us know what you think.

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Banana Cake with Dried Raisins

A delicious Banana Cake with Dried Raisins. A show stopper, a perfect dessert and even the perfect snack.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 195 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2-3 very ripe bananas mashed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar – organic sugar preferred
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 extra-large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tablespoon dark rum Rum Barbancourt preferred
  • Zest of 1 orange (tangelos or tangelos can be used as well)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup dried black raisins

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 by 2-inch round cake pan or a Bundt pan.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the bananas, granulated sugar, and brown sugar on low speed until combined. With the mixer still on low, add the oil, eggs, sour cream, vanilla, rum, and orange zest. Mix until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Stir in the dried raisins. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, turn out onto a cooling rack, and cool completely. Serve with vanilla ice cream. Very Yummy!

Notes

Revised and updated from Ina Garten – Old Fashion Banana Cake
  • It is best to choose firm and unscarred greenish-yellow bananas when buying bananas and then let them ripen at home. This way, you can monitor and figure out the best ways to use your bananas. They are perfect in recipes such as muffins, bread, and cakes when they become too ripe. 
  • For a richer flavor, use brown sugar instead of white sugar.
  • Using organic sugar, adding less sugar is better.
  • Top the cake with a glaze made from powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract to add even more sweetness.
  • This cake can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Variations:
  • Add 1/2 cup of chopped nuts to the batter.
  • Add 1/2 cup of cocoa powder to the batter for a chocolate banana cake.
  • Sprinkle the top of the cake with chocolate chips before baking.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gramsCalories: 195kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 205mgPotassium: 128mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 112IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 1mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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