I saw these mini-loaf pans and thought they’re cute. They’re also good for making cakes to give away. They came in a pack of 5.
I recently used them for a banana-coconut cake which is really Dorie Greenspan’s Lots-of-Ways Banana Cake. The full recipe made exactly five mini-cakes and I gave three of them away including one to my friend, Sue, for her birthday.
This banana cake is moist with chewy coconut shreds. It’s great as a snack or after-school snack for kids and also good for breakfast with tea for mommy! I didn’t frost these cakes but I’m sure they’ll be fantastic with a cream cheese frosting.
Lots-of-Ways Banana Cake
(Adapated from Baking: From my Home to Yours)
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup (packed) light brown sugar (or granulated sugar)
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs, preferably at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons dark rum
About 4 very ripe bananas, mashed (you should have 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 cups)
1/2 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk, regular (stir well before measuring)
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, preferably toasted
Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter 5 mini loaf pans, dust the insides with flour and tap out the excess. Put the pans on a baking sheet.
Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg together. Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugars and beat at medium speed for a couple of minutes, then add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, followed by the vanilla and rum. Lower the speed and add the bananas – the batter will curdle, but that’s fine; it will come together as you add the remaining ingredients. Still on low speed, add the dry and liquid ingredients alternately, adding the flour mixture in 3 portions and the coconut milk in 2 (begin and end with the dry ingredients). Mix just until everything is incorporated. Switch to a rubber spatula and gently stir in the coconut. Divide the batter evenly between the pans. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the cakes are a deep golden brown. They should start to pull away from the sides of the pans and a thin knife inserted into their centers will come out clean. Transfer the cakes to a cooling rack and cool for 5 minutes, then unmold and invert onto another rack to cool to room temperature right side up.
For the original recipe, along with the ways to play around, click here.