Simple Banana Cake Recipe | Slow Cooker Style

I love baking and this is an easy and simple slow cooker banana cake recipe you can make. You should have all the ingredients you need in your pantry or refrigerator as well. I use a 7 inch cake pan but you can use any size cake pan that will fit into your slow cooker. You can also cook this cake directly in your slow cooker if you have a round one but it is more difficult to get out when cooked. The advantage of using the slow cooker instead of the oven is that you can be cooking the main course in the oven and the dessert in the crock pot/slow cooker at the same time. The slow cooking pot also has the advantage of not heating up the kitchen in summer so that’s a bonus.

Simple Banana Cake Recipe

1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
2 large ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs
3 – 4 tbs milk

Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and bananas. Mix in flour and milk alternatively. You may not need all the milk if you use large bananas. Pour the batter into a greased  7-8 inch cake pan and place into your slow cooker. You can also use Slow Cooker Liners to avoid any mess. Cover mixture with several pieces of paper towel and place the lid on securely. Cook on high for 1 to 1.5 hours. Check the mix after an hour as my last cake cooked in that time so it can vary. This cake rises well and is quite moist.

Turn off the cooker and  remove the cake pan and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Lightly run a knife around the edge to release the cake so you can turn it out. You can dust some icing sugar over the cake or ice with lemon icing or cream cheese frosting. If using the frosting, keep leftovers in the refrigerator.

If serving as a dessert I like to place whole pecans on top of the mixture before cooking. Use small ones or they will sink. Alternatively you can mix them through before putting the mixture into the slow cooker. Serve warm with ice cream or cream.

I hope you enjoy this cake as much as I do.

Christmas at my Place

Only  a short time now until Christmas.  What will you be doing?personal Christmas

Christmas for me will be a family occasion with children and grandchildren around us.  We celebrate with a Christmas lunch.  Its summer in Australia so we usually have a cold lunch but every few years we go for a hot one instead.  We start with champagne cocktails, dips, chicken wings and nuts. This year the main meal will be cold meats, seafood and salads.  Dessert will be chocolate dipped strawberries  and pineapple cheesecake.

I don’t have a large house but we manage to seat 12 people for lunch with half of them staying over for dinner.  No one is interested in eating that so they tend to just pick at the leftovers.  We love the bonbons and the party hats and we have special Christmas ceramic serviette rings that I made about 10 years ago and they all like to get the same one each year.

We  open presents after lunch that are under the Christmas tree.  My Christmas tree is decorated with decorations I have collected on our travels over the years and the grandchildren love to help me set it up the week before Christmas. There is lots of noise and laughter and to me its one of the best times of the day, and a time for me to relax.  We then serve coffee and Christmas cake and chocolates.

I love Christmas and I try and make it a personal one by cooking most of the food for the day.  There is a lot of work involved but I just love it.  Having my family around me is the most important part of Christmas for me.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and I hope your day is filled with love.