Banana Mango Cake

>> Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I am going to be trite here and say something you have heard a million times recently:

I can't believe it's almost Christmas! And I can't believe another year has gone by!

What an eventful revolution around the sun it has been - so many changes, laughter, tears, joy, personal growth (which I wish there were more of!) and blessings. Another year of God's faithfulness.

What have I been up to apart from humming Disney songs (thanks to all those people who changed their facebook profile to Disney characters!) and eating buttered corns?

Well, I've signed up for this website which requires me to fill in my personal information like what I do in my spare time and what my daily routine is like. I wrote about which type of people I am compatible and can get along with. Things I can't stand in a person. You get the picture. I am trying to be 'matched' and connected with the people in this city.

I mean to me, this seems like the last resort. Especially if you are a bit desperate and just can't find 'the one'?  So, today I met up with a potential 'match' after work. I went over to the that person's place actually. 

Whoa, you're thinking...aren't you moving a little bit too fast Viv?!

Friends, I don't know what you're thinking, but I am looking for a flatmate/roommate of course! I'm sorry, I didn't mean to lead you on. To think that this is some juicy post. But I just couldn't stop chuckling to myself when I was filling out the flatmate finder form. This is just a bit funny to me.

But yes, I am moving. Again. It's hard. It's tiring. It's oh-very-exciting. The house I saw tonight wasn't the one unfortunately. It was nice and warm. But it needs to work on its hygiene a little bit to be considered a contender. 

Let's hope the next few ones I see will be good! I'm dreaming about a light filled kitchen with some mango trees in the backyard.

Just because, I love mangoes. 

When life don't give you enough bananas, you can just use mangoes. Truly.

I was having a dilemma when I was making my usual banana cake weeks ago, only to find at the last minute that one banana was missing!  Calm down. Quick, think of your feet! What do I have. Mangoes! Now, where have I heard about mango bread before? Thanks Deb! I remember she said that mango bread is the Hawaiian's answer to our banana bread!

I used my usual banana bread recipe and just substituted a banana for 1 small mango. I also added in some nutmeg and cinnamon.

The verdict? This is like eating the most fragrant piece of cake ever. When I took a bite, I was thinking, 'This tastes sooo pretty'. Weird I know. But the mango and nutmeg add much 'perfume' to this banana bread that I can just imagine having this with a cup tea with my future potential flatmates in our mango-tree filled backyard.

Banana Mango Cake
Inspired by How to be a Domestic Goddess
  • 175g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 50g unsalted butter, melted
  • 50ml grapeseed oil (or similar neutral cooking oil)
  • 1/4 cup yoghurt (I used greek yoghurt)
  • 150g sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 small, very ripe bananas (about 300g weighed without skin), mashed
  • 1 medium sized mango (Updated 8/12/2010: it's Mango not Banana - sorry for the typo!)
  • (optional) a handful of chopped pecans (just because I found them in the pantry)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC/gas mark 3 and get started on the rest.

2. Put the flour, baking powder, bicarb and salt in a medium-sized bowl and, using your hands or a wooden spoon, combine well.

3. In a large bowl, mix the melted butter, grapeseed oil, yoghurt and sugar and beat until blended. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the mashed bananas and mangoes (cut into small cubes)

4. Then, with your wooden spoon, stir in the pecans (optional) and vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture, a third at a time, stirring well after each bit.

5. Scrape into the loaf tin and bake in the middle of the oven for 1-1 1/4 hours. When it's ready, an inserted toothpick or fine skewer should come out cleanish.

6. Leave in the tin on a rack to cool, and eat thickly or thinly sliced, as you prefer.


j3ss kitch3n December 7, 2010 at 11:12 PM  

i could almost imagine how fragrant and delicious this must be! can i be your room mate? lol!

grub December 7, 2010 at 11:41 PM  

heehee i like how you improvised! the cake sounds very tropical, very suitable for the weather lately huh!

hope you find your dream roommate soon :) btw i've found a p/t job as a kitchen hand/errand runner at my aunt's and uncle's place

hanushi December 8, 2010 at 12:46 AM  

Yah, it is almost end of year... Can't believe it either.

This cake looks great!!!

hanushi December 8, 2010 at 12:54 AM  

Gentle note, there seems to be a typo for mango / banana somewhere in your ingredients. :)

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart December 8, 2010 at 5:22 AM  

I would never have thought to use mango's but it does sound very good. Did you mean 1 medium sized mango instead of banana? I will try this.

Hope you find just the right new home :) with just the right roommate!

chow and chatter December 8, 2010 at 6:01 AM  

this cake looks great and so moist thanks so much for visiting my blog i am a new follower LOL Rebecca

Helen (Grab Your Fork) December 8, 2010 at 7:57 AM  

I love banana cake and I love mangoes but I've never tried them both together! Looks delicious, and adding pecans sounds even better.

Zoe December 8, 2010 at 1:28 PM  

I can't believe another year is ending and it's Christmas soon again...

I'm glad that I've past the "house-hunting" and "looking-for-housemate" phase of life. Can't do this anymore as I'm getting too old for this... I hope that you will find a great house to live, fun people to share your cooking and a lovely bright kitchen to do lots of cooking :D

Love your mango cake. I can see that it's a healthy recipe with not much oil used and lots of fresh fruits...yum :D

Julie December 8, 2010 at 8:28 PM  

I dont approve of you being a damn tease *whacks*

show me the juicy bits!!

Viv December 8, 2010 at 10:50 PM  

j3sskitch3n: Yes! But you just gotta move here girl!

grub: Tropical indeed! CONGRATS on the summer job! I'm sure you'll be a great kitchen hand for your uncle/aunty!

hanushi: Thanks SO much for the heads-up about the typo :D I've updated it now. Yes, another year...hmmmm.

LDH: Thanks :) And yes you're right, I meant 1 medium mango instead of banana. Hehe all that house hunting is making me a little bit light headed lol.

Chow & Chatter: Thanks you :D

Helen: Yep pecans add a nice crunch to this :D

Zoe: I feel like I am too old for this too sometimes. It's exhausting...I'm so over it. Just wanna settle down :P Thanks - it's def a bit 'healthier' than some other banana cakes out there!

Julie: LOL :P no juicy bits girl!

Joanne December 8, 2010 at 11:14 PM  

dude I totally thought you were online dating at first. But that's probably because I am constantly online dating. SO I project my feelings/emotions on others. Constantly.

Good luck finding a new flat/roommate!

This mango banana bread sounds delicious! Moist and perfect in every way.

Jeannie December 9, 2010 at 3:32 AM  

Looks yummy! I love mangoes too though not so the banana...maybe I'll just substitute all bananas to mangoes if I try this one:D

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef December 9, 2010 at 4:10 AM  

What a delightful cake! And you are cracking me up. Of course I was expecting a juicy story! lol

kirbie December 9, 2010 at 8:48 AM  

I never thought about adding mango to banana bread but it sounds like a delicious combination. I started my blog after no longer living with roommates. I'm glad I did. Now looking back, I can't imagine what roommates would feel about the excessive baking and photographing.

OohLookBel December 9, 2010 at 1:05 PM  

Such a brilliant idea to add mango to the cake/bread. I can't wait to try this recipe, so thanks!

Jen December 10, 2010 at 3:38 PM  

Good luck in finding the perfect share-house! Maybe a Melbournian food blogger? Haha...

By the way, love the idea of baking banana + mango! I imagine it'd so fragrant with a luscious ripe mango... mmm...

Deborah December 11, 2010 at 3:30 AM  

I'm glad I could provide some inspiration! I love the combo of banana and mango here - I have got to try this!

Anonymous,  December 14, 2010 at 8:25 AM  

I can't believe it's almost Christmas either! But don't tell anyone I said that...

And, incidentally, I'm moving too... Moving in winter is hard! Especially when it involves driving across the country... Good luck with your new place!

I've never had it, maybe I'll try to make it, but something tells me that banana mango cake is soo much better than just banana cake.

Zoe December 14, 2010 at 10:08 AM  

Viv, Hope that your house-and-housemates-hunting are both on the right track. I hope that everything works well for you.

I am passing on 2 more awards to you (at my blog). Thanks for giving me lots of cooking inspirations.

Joyti December 14, 2010 at 8:06 PM  

Maybe trite, but perfectly true! I can't believe it either.
I have banana-desserts on my mind too. The addition of mango must make this cake heavenly.

Anna December 15, 2010 at 10:10 AM  

Looks delicious Vivienne! I <3 mangoes!

The Food Librarian December 16, 2010 at 12:13 PM  

This looks delicious! I love mango and tea cakes. I'm in denial about Christmas coming up so quickly! And finding the right roommate is sometimes more difficult than finding the right romantic mate! :) - mary the food librarian

YW December 17, 2010 at 11:52 AM  

Moving again??? Can't stand that dim kitchen any longer ?? :) All the best with house hunting!! Hope you get a nice bright kitchen that you can cook & take photos till your heart's content :)

delphcotecuisine December 20, 2010 at 2:52 AM  

Looks yummy...
lovely blog and pictures too
bises from France

Heidi Leon Monges February 7, 2011 at 9:08 PM  

I would never have thought on adding mango to a banana cake. What a wonderful idea. To make it more tropical I would add some coconut. What do you think?

Anonymous,  April 25, 2011 at 11:10 PM  

i decided to add one more ingredient to this already delicious cake...butterscotch pudding!!! it was a hit even for the kids. then i topped it off with cream cheese icing. thanks for the recipe!! anna c.

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