I was talking to a colleague at work and she was saying that baking a cake looks impossible to her. Can’t do it, can’t figure out the portions, can’t deal with the oven, can’t beat the eggs, can’t, can’t can’t… Why are we so much afraid really? So alright, I can (I actually want to) bake a cake and I really enjoy it but listening to her I thought of other ‘can’t do’ things I have in my head. Sometimes we are so careful not to fail and in the end we don’t live at all. In reality, every moment that you deal with one of your fears that helps you build a new behavior, a new pattern, a new habit and change the way you think. There were times that my cakes failed so badly that I had to throw them away straight after taking them out of the oven (sometimes even without reaching the baking phase). This didn’t stop me from preparing the next cake though, I din’t even thought that since some cakes failed the next ones have more chances to fail too. Why then with certain occasions we don’t even dare to start? There is no right or wrong if that’s what holds you back. I read once that there was a time that a cake failed. it didn’t rise and that’s how the ‘moist’ cakes were born…
10 portions | 70 minutes
- 200gr. flour
- 120gr. sugar
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 60gr. olive oil family nostalgia
- 1tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 big big extra ripe bananas
- Preheat your oven at 180 degrees C an oil a 25cm length baking pan. Lay a baking paper sheet on the pan letting the edges coming out of it.
- In a bowl add and mix the flour, sugar, soda, salt and baking powder.
- in another bowl add and slightly mix the eggs, olive oil and vanilla. Use a fork to puree the bananas in a plate and then add them to the eggs mixture.
- Add the egg mixture to the flour one and slightly mix with a big spoon.
- Put the mixture in the pan and bake for 50′-55′. When ready, take the cake ou of the oven and let it rest for 5′ in the pan and then take it off it and let it cool down completely.
- If you wish you can add* a handfull of walnuts in pieces.
- If you also wish (I am sure you do!) add* a handful of dark chocolate in pieces.
(*right in the final stage before you put the mixture in the pan)